The most recent issue of the Romanian journal Metalurgia International
contains an unusual article titled "Evaluation of Transformative Hermeneutic Heuristics for Processing Random Data."
If that title doesn't make much sense to you, neither will the rest of the article. But that's intentional on the part of the authors, who submitted a nonsense article to the journal, which obligingly published it — apparently without bothering to read it first. The intent of the hoaxers (three professors at the University of Belgrade) was to "draw attention to the hyperproduction of quasi-scientific works by Serbian professors that are published in the magazines of dubious quality" as the website In Serbia
The problem is that academic advancement in Serbia is tied to publication. So Serbian professors have been padding their CVs by publishing articles in bogus journals that will publish anything, for a fee. And that's the practice the hoaxers were trying to expose.
The hoax article gives several nods to Alan Sokal's similar academic spoof from 1996
, citing Sokal both in the text of their article and in the footnotes. Also cited are academic heavyweights such as M. Jackson, R. Jeremy (Ron Jeremy), and A.S. Hole.
The author photos, which shows them in wigs and fake mustaches, is also a nice touch. [via Retraction Watch