A few years ago, a group of students at the Massachusetts Institute using a special computer program wrote a pseudoscientific article. This year, the Russian scientist, Doctor of Biological Sciences Mikhail Gelfand translated the original article of American students into Russian using the “Stage-3” program developed at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The article received a positive review andfor a small fee was published in the “Journal of scientific publications of graduate students and doctoral students.” After the fact of the hoax became known, the Higher Attestation Commission excluded the journal from its list.
The author of the experiment, Mikhail Gelfand, tells about the quality of scientific publications in Russian journals. “Let’s begin our conversation with a quote from this pseudoscientific article,“ Rooting: an algorithm for typical unification of access points and redundancy In this paper, the “Rooting” algorithm is described for analyzing rasterization, its theoretical and practical performance, time complexity and memory, runtime in standard tests, a comparison with other previously proposed algorithms, it is shown that these qualitative characteristics are superior to those for similar algorithms and could ut be improved by applying heuristics It sounds like an abracadabra. Are there really any sense in these words? In fact, any scientific text, pronounced with the correct intonation, will sound like an abracadabra. The use of terminology alone does not make the text pseudoscientific or otherwise. In this particular case, it is really a text generated by a machine that has been trained on a large number of real scientific texts.
That is, every small piece of this statement could well meet in a scientific article. Together, of course, thisis nonsense. Tell the story of this experiment. The story is like that. Two years ago, a rather aggressive advertisement appeared on various websites of this very “Journal of graduate students and doctoral students”. Sometimes under the same nicknames, sometimes under different nicknames on the forums ofdifferent universities. There were reports that I was a graduate student, there was such a wonderful journal, I advise everyone. Or I recently defended, this very magazine helped me a lot in this. Since the nicknames were the same, it was quite easy to find everything on the Internet. There were just repetitions, messages from Izhevsk or from Kazan coincided word for word. In the newspaper “Trinity Option”, where, in fact, the whole story was told in detail, there is just a summary of these very statements on the forums. People noticed this, and after some time on the forum Scientific.ru some people asked the question: didn’t anyone hear about such a magazine, because it looks painfully strange? People began to simply look for some remarkably funny articles, and they quickly began to disappear from the electronic version of the magazine. For example, there was a wonderful article about the law of world extrusion, which disappeared from the magazine. Did this journal come out on paper? Then, in my opinion, no. Now published on paper. Then this magazine had only the editor-in-chief, and there was no editorial advice. It was written on the site that it is reviewed, the review time takes two to three days. You can imagine the degree of depth reviews. In a typical scientific journal, a reviewer is given two to three weeks from the moment of accepting an article for review. And these are very fast magazines, this is considered very tough. And considering that the editor takes some time to select a reviewer, to correspond, there is much more time to spend. I tell my graduate students that earlier than in a month, do not expect anything at all.