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Monday, April 25, 2005
The fake computer conference papers gives examples of two fake papers that were accepted for a computer conference. The cool thing about them is that they were computer-generated fake papers, total random nonsense.

Unfortunately, this isn't an example of egghead academics being willing to accept any kind of gobbledegook without paying attention to the content. The conferences are pretty much fake - designed purely to make money through registrations without any thought of the quality of the papers. How do I know this? I've been receiving repeated emails from them asking me to submit a paper. While it's flattering to be addressed as doctor, I'm not a PhD, not an academic, and certainly not a computer scientist. And even after I told them all this, they kept sending me the emails.

Walt Crawford has his own take on the paper generator, creating a paper co-authored by Stephen Cohen and Michael Gorman, among others.