Here in Nature News from yesterday:
Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York. Both publishers, which were privately informed by Labbé, say that they are now removing the papers.
In 2005, MIT researchers invented SCIgen, software that “randomly combines strings of words to produce fake computer-science papers,” to demonstrate that “conferences would accept meaningless papers.”
Worth remembering when we are informed that mountains and mountains of data support Darwin’s mechanism for evolution, or some other contested theory.
Yeh, we see mountains all right.
The sad thing, of course, is the self-righteous folk rushing to defend science as it is, in articles, columns, and letters, at the very time when others are trying to clean it up. They often sound like they have been using SCIgen hoaxer themselves – but believe it anyway.
See also: Journalist wonders, why Creation Museum inspires rage, whole foods scams don’t (sky fell last night too, by the way)
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