120 Science Journal Papers were Pulled for Being Total Gibberish
Mar 02, 2014 10:52
Not every study or science journal is real. Don't believe everything you read. There's a chance it could be 100 percent, bullshit. And if they are B.S., they get pulled. That's what happened this week.
Nature revealed that scientific journal publishers Springer and IEEE are both removing over 120 published papers after discovering that every single one is gibberish. It was discovered by French computer scientist Cyril Labbé, who's spent the past two years cataloguing the collection of computer-generated bullshit.
The papers sound like they could be plausible, so it was hard to detect. One of it was a proceeding from a 2013 engineering conference in China, titled "TIC: a methodology for the construction of e-commerce." It sounds super vague. Plausible? Here's the abstract:
In recent years, much research has been devoted to the construction of public-private key pairs; on the other hand, few have synthesized the visualization of the producer-consumer problem. Given the current status of efficient archetypes, leading analysts famously desires the emulation of congestion control, which embodies the key principles of hardware and architecture. In our research, we concentrate our efforts on disproving that spreadsheets can be made knowledge-based, empathic, and compact.
The paper uses big fancy words, presumably to throw you the fuck off. The entire reason the papers exist in the first place is because of an MIT-made program called SCIgen, a piece of software created in 2005 for the sole purpose of proving that conferences constantly accept bullshit papers.
Sixteen of the papers were published by Springer while over 100 of the bizarre culprits were put out by the IEEE. [Nature]
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