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Three U.S. researchers have pulled off a sophisticated hoax by publishing fake research with ridiculous conclusions in sociology journals to expose what they see as ideological bias and a lack of vetting at these publications. Seven of the 20 fake articles written by the trio were accepted by journals after being approved by peer-review committees tasked with checking the authors' research. Faux research articles are not new: One of the most notable examples is physicist Alan Sokal, who in a 1996 article for a cultural studies journal wrote about cultural and philosophical issues concerning aspects of physics and math.Another is a feminist rewrite of a chapter of "Mein Kampf".Some articles such as a study of the impact of the use of an anal dildo by heterosexual men on their transphobia even claimed to rely on data such as interviews, which could have been verified by the journal gatekeepers.For that "study" the authors claimed to have interviewed 13 men. Even the biggest journals have to regularly retract papers, sometimes even by celebrated researchers.
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