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It's the 'Worst' Science Paper Ever -- Filled With Plagiarism and Garble -- and Journals Are Clamouring to Publish It

Science & Tech  (tags: scientists, research, science journals, ethics, dishonesty, society, investigation, internet, interesting )

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When scientists make discoveries, they publish their results in academic journals. The journals review the discovery with independent experts, and if everything checks out they publish the work.


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Deb E (63)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 10:10 pm
Good to know that if we want to write a research paper, we can pay to have it published in off the wall journals that no one will ever read. Glad to see the scammers are getting outed.

Freya H (345)
Friday April 25, 2014, 9:10 am
Very unfortunate that even deliberately awful scientific "papers" can get published. That is one drawback of the Internet, anything can get out there. Fortunately, there are plenty of legitimate sites out there. Unfortunately, laymen can't always tell what is wheat and what is chaff.

Lona G (66)
Friday April 25, 2014, 10:14 am
The pressure to publish in academia is terrible and these 'publishers' feed on that.

The trouble is that even publishers of standing with high ranking journals can't always tell when parts of the article are plagiarized or - worse - when results are made up. We had a very well known social psychologist here in Holland who's whole career and academic standing was built on his thinking up nice new models and hypotheses to test, going home instead of going out to test and then coming back with the most magnificent and statistically significant results, all proving his theories of course. One of these was that meat eaters were (much) bigger jerks than vegetarians, all sponsored by an animal welfare organisation. His results were always so perfect and his experiments so brilliant that it took years before people dared to question them. He admitted to it when asked for the raw data to check his analyses and he couldn't produce them.
By the way, he's ruined the lives and careers of several fellow researchers and PHD students whom he published with and who were unaware of his deception.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday April 25, 2014, 1:50 pm
Well, no wonder there are so many climate deniers out there. Apparently one can find a paper in SOME journal to support absolutely any cockamamie theory.

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 26, 2014, 11:05 am
It's the Publish-or-Perish Syndrome. Research scientists and academics alike are judged by the number of publications they can punch out, not how good the work is. The focus is on quantity, not quality. With a limited number of top-quality journals out there (with limited space), no wonder scientists--the good ones as well as the bad ones--are turning to unreviewed or poorly reviewed online publications. These outfits are the vanity presses of science: If I want to write a novel but have no talent, I can skip Random House and pay some back room vanity press to publish it, no matter how bad it is. These "scientific publications" not only cheapen ligitimate research but make it a lot harder to tell the real thing from amateurish BS. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday April 27, 2014, 9:00 am
The reality has become a game. To uncover bottom-feeding publishers, the simplest way was to submit something that absolutely shouldn’t be published by anyone, anywhere. It was done, absolutely non-sensible, yet offers started rolling in,. So scientists have to stick with reliable publishers they know and trust even though it costs more. These kind of publishers are publishing anything, whether the articles are based on facts or pure rubbish. So we all have to do the research ourselves, and not believe everything that is published, Some journalists are just as bad, publishing and reporting on incidents before they have the actual facts. Thanks Carrie.

Jeanne Young (19)
Sunday April 27, 2014, 8:56 pm
News Flash ! There IS such a thing as "Bad Science"!
Thanks Carrie - sometimes a wake-up call is in order
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