Friday, April 15, 2005

Science: Gotta Love Peer Reviewing

Scientists hail the peer-reviewed journal as the fortress of truth: you do the research, a bunch of people who know what's going on read it and make sure that it makes sense and the experiment was good, you get published, grant money, and the ability to continue to be a scientist. Unfortunately, not all peer-reviewed publications and events are the same. A bunch of MIT students were able to get a paper approved for a peer-reviewed conference via creating a computer program to generate research papers complete with nonsensical text, charts and diagrams.

Imagine, the future of computer science could be in their hands! Not to mention all the politics that surround biomedical research, and therefore the treatments you're going to get when you get sick.

1 comment:

michael said...

sometimes i think that's how the qbank questions were made