letter from Dr. Yuh-Shan Ho, submitted to Electronic Journal of
Biotechnology, we would like to address the following topics:
We considered that the concept of pseudo-second order kinetics is
well established among researchers from this area, and we believe
that it is no longer necessary to include reference(s) regarding
this point. In our paper submitted at Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
we have included some literature references, discussing kinetics
of sorption by biological materials, and those papers did not mention
the original Lagergren's or Ho's works, as well. We consider that,
once a model is accepted by scientific community (represented by
its citation and/or use in the technical literature), there is no
need to keep on mentioning works previously dealing with such model.
We also believe that "A research paper's contribution exists
not only in its originality and creativity but also in its continuity
and development for research that follows", as stated by Dr.
Ho. On the other hand, we also consider that the wide acceptability
of models by the scientific community is the best means of providing
credibility to such models, so, there is no need to mention original
references to every published papers.
Dr. Ho suggests that Ho's pseudo-second order kinetic expression
paper should be cited by us in the above mentioned paper. I believe
that, for editorial reasons, it is impossible, in 2004, to change
a paper that has already been published in 2003 at Electronic Journal
of Biotechnology, to include Dr. Ho's reference.