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Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

So, we’ve established that papermills like to use templates. We see templates in referee reports and in the text of cookie-cutter research papers. There’s an important insight here:Templates are used in legit academic behaviour as well as in industrial research fraud.

Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

There’s this phrase used by some technologists: ‘epistemic security’. Epistemic security has to do with things like the spreading of misinformation on social media. I.e. if we spend enough time on social media reading unreliable information, how does that influence us? That’s a matter of epistemic security. Epistemic security is interesting because if you start a conversation about epistemic security at a party, they don’t invite you back.

Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

TL;DR: peer-review times appear to have been growing for a long time. The effects of COVID-lockdowns on peer-review are surprising. A few months ago, I was invited to referee a research paper. So, I guess the editor thought that I was one of the 2 best people in the entire world to review this thing. That’s how it works, right?

Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

The Papermill Alarm draws a line between papers which have the characteristics of papermill-products and those that don’t. Given data like that shown below, where red dots represent papermill-products and green dots represent normal papers, where should we draw that line?Some dummy data to illustrate the point. Interesting aside: we actually use dummy data like this all the time as we develop processes at Clear Skies.

Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

This is Ralph. How tall is Ralph? It seems simple, you could just hold a ruler up to the screen. But when you look at the ruler and use it to measure Ralph, are you actually measuring Ralph , or are you measuring the ruler and using that as a proxy ? How accurate is your measurement? Are you including fur in the measurement? What if Ralph were to stand on his hind legs, like a mighty bear — how tall would he be then?

Published in Stories by Kristian Garza on Medium

Academic Publishing web forms meet your demise: The unstoppable rise of large language models (ChatGPT) Prompt to create DOI metadata using ChatGPT. As we enter the age of artificial intelligence, it’s worth considering how large language models will revolutionize how we interact with websites and applications. Web forms have been the dominant method for users to input data and complete tasks online for decades.

Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

There’s a quote attributed to Ernest Rutherford: “That which is not measurable is not science. That which is not physics is stamp collecting”. I think his point was that a lot of scientific work is just documenting things. In Rutherford’s day, there was a lot of exciting new creative work happening in physics, so perhaps physics seemed special to him.

Published in Stories by Adam Day on Medium
Author Adam Day

Also… what is an API? API keys come in many forms. Source: wiki commons The Papermill Alarm API, is a service which you can send some article metadata to and which will return an alert telling you if the paper looks like past papermill-products. Anyone can use it, but it definitely helps to have the support of an IT or data professional.