The Journal of Contemplative Studies (JCS) is a peer-reviewed open access journal publishing original research and scholarship on issues and topics related to the world’s contemplative traditions. JCS is published by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.
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Nonsensical research papers generated by a computer program are still popping up in the scientific literature many years after the problem was first seen, a study has revealed. Some publishers have told Nature they will take down the papers, which could result in more than 200 retractions. The issue began in 2005, when three PhD students created paper-generating software called SCIgen for “maximum amusement”, and to show that some conferences would accept meaningless papers. The program cobbles together words to generate research articles with random titles, text and charts, easily spotted as gibberish by a human reader. It is free to download, and anyone can use it. By 2012, computer scientist Cyril Labbé had found 85 fake SCIgen papers in conference proceedings published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); he went on to find more than 120 fake SCIgen papers published by the IEEE and by Springer (C. Labbé and D. Labbé Scientometrics94, 379– 396; 2013).