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Plagiarism of my work on the traveling heater method

On July 7, 2016, without my knowledge, Derby stripped my name from the author list of a paper to which I made major contributions and submitted it to Journal of Crystal Growth with a fraudulent author list that included a gift authorship to one of his colleagues. (doc22) This paper was published online on August 30, 2016 under the title Analysis of the traveling heater method for the growth of cadmium telluride, in volume 454, pages 45-58, with Jeffrey H. Peterson, Michael Fiederle, and Jeffrey J. Derby listed as authors. My name is given in the acknowledgments section, where it is said that I "supported this work through code development." My code, Cats2D, is not mentioned in either the narrative or the citations.

Eleven months earlier, on August 3, 2015, Jeff Peterson gave an oral presentation on this work at a conference. (doc23) The title was Analysis of the growth of cadmium zinc telluride (CdTe) by the traveling heater method (THM) and the authors were Peterson, Yeckel, and Derby. The results shown in this slide presentation correspond nearly one to one with the figures in the paper by Peterson, Fiederle, and Derby.

On October 31, 2015, a few months after Peterson made this presentation, an article was published on this same subject in the Journal of Crystal Growth, volume 452, pages 12-16. (doc24) This article, A fundamental limitation on growth rates in the traveling heater method, by Jeffrey H. Peterson, Andrew Yeckel, and Jeffrey J. Derby, acknowledges my code Cats2D in both the narrative and the citations, as has been customary in all papers previously published based on results obtained by Cats2D. It says this:

"For the sake of brevity, we will briefly outline our model for the traveling heater method; a more detailed discussion is presented in [11]."

and gives this citation:

"[11] J.H. Peterson, A. Yeckel, J.J. Derby, A comprehensive model for the growth of cadmium telluride (CdTe) by the traveling heater method (THM), J. Cryst. Growth, in preparation."

No paper has been published under that title. But the paper by Peterson, Fiederle, and Derby (doc22) is obviously that paper, simply by a different title, with my name stripped from the author list and Fiederle's name added. Consider the first sentence of the abstract:

"We discuss the development and implementation of a comprehensive mathematical model for the traveling heater method (THM) that is formulated to realistically represent the interactions of heat and species transport, fluid flow, and interfacial dissolution and growth under conditions of local thermodynamic equilibrium and steady-state growth."

This is echoed in the first sentence of the conclusions:

"We have presented a comprehensive mathematical and computational model for the growth of cadmium telluride by the traveling heater method."

To be clear, I've underlined the title of the "missing" paper here.

Soon thereafter, on January 7, 2016, another closely related article was published in Journal of Crystal Growth, volume 452, pages 17-21. (doc25) This article, Analysis of the effects of a rotating magnetic field on the growth of cadmium zinc telluride by the traveling heater method under microgravity conditions, by Zaoyang Li, Jeffrey H. Peterson, Andrew Yeckel, and Jeffrey J. Derby makes a similar citation:

"[18] J.H. Peterson, A. Yeckel, M. Fiederle, J.J. Derby, A comprehensive model for the growth of cadmium telluride (CdTe) by the traveling heater method (THM), J. Cryst. Growth, submitted for publication."

The title is identical and my name is still there, but Fiederle's name has been added. The citation claims the paper has been submitted, but no paper has been published under that title, which suggests that either it had not yet been submitted, or the title was changed after it was first submitted.

These documents show that Derby credited my contributions to this work at least through early 2016. My name was removed from the work suddenly in mid-2016 when he submitted the paper on July 7, obviously in retribution for the paper I had published five weeks earlier on May 28. Fiederle's name was added around the same time, even though he had not been credited when it was presented at the conference in 2015. There is no rationale for doing this.

To comprehend how egregious it was for Derby to publish this work without crediting me, it is necessary to understand how much I contributed to it. Six years earlier, on March 4, 2010, Derby sent an email to me, and to his student at the time Nan Zhang (doc26). Attached to it was notes on a model for THM that Derby was putting together (doc27). Between March 4 and March 8 Derby and I exchanged extensive notes and ideas on this model formulation as Zhang looked on (doc28, doc29).

The following summer Zhang attempted to apply this model using Cats2D, without success. (doc30, doc31). On August 18, 2011, Derby distributed notes on his updated understanding of the model. (doc32) On September 12, 2011, I distributed my own notes, and explained to Zhang how to set up the problem in Cats2D. (doc33, doc34). It should be noted that I implemented this model in my Cats2D software working alone, and personally tested and verified it before any student got involved.

On Dec 22, 2011, Derby distributed a final set of notes that combined his notes (arrived at through extensive discussions with me), and my own notes, with the message "FYI…Here is the document I'm giving to Jeff Peterson to help him get started on the THM model." (doc35, doc36) This is the model found in Peterson's dissertation and used to generate results for all his published works.

My contributions did not stop there. I have assembled some of the emails between me and Jeff Peterson, starting in the summer of 2012, documenting my frequent and long running guidance on conducting his research. These emails demonstrate the cradle to grave support I gave to Peterson on this work. (doc37).