These are not the papers you are looking for: Three American science journals publish spoof ‘scientific study’ full of Star Wars references that was authored by ‘Dr Lucas McGeorge’ and ‘Dr Annette Kin’

These are not the papers you are looking for: Three American science journals publish spoof ‘scientific study’ full of Star Wars references that was authored by ‘Dr Lucas McGeorge’ and ‘Dr Annette Kin’, by the Daily Mail.

A neurology expert has revealed they were able to convince a trio of medical journals to publish their Star Wars-themed ‘fake’ manuscript, despite it being packed full of references to George Lucas’ iconic series.

The author, who writes online under the name Neuroskeptic, said their paper titled ‘Mitochondria: Structure, Function and Clinical Relevance’ was poorly written and ‘an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes’.

‘I wanted to test whether ‘predatory’ journals would publish an obviously absurd paper,’ the hoax’s author wrote for Discover Magazine.

‘So I created a spoof manuscript about “midi-chlorians” – the fictional entities which live inside cells and give Jedi their powers in Star Wars.

‘I filled it with other references to the galaxy far, far away, and submitted it to nine journals under the names of Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin.’

The name of the authors given in the fake piece are thinly-veiled references to Lucas – Star Wars’ creator – and Anakin Skywalker.

Neuroskeptic went on in their blog post to explain the paper was picked up by four different journals — the American Journal of Medical and Biological Research, the International Journal of Molecular Biology: Open Access, the Austin Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and American Research Journal of Biosciences. The AJMBR did not publish the paper but did request a $360 fee in order to do so. …

Some of the journals he sent it to were quick to shoot the work down. some of the journals he sent it to were quick to shoot the work down. …

“It’s just a reminder that at some “peer reviewed” journals, there really is no meaningful peer review at all,’ Neuroskeptic said. All I did, as Lucas McGeorge, was test the quality of the products being advertised.’

Philip comments:

Since funding for the sciences by governments began back in the mid 20th century, they have, IMO, gone progressively downhill.

Of relevance, again, IMO, is that for many decades the only sport in Australia that was not government funded was surfing. For that same period, it was the only sport that Australia consistently dominated at world events.

hat-tip Philip Barton