We’re Facing a Fake Science Crisis, and AI Is Making It Worse #SpectacleProductivismLed2JunkScience

Journals are retracting more and more papers because they’re not by the authors they claim to be

By Rhea Moutafis

Person in lab coat holding glass with liquid labeled “fake” in right hand and smaller glass with liquid labeled “real” in left, and thinking “Oh no…”
The amount of low-quality (and no-quality) papers in science is increasing. Image by author

he practice of science involves trying to find things out about the world by using rigid logic and testing every assumption. Researchers then write up any important findings in papers and submit them for possible publication. After a peer-review process, in which other scientists check that the research is sound, journals publish papers for public consumption.

You might therefore reasonably believe that published papers are quite reliable and meet high-quality standards. You might expect small mistakes that got overlooked during peer review, but no major blunders. It’s science, after all!

You’d be wrong in expecting this, though. Real and good science does exist, but there’s a worrying amount of bogus research out there, too. And in the last few years, it has increased in volume at lightning speed, as evidenced by the skyrocketing number of paper retractions.

Fake science

A number of practices currently threaten to undermine the legitimacy of scientific research. They include made-up authors, the addition of scientists who had nothing to do with a paper as a co-writer and even more nefarious practices like swamping journals with submissions from low-quality, AI-written junk.

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