I have been concerned during the last several years about the integrity of institutions of learning and knowledge authorities. The following excerpts refer to demonstration of a similar concern on the part of three members of the academy.
“Three academics spent more than a year submitting absurd hoax papers to preeminent journals … out of concern that certain aspects of knowledge production in the United States have been corrupted … submitted 20 papers to various peer-reviewed journals under pseudonyms, and seven were accepted.”
“Could they fool scholarly journals into publishing hoax papers masquerading as legitimate scholarship? The answer, it turns out, was yes.”
“In short, it exposed the academic equivalent of Fake News and its lucrative professional infrastructure.”
"One paper, published in a journal called Sex Roles, said that the author had conducted a two-year study involving thematic analysis of table dialogue to uncover the mystery of why heterosexual men like to eat at Hooters. Another, from a journal of feminist geography, parsed human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at dog parks in Portland, Ore., while a third paper, published in a journal of feminist social work and titled Our Struggle Is My Struggle, simply scattered some up-to-date jargon into passages lifted from Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Such offerings may or may not have raised eyebrows among the journals’ limited readerships. But this week, they unleashed a cascade of mockery — along with a torrent of debate about ethics of hoaxes, the state of peer review and the excesses of academia — when they were revealed to be part of an elaborate prank aimed squarely at what the authors labeled grievance studies.”