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Cyllage City COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Zubat Consumption

Elm, Utsugi; Joy, Nasu; House, Gregory; Schlomi, Mattan


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{
  "DOI": "10.34297/AJBSR.2020.08.001256", 
  "container_title": "American Journal ofBiomedical Science & Research", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Cyllage City COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Zubat Consumption", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2020, 
        3, 
        18
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>Misinformation, conspiracy theory, and &#39;fake news&#39; pose serious threats to the pubic health. Predatory scientific journals, which will publish anything without any semblance of peer review, are a potential venue for medical misinformation. Most people cannot differentiate a predatory journal from a legitimate one, so these fraudulent publications can thus provide a veneer of acceptability to poor quality research, deliberate misconduct, lies, and even utter gobbledygook.</p>\n\n<p>Case in point: the predatory &quot;American Journal of Biomedical Science &amp; Research&quot; has recently published a paper associating an outbreak of COVID-19 in a fictional city caused by the consumption of a Pok&eacute;mon, a fictional creature. The paper is written by fictional characters like Nurse Joy (Pok&eacute;mon) and Dr. Gregory House (House MD) with fictional affiliations. The paper goes out of its way to assert its own fictional nature, claiming even that &quot;a journal publishing this paper does not practice peer review and must therefore be predatory.&quot; Yet it was published online [https://biomedgrid.com/pdf/AJBSR.MS.ID.001256.pdf] a mere four days after submission. Here are uploaded the paper and the emails associated with its publication (which was done even though the author never paid the journal any money).<br>\n<br>\nWhile this paper may be mostly harmless, it is completely possible for someone to write and swiftly publish a paper falsely claiming, say, that COVID-19 is caused by 5G cell phones or can be cured by essential oils or is caused by watching &#39;Tiger King.&#39; Predatory journals remove all barriers to the publication of bullshit in the scientific record, and the world needs to take far stronger action against these criminal organizations.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Elm, Utsugi"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Joy, Nasu"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "House, Gregory"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Schlomi, Mattan"
    }
  ], 
  "page": "140-142", 
  "volume": "8", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "2", 
  "id": "3748280"
}
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