A photo of our illustrious academic,
Professor Boris Delilbasic, PhD
It’s gotten too easy to prank scientific journals.
Three Serbian academics, maybe after they’d spent a night drinking too many bottles of wine and complaining about how they were expected to publish anything, no matter how stupid, decided:
"What we really need to do – I’ll tell you what we really need to do – let’s shine up a turd and submit it to a journal, show them that they’ll trust anything because they verify nothing!"
So they did – they wrote up a fake paper and called it "Evaluation of Transformative Hermeneutic Heuristics for Processing Random Data" and submitted it to a Romanian journal called Metalurgia International.
It was published.
Because even though it was gobbledygook, it did have the form of a real paper, and contained charts and graphs and references like a real paper, and demonstrated its astonishing academic superiority with astonishing paragraphs such as:
"Our work has been inspired and directly founded on various astonishing research by intellectual giants in various interesting fields of social science and practically conducted and supported by the advances in multiple technical disciplines, thus giving this work a veritable multidisciplinary aura. We place our work in context with the prior work in several multidisciplinary areas."
If someone had actually read the paper, however, they might have noticed a clue in one of the sentences used:
"Our heuristics is broadly related to work in the field of hermeneutics by Sokal…"
The reference to Alan Sokal is significant because he wrote an important paper published in the journal Social Text in 1996 called: "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutic of Quantum Theory".
The paper that Alan Sokal wrote and gotten published had gotten worldwide attention. That’s because it was complete nonsense – Mr. Sokal submitted his parody paper to a journal to prove that writers who spouted crap, and who had no actual knowledge of science, could get published.
The subsequent revelation of the hoax became known as the Sokal affair.
And never mind writing, references or science – it’s clear that nobody with a knowledge of hair looked closely at the obviously Harpo-Marx-inspired curly-wig photo of Professor Boris Delilbasic, PhD.
Or noticed the Groucho-Marx-styled swipe of fake mustache painted on another writer, Professor Dragan Z Duiric, PhD.
Professor Dragan Z Duiric, PhD
Pranksters everywhere must salute you: "To your health, gentleman! To your health!"
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