A report at the first link below says more and more academic papers that are essentially gobbledegook 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.
It took only a handful of days for the students to write a simple computer program that churned out gobbledegook and presented it as an academic paper. They put their names on one of the papers, sent it to a conference, and promptly had it accepted.
The software is called SCIgen, which randomly combines strings of words to produce fake computer-science papers.
A program has now been written to detect papers containing gibberish written by SCIgen. Will that be the end of gobbledegook science papers?
Not as long as the collection of hefty conference registration fees remains a high priority.