A singularly strange PhD thesis
based on a virtual paper by N. Rusomarov, O. Kochukhov
and T. Ryabchikova, that has never been published


A search in Uppsala University Library gives information on the following doctoral


where on p. 2 one finds
Dissertation presented at Uppsala University to be publicly examined in Polhemsalen,
Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, Friday, 15 April 2016 at 13:15 for the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The examination will be conducted in English. Faculty
examiner: Prof. Dr. Werner Weiss (University of Vienna, Institute for Astronomy).

and on p. 5 it reads
"This thesis is based on the following papers, which are referred to in the text
by their Roman numerals.

III Rusomarov, N., Kochukhov, O., and Ryabchikova, T.
Three-dimensional magnetic and abundance mapping of the cool Ap
star HD 24712 III. Three-dimensional abundance distribution of iron
and calcium, to be submitted to A&A

Reprints were made with permission from the publishers."

Obviously (the titles of papers I-III make it very clear), paper III is the centre-piece of
the whole dissertation. But when you click any of the many links to paper III offered
by Uppsala University Library, there is no such paper!

Not only is there no "Full Text Online" there is simply nothing to find on paper III. You
might try to have a look at a virtual "Article in journal (Other academic)"

but you will only find an abstract, not the paper. Has Uppsala University Library forgotten to
set the correct links?  Nope !

Looking for Rusomarov in
for the years 2015-2017 gives you a short list of papers

but again no paper III.

More than 1 year has passed since N. Rusomarov got his PhD but paper III still has not been
published in any journal, obscure, academic, refereed ... For many a scientist it may
already be rather difficult to understand how it is possible to get a PhD on basis of a paper
yet to be submitted to A&A (or submitted, but not accepted). What however makes this case
appear unique is the fact the an article that has obviously been rejected by one or several
referees asked by A&A and perhaps by more referees asked by MNRAS or ApJ is listed by
Uppsala University Library. 

It should be mentioned that the extended abstract in the PhD thesis reveals the use of an
entirely unphysical regularisation function -- initially proposed by O. Kochukhov in 2009
http://apn.arm.ac.uk/serendipity/varia/pres_IAU_Rio/Kochukhov.pdf  -- which does not
take into account any of the theoretical results published in numerous refereed articles
over the past 13 years (e.g. Alecian 2015 
https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv2205) and
cannot be justified by any known physical processes in magnetic Cp stars. I myself 
would certainly have done the same as the anonymous referee(s) asked by A&A, i.e.
recommended rejection of paper III.

Let me finish with the acknowledgements in the Rusomarov PhD thesis:
"I would like to thank my scientific supervisors, Oleg Kochukhov and Nikolai Piskunov, for
their guidance and wisdom over the course of my PhD studies. Oleg, thank you for your
precious scientific advices and comments on the papers and my thesis. This work
is yours as much as it is mine

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