Friday, February 28, 2014

Is that Science Study You Are Reading Valid?

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How computer-generated fake papers are flooding academia

More and more academic papers that are essentially gobbledegook are being written by computer programs – and accepted at conferences

Like all the best hoaxes, there was a serious point to be made. Three MIT graduate students wanted to expose how dodgy scientific conferences pestered researchers for papers, and accepted any old rubbish sent in, knowing that academics would stump up the hefty, till-ringing registration fees.

Read the entire story at the link below.

Our Notes:  Next time you hear someone citing a scientific paper, you may want to know more about the validity of that so called study.  It may not be real, in fact, it turn out to be nothing more than a scam.
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