A Ph.D. degree with fake papers? Why not?

People who study for a master or Ph.D. degree aware of the fact that the papers in academia can only be understood by the people in the academia.

Even if you try to claim something very basic, you need to say this using a fashionable jargon in order to make it seem more scientific. Especially in social sciences. Shame.

Three scholars who are aware of this fact wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and tried to get them placed in high-profile journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies. Their success rate was remarkable: By the time they took their experiment public late on Tuesday, seven of their articles had been accepted for publication by ostensibly serious peer-reviewed journals. Seven more were still going through various stages of the review process. Only six had been rejected. The paper that was published in Gender, Place and Culture seems downright silly. “Human Reaction to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity at Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon” claims to be based on in situ observation of canine rape culture in a Portland dog park. “Do dogs suffer oppression based upon (perceived) gender?” the paper asks. 

The conclusion is some academic emperors—the ones who supposedly have the most to say about these crucial topics—have no clothes.

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