The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Journal Accepts CRAP
Cornell grad student Philip Davis describes on Scholarly Kitchen an experiment he designed to test the peer-review process at Bentham Science, a publisher of "open-access" journals. (Open-access journals charge authors for publication, but make the articles available for free.)

He used software to create an article full of computer-generated nonsense, such as, "we discuss existing research into red-black trees, vacuum tubes, and courseware [10]. On a similar note, recent work by Takahashi suggests a methodology for providing robust modalities, but does not offer an implementation [9]."

He told Bentham the manuscript had two co-authors from the Center for Research in Applied Phrenology (CRAP). Four months after submitting it, a Bentham representative told him the manuscript had passed peer-review and would be published in The Open Information Science Journal... assuming he paid the $800 publication fee. He declined the offer. New Scientist has more details.

Four years ago a group of MIT students pioneered the "computer-generated article" hoax when they submitted a nonsense paper that was accepted for presentation at the World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics Conference. Though you can go back to 1944's Ern Malley hoax for an example of hoaxers submitting nonsense for publication.
Categories: Science
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 11, 2009
Comments (5)
N.B. Open Access as defined in this article is Gold O.A., as distinct from Green O.A.
Posted by Robert Seddon  in  Durham, UK  on  Thu Jun 11, 2009  at  08:06 PM
personally i prefer SCIgen, I have used it successfully several times with most amusing results.
Posted by John  on  Thu Jun 11, 2009  at  09:08 PM
Kind of reminds me of the Atlanta Nights hoax.
Posted by Yoyogod  on  Thu Jun 11, 2009  at  11:41 PM
John, it actually was SCIgen he used. I just failed to mention that.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Jun 12, 2009  at  12:37 AM
You don't mention Alan Sokal's fake paper for Social Text, in which he argued that liberal politics are rooted in quantum physics.
Posted by Goober  on  Fri Jun 12, 2009  at  04:02 PM
Commenting is no longer available for this post.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.