Alright, Slate has published, “How Gobbledygook Ended Up in Respected Scientific Journals“. I’ve read other articles on this across the past couple of years. By report in this one and those other’s, back in 2005 a group of MIT students created a set of algorithms which generated seemingly good but facetious articles. Enough of those were accepted, and still are to prove their point.
Becoming published, today, has moved from putting forward one’s research to becoming one of many shots fired in the fight for academic stance. Until this is changed as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment demands, we must be questioning both those journals and the validity of what academic journals put between their covers.
Even Peter Higgs has said, “I wouldn’t be productive enough for today’s academic system.”