A scientist got his fake Rick and Morty study published in three academic journals
Farooq Ali Khan, a PhD student and undergraduate professor in Hyderabad, India, created the fake paper based on the Adult Swim series to highlight the problem with predatory academic journals that publish junk science without a second glance. He titled his paper "Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation," and submitted it using the author Beth Smith's name, based on the Rick and Morty character. “The fake science, fake news epidemic is getting worse by every day, and I really wanted to do something about it,” Ali Khan told Motherboard of getting the research published in three academic journals. “There's a lot of money involved in it and these people are getting more powerful, and several mediocre science papers are being published, which is a severe threat to science (and) academic research.”
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