Grievance studies hoax
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The grievance studies hoax, also sometimes dubbed Sokal Squared, was a stunt conducted by three scholars — James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian — in which they teamed up and wrote 20 fake articles under false identities in fields they believed to be "grievance studies". Such fields included gender studies and queer studies, among others; the authors aimed to expose the low standards in these disciplines and willingness to publish bullshit if it comported with the reviewers' left-wing beliefs. The authors then submitted these articles to various peer-reviewed journals in a relevant field to see if the articles would get published or rejected. The hoax unraveled and had to come to an abrupt end in October 2018 when a Wall Street Journal reporter started noticing some fishy aspects about "Helen Wilson", one of the fabricated academics listed as an author on one of the papers. In total, 7 of the submissions were accepted and 4 of those were published before retraction, 5 more were still under review when the hoax ended, and 9 were rejected outright.
- Article in Areo magazine by the authors who conducted the hoax describing their results
- What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia, Yascha Mounk, The Atlantic, October 5, 2018
- A Portland State University Professor Made Up a Study of Dog-on-Dog Sexual Assault—and Got the Hoax Published, Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week, October 9, 2018
- See the Wikipedia article on Grievance Studies affair.