Monthly Archives: February 2014

How to get published without even trying

Nature news today published an online article stating that over 120 publications from non-open access journals, cited as ‘gibberish’, have been removed from online access as they have been shown to be automatically generated by a computer. Seems fitting…

Cyril Labbé published a paper in 2010 demonstrating that he ‘invented’ a computer science author, Ike Antkare, who managed to go from unknown to 21st most cited scientist in just a year, by publishing gibberish using a piece of MIT developed software called SCIgen.

It has since come out, reports Nature, that people have actually been using this software to write and publish papers and conference abstracts, and not for a joke! Labbé invented a piece of software to detect paper generated by SCIgen. He informed the IEEE of these gibberish articles, which were immediately removed, having already reported a batch of 85 papers the year before! Someone seems keen to keep publishing, even if it is nonsense.

This highlights a huge problem with the peer review process for some Access Journals in some academic fields. Hopefully second times the charm and they’ll buck their ideas up?

Admittedly this phenomenon is limited to Computer Science, and most of the recent discoveries have been found in China, but still! Fortunately, too many people in the social and health sciences like to argue so there’s only a limited chance I, or anyone else cheeky enough to try, could get away with this in Cognitive Psychology.

Three people in my office had a go, and in the spirit of open access, I have pasted our newly generated paper below, simply named ‘A Case for E-Business’, by Steffen Nestler, Leon Fonville and Emma Palmer.