What do porn star Ron Jeremy, Max Weber and Michael Jackson have in common? Very little — except the three names appear in the list of references for a recent hoax paper by a group of Serbian academics who, fed up with the poor state of their country’s research output, scammed a Romanian magazine by publishing a completely fabricated article.
The paper is replete with transparent gimmicks — obvious, that is, had anyone at the publication been paying attention — including a reference to the scholarship of Jackson, Weber, Jeremy and citations to new studies by Bernoulli and Laplace, both dead more than 180 years (Weber died in 1920). They also throw in references to the “Journal of Modern Illogical Studies,” which to the best of our knowledge does not and never has existed (although perhaps it should), and to a researcher named, dubiously, “A.S. Hole.”
Dragan Djuric, Boris Delibasic and Stevica Radisic, published the piece in the magazine Metalurgia International.
Buuuuurn. It is complete gobbledegook. No word on why they pulled this prank.
Hat tip was made to the infamous Sokal Hoax of 1996 where another made up article was accepted and published in the journal Social Text. Embarrassment all around. Ah, the days of asinine postmodernism. Are they not yet gone?
Tip: Russell G.