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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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  "description": "<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 [] 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>", 
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  "creator": [
      "affiliation": "Department of Biology, New Bark Town University, Wakaba Town, Japan", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Elm, Utsugi"
      "affiliation": "Department of Veterinary Virology, Cyllage City Pokecenter, Cyllage City, France", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Joy, Nasu"
      "affiliation": "Department of Diagnostic Medicine, Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Princeton, United States", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "House, Gregory"
      "affiliation": "Department of Infectious Diseases, Gotham General Hospital, New York City, United States", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Schlomi, Mattan"
  "headline": "Cyllage City COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Zubat Consumption", 
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  "datePublished": "2020-03-18", 
  "url": "", 
  "keywords": [
    "scientific misconduct", 
    "research ethics", 
    "publication ethics", 
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  "identifier": "", 
  "@id": "", 
  "@type": "ScholarlyArticle", 
  "name": "Cyllage City COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Zubat Consumption"
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