Gibberish

Gibberish

It is quite the headline: “Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

There is a program, free on the web, called SCIgen, which can generate a nonsense paper. I tried it. I, along with the SfSBM Board, are now the pseudo-authors of the pseudo-paper, A Methodology for the Analysis of Lamport Clock. It looks pretty good. Check it out.

Evidently this program is quite popular and there have been many papers generated by the program accepted at meetings and by journals. These paper generators appear to focus on the ‘hard’ sciences’, not medicine. The SCIgen website has some links that point to an essay generators that I tried, but none seem good at generating fake biomedical papers.

I suspect the competition is too fierce in the biomedical world. Consider

The network is connected by the meridian that exists in whole body. Acupuncture could regulate the balance of human body by the meridians. For example, acupuncture in the Taiyin Lung Meridian of Hand could treat disease of respiratory system. Because the lung is a center together with skin, nose, and large intestine in TCM, acupuncture in the Taiyin Lung Meridian of Hand also could treat skin disease, rhinitis, constipation, and so on.

and

In homeopathy, a diagnosis can be treated with different medicines in different patients “individualization”, depending on varying concomitant symptoms. Homeopathic medicines (remedies) are produced by alternating steps of diluting and agitating a starting substance; the resulting “potencies” quickly reach dilutions beyond Avogadro’s number where the probability that one molecule of the starting substance is still present rapidly approaches zero. Such “high potencies” are often used…

and

In addition to musculoskeletal disorders, both the chiropractic and osteopathic professions have claimed that spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) may alleviate disorders involving visceral organs, such as OME. Hypotheses regarding how SMT accomplishes this generally attribute the effects of SMT to biomechanical changes produced in the spine, which subsequently mediate changes in sympathetic or parasympathetic nerve activity.

The US has a whole wing of the NIH devoted to producing gibberish and many major academic medical centers have embraced it:

"in addition to conventional treatments, recommendations may include traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, relaxation therapies, bodywork, supplements, herbs, and other therapies.

or

Comprehensive services available at the Osher Clinical Center Medical Therapies for patients include:

  • Acupuncture – traditional Chinese and Japanese;
  • Chiropractic care;
  • Cranial Sacral therapy;

If we were to retract all the gibberish published under the topic of “complementary and alternative medicine” over 12,000 references would have to be removed. An entire field of publication that is indistinguishable from the Onion but meant to be legitimate.

SCIgen can’t even come close to the nonsense of what is accepted as reality in the realm of pseudo-medicine.

Points of Interest: 2/27/2014
Points of Interest: 2/26/2014