Sorry, fans of papers by Maggie Simpson and I. P. Freely, your days of chortling may be coming to an end.
Springer, responding to a case last year in which it and IEEE had to eventually retract more than 120 papers created by SCIgen, is making software that detects such manuscripts freely available.
From a Springer press release:
AfterSpringer had been working with Labbé since last year, and funded a PhD in his lab to work on the project.
intensive collaboration with Dr. Cyril Labbé from Université Joseph
Fourier in Grenoble, France, Springer announces the release of SciDetect,
a new software program that automatically checks for fake scientific
papers. The open source software discovers text that has been generated
with the SCIgen computer program and other fake-paper generators like
Mathgen and Physgen. Springer uses the software in its production
workflow to provide additional, fail-safe checking. Springer and the
University are releasing the software under the GNU General Public
License, Version 3.0 (GPLv3) so others in the scientific and publishing
communities can benefit.
Our dogs are disappointed that they will not be able to contribute to the scientific literature as easily, but SciDetect seems like a good development presuming publishers actually use it.
An end to fake papers? New software to check for SCIgen-created manuscripts - Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch