When I write about predatory publishers, I often mention that their lax or non-existent peer review allows pseudo-science to be published as if it were authentic science. Here, I’d like to give an example of pseudo-science being published as true science.
This article is pure bunk*. It is a simplistic and perhaps deranged attempt to explain quantum mechanics and cosmology. The article does not cite any other works, nor does it have a bibliography. I am not a cosmologist, but I do read books and magazines about cosmology and astronomy, yet even my limited knowledge of the subjects confirms to me that this piece is an example of amphigory.* Here are some examples: First, in the section called, “New explanation about 23.50 inclination of earth’s orbit,” the author states,
And again, to compensate the properties of rigidity in space, the earth moves towards south till 22nd Dec. On that day the earth is at furthest point from the sun and the sun is sighted towards maximum north (23.50 N).
It appears he is just making stuff up here. Second, the last paragraph of the article is called “Theory of everything.” Here is the paragraph:
The electromagnetic wave loops or light is the basic of all forces. The electromagnetic wave loops make bond among the quarks of an atom as strong force. They make bond among the atoms of an object as weak force. They also make bond among the objects of the universe as gravitational force. The electromagnetic force or energy is transmitted through medium with the help of electromagnetic wave loops. This is the long awaited and expected theory of everything, because it can explain everything from atom to universe.
This is pure hogwash!* A theory of everything in six sentences! Nonsense! According to the publisher, the author fee for this article was $64.99. For that amount, one can publish nonsense as science, at least in this corrupt journal. The journal’s publisher is the Centre of Professional Research Publications, a bogus organization contrived just to publish this bogus journal and to get the author fees. It purports to be based in the U.K. but is probably based somewhere in South Asia. This bogus cosmology article brings into question the quality of all the other articles in this journal. The journal has a page that describes its peer review process, but it’s clear that no peer review really occurs here. It’s a vanity press, and it’s a threat to science.
*Definitions [all copied from Wictionary]
- Bunk = Bunkum; senseless talk, nonsense.
- Hogwash = Foolish talk or writing; nonsense.
- Amphigory = A … rigmarole, with apparent meaning, which on further attention proves to be meaningless.