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A ciência, ao longo dos séculos, tem presentado a humanidade com os mais diversos avanços. A contribuição poderia ser ainda maior não fossem alguns “predadores” de trabalhos científicos.

Trilha sonora: Space Trip II…

A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it. NeuroskepticJul 22, 2017

Four journals fell for the sting. The American Journal of Medical and Biological Research (SciEP) accepted the paper, but asked for a $360 fee, which I didn’t pay. Amazingly, three other journals not only accepted but actually published the spoof. Here’s the paper from the International Journal of Molecular Biology: Open Access(MedCrave), Austin Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Austin) and American Research Journal of Biosciences (ARJ) I hadn’t expected this, as all those journals charge publication fees, but I never paid them a penny.

Edit 28th July: All of the above journals have now deleted the paper, so I’ve made it available on Scribd.

Persona 3 FES – Maya — Referências História do artigo sobre Midi-chlorians publicado em revistas predatórias

Artigo sobre os Midi-chlorians aceito pela American Research Journal

With the phylogenetic and evolutionary relationships of the kingdoms Animalia, Plantae, and Fungi mostly out of the way, attention is now turning towards the Monstrasinu, commonly known as “Pocket Monsters” or “Pokémon” for short. Starting from the 151 original “species” described by Japanese scientist Satoshi Tajiri in a 1996 monograph, Pokémon science today continues to be a rewarding field for taxonomists. Every three to four years, several new species are discovered and described almost simultaneously. A total of 646 Pokémon have been described, most of them in Japan. This paper represents the first attempt to create a quantitative phylogeny of the Pokémon, using the underlying assumption that Pokémon evolved via natural selection independently from the animals and plants more familiar to Western zoologists. The goal was to apply modern evolutionary theory and techniques to a field previously limited to pre-Darwinian methods of inquiry. A Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of the Pokémon. Annals of Improbable Research – August 2012

Artigo sobre a filogenia de Pokémons:…

Artigo publicado em revista predatória sobre a presença de Pikachurin em Pikachus:…

Exquisitely precise synapse formation is crucial for the mammalian CNS to function correctly. Retinal photoreceptors transfer information to bipolar and horizontal cells at a specialized synapse, the ribbon synapse. We identified pikachurin, an extracellular matrix–like retinal protein, and observed that it localized to the synaptic cleft in the photoreceptor ribbon synapse. Pikachurin null-mutant mice showed improper apposition of the bipolar cell dendritic tips to the photoreceptor ribbon synapses, resulting in alterations in synaptic signal transmission and visual function. Nature Briefing20 July 2008

Artigo sobre a descoberta da proteína Pikachurin:

Aberrant transcriptional repression through chromatin remodelling and histone deacetylation has been postulated to represent a driving force underlying tumorigenesis because histone deacetylase inhibitors have been found to be effective in cancer treatment. However, the molecular mechanisms by which transcriptional derepression would be linked to tumour suppression are poorly understood. 20 January 2005

Artigo sobre o proto onco-gene Pokemon:…

A localized outbreak of COVID-19 pneumonia in Cyllage City among a population with no history of travel to infected regions has been tentatively
linked to consumption of the regional insectivorous zubat (Vespertilio caeruleus sineoculus, Pseudochiroptera), supported by amino acid sequence
similarity between SARS-CoV-2 and a related coronavirus from the bats. An increased need for surveillance of bat viruses in Kalos is warranted. Cyllage City COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Zubat Consumption – March 18, 2020

Artigo publicado em revista predatória dizendo que o Zubat foi responsável pela pandemia do novo coronavírus:…

Figura 01: Everyone Leaves Me – Cheezburger. Pinterest

Preço de publicação open-access de algumas revistas:…

Mercado de publicações científicas movimenta mais de 10 bilhões de dólares por ano

Figura 02: Global spending on academic and scientific content in 2016 by region and product (in € million, of total) – OC&C, cited in SpringerNature 2018

Sátira do artigo acima publicado na mesma revista predatória mostrando que o tratamento precoce pode diminuir acidentes com patinetes

Figura 03: type sacral fracture in a 40-years-old female after a push-scooter accident, during
COVID-19 pandemia, in Vigneulles-lès-Hattonchâtel, Meuse, France (PET/CT acquisition two
days after the trauma). HCQ + AZT was unfortunately not used in this patient, due to location. (not Marseille)

Figura 04: Number of journals changing from small to big publishers, and big to small
publishers per year of change in the Natural and Medical Sciences and Social
Sciences & Humanities (source: Lariviére et al 2015)

To generate the main text of the paper, I copied the Wikipedia page on ‘mitochondrion’ (which, unlike midichlorians, exist) and then did a simple find/replace to turn mitochondr* into midichlor*. I then Rogeted the text, i.e. I reworded it (badly), because the main focus of the sting was on whether journals would publish a ridiculous paper, not whether they used a plagiarism detector (although Rogeting is still plagiarism in my book.)

So does this sting prove that scientific publishing is hopelessly broken? No, not really. It’s just a reminder that at some “peer reviewed” journals, there really is no meaningful peer review at all.

All of the nine publishers I stung are known to send spam to academics, urging them to submit papers to their journals. I’ve personally been spammed by almost all of them. All I did, as Lucas McGeorge, was test the quality of the products being advertised.

Here’s more: Biobots 1.2, Cannabis, o prozac dos pobres?!?, Elisaldo Carlini, Conferência com Dr. Mechoulam no Dia do Médico, MACONHA E A VANGUARDA BRASILEIRA, Cartilhas de agroecologia, saberes técnicos e tradicionais – Existe Guarani em São Paulo, Ghost Writer ou Escritor Fantasma!!! – UM CANCERIANO SEM LAR. (I am)

Publicado por Edson Jesus



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