70: Doubling-blinding dog balls

Episode 70 · October 15th, 2018 · 1 hr 6 mins

About this Episode

Dan and James discuss the recent "grievance studies" hoax, whereby three people spent a year writing twenty-one fake manuscripts for submission to various cultural studies journals. They also discuss a new proposal to shift publication culture in which researchers pledge to publish exclusively in community-run journals but only when a pre-specified threshold of support for this commitment by the research community has been met.

Here's an overview of the episode:

  • It’s fat bear week!
  • The new proposal to fix the stranglehold of commercial publishers in academia
  • Flipping journals to open access
  • The ‘grievance studies’ hoax
  • When James first came across the “dog rape” paper
  • What if you were to design the dog study properly?
  • Should we systematically try and hoax journals?
  • Astronomy already injects fake data, can we learn from this?
  • Should these new hoaxes all be associated with Sokal?


Music credits: Lee Rosevere freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

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