Fake science and pseudo journals


Not all journals are really serious - in the meantime, so-called "Predatory Journals" are becoming increasingly common. © bernie / thinkstock
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Trade journals form the backbone of science - actually. But more and more often supposedly reputable publishers turn out to be cuddly: They publish for money and whistle for quality control.

A glaring example has just recently been the experiment of a researcher who was able to place a pseudo- article on the completely fictional "Midi-Chlorians" of the Star Wars films in as many as three such "Predatory Journals". The full extent of this practice has now been uncovered by journalists from the NDR, WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to this, 400, 000 researchers around the world have unknowingly published in "Predatory Journals".

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