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Beware Predatory Journals

In a twist in the ongoing saga about predatory journals, Rick Sanchez (the drunk, swearing dimensional traveling scientist in the adult-oriented cartoon Rick and Morty) has finally made his academic mark.  Farooq Ali Khan—an undergraduate college professor and PhD student in Hyderabad, India, sent out a fake paper written by “Beth Smith” titled Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation detailing a way to use magnets to fight back against intergalactic parasites that live by implanting false memories in their hosts. Vice Motherboard details the prank and which predatory journals fell for it. Read about it here.