Drivel, Fraud & Gibberish in Scientific Papers

An entertaining but revealing development in science culture in recent years has been the intentionally nonsensical academic paper. Earlier this year, political scientist Peter Dreier admitted at Prospect that his abstract for a panel of six years ago, "On the Absence of Absences," was "academic drivel":

I tried, as best I could within the limits of my own vocabulary, to write something that had many big words but...


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This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #37, Summer 2016 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |