In another entry in the list of fake papers submitted to predatory journals, engineer Alex Smolyanitsky sent in some randomly generated text written by a pair of Simpsons characters — and Kim Jon Fun — and it was accepted by two of them

Smolyanitsky used SCIgen to produce a paper titled "'Fuzzy', Homogeneous Configurations." Here's the abstract:

The Ethernet must work. In this paper, we confirm the improvement of e-commerce. WEKAU, our new methodology for forward-error correction, is the solution to all of these challenges.

Smolyanitsky says he picked the authors Magaret Simpson, Edna Krabapple, and Kim Jong Fun and gave them the totally fictional Belford University to see if those obvious clues would be picked up by the journals:

I wanted first and foremost to come up with something that gives out the fake immediately. My only regret is that the second author isn't Ralph Wiggum.


And yet, both the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology accepted the paper for publication. Both journals are Maggie is officially the most precocious infant of all time.

Read the whole fake paper here.

[Vox via Metafilter]