So you’d like to speak at an international academic conference but you have absolutely no qualifications whatsoever. Fear not!
Opportunity awaits you…or at least it awaits your iPhone. Apparently, that handheld device does a whole lot more than just remind you that it’s time for another bug-laden software update. It could also be your meal-ticket to fully undeserved academic esteem.
According an article from Inside Higher Ed, “An associate professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand last week was surprised to find he had scored a speaking slot to present his paper during the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics. The professor, Christoph Bartneck, had written the paper, titled ‘Atomic Energy Will Have Been Available to a Single Source,’ almost entirely through the autocomplete function on his iPhone. The paper contains insights such as, ‘The atoms of a better universe will have the right for the same as you are the way we shall have to be a great place for a great time to enjoy the day you are a wonderful person to your great time to take the fun and take a great time and enjoy the great day you will be a wonderful time for your parents and kids.’”
Read on here.
And, if you want to know just how flawed the academic peer review process really is, check out our five part series, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review (and probably more).