Kim Kardashian is known for many accomplishments. But now she can add another to her resume: First author of a paper in the Drug Designing & Intellectual Properties International Journal. What can we say? It’s international, and it’s a journal. We talked to Tomáš Pluskal, a post-doc at MIT and the last author of the paper — the middle author is Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive “inventor of Bitcoin” — for the inside scoop.
Retraction Watch (RW): Our guess is that few scientists will have the opportunity to work with Kim Kardashian. How did you end up collaborating?
Tomáš Pluskal (TP): I have always thought that Kim’s scientific talents were a bit underappreciated, so I wanted to give her the opportunity to show this unknown side of her. It was a very smooth and productive collaboration. Obviously, Kim is very busy, being a celebrity and all, so we never actually managed to meet in person. But she has been talking to me through her Instagram posts, and needless to say, the science presented in the paper would never have reached such high quality without her input.
TP: I would rather not spoil the surprise here, but I suggest everyone read the paper carefully. The message is very clear.
RW: The paper bears a striking resemblance to others written by SCIgen, a random paper generator that, we note, was developed at MIT, your present institution. Can you comment on whether this is the case?
TP: Indeed, I have been using SCIgen for a while. It is a fantastic tool that saves so much time and reduces the burden and stress associated with paper preparation. It’s cutting-edge MIT technology at its best.
RW: Can you describe your experience with publishing in the Drug Designing & Intellectual Properties International Journal?
TP: You know, some scientists look down on these open-access journals (they even call them “predatory journals” – how awful), but my experience was just terrific. We had had some difficulties trying to publish this paper in so-called “traditional” journals, but DDIPIJ was just so polite and welcoming. Peer review was finished in 4 days, and we didn’t even need to revise the paper. It’s like every scientist’s dream, isn’t it? I now recommend DDIPIJ to all my colleagues (especially those who also use SCIgen).
RW: Some might wonder if this is just a ploy to increase your K-Index, where K stands, of course, for Kardashian. How do you respond?
TP: Since I do not have a Twitter account, my K-Index is, by definition, zero, and I hope it stays that way. Whether this paper will have any impact on Kim’s K-Index is hard to predict at this point. Her K-Index is already pretty high, after all.
Hat tip: Marco
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