3 science journals have accepted a spoof paper about midi-chlorians, which contains the tragedy of Darth Plagueis

 

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From Neuroskeptic:

“A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it.

Inspired by previous publishing “stings”, I wanted to test whether ‘predatory‘ journals would publish an obviously absurd paper. So I created a spoof manuscript about “midi-chlorians” – the fictional entities which live inside cells and give Jedi their powers in Star Wars. I filled it with other references to the galaxy far, far away, and submitted it to nine journals under the names of Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin.

Four journals fell for the sting. The American Journal of Medical and Biological Research (SciEP) accepted the paper, but asked for a $360 fee, which I didn’t pay. Amazingly, three other journals not only accepted but actually published the spoof. Here’s the paper from the International Journal of Molecular Biology: Open Access (MedCrave), Austin Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Austin) and American Research Journal of Biosciences (ARJ) I hadn’t expected this, as all those journals charge publication fees, but I never paid them a penny.

So what did they publish? A travesty, which they should have rejected within about 5 minutes – or 2 minutes if the reviewer was familiar with Star Wars. Some highlights:

  • “Beyond supplying cellular energy, midichloria perform functions such as Force sensitivity…”
  • “Involved in ATP production is the citric acid cycle, also referred to as the Kyloren cycle after its discoverer”
  • “Midi-chlorians are microscopic life-forms that reside in all living cells – without the midi-chlorians, life couldn’t exist, and we’d have no knowledge of the force. Midichlorial disorders often erupt as brain diseases, such as autism.”
  • “midichloria DNA (mtDNRey)” and “ReyTP”

And so on. I even put the legendary Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise monologue in the paper:

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Ironically, I’m not even a big Star Wars fan. I just like the memes.

To generate the main text of the paper, I copied the Wikipedia page on ‘mitochondrion’ (which, unlike midichlorians, exist) and then did a simple find/replace to turn mitochondr* into midichlor*. I then Rogeted the text, i.e. I reworded it (badly), because the main focus of the sting was on whether journals would publish a ridiculous paper, not whether they used a plagiarism detector (although Rogeting is still plagiarism in my book.)

For transparency, I admitted what I’d done in the paper itself. The Methods section features the line “The majority of the text of this paper was Rogeted [7]”. Reference 7 cited an article on Rogeting followed by “The majority of the text in the current paper was Rogeted from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrion Apologies to the original authors of that page.””

Lucasfilm still doesn’t intend to release The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Michael Siglain is creative director at Lucasfilm Publishing.


J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was initially scheduled for release in October 2016, but Lucasfilm eventually canceled it. The book was to reveal some of George Lucas’ original ideas for the sequel trilogy.

New Prequel Trilogy-related books revealed at SDCC

From StarWars.com:

“Time to make rathtar-sized room on your bookshelf and in your long boxes.

Lucasfilm announced and unveiled tons of new books and comics at San Diego Comic-Con today, including a Thrawn adaptation from Marvel, more from the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program, and many titles inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Check out their covers in the gallery below!”

[Note : we’ve narrowed it down to the Prequel Trilogy-related books]

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5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Authors: Various
Artist: Pilot Studios
A brand new collection of twelve action-packed retellings that span the entire Star Wars saga—including two tales from Star Wars: The Last Jedi! These exciting stories can each be read in just five minutes—perfect for galactic adventures at lightspeed!

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Star Wars Moviemaking Magic: Creatures and Aliens
Publisher: Abrams Books
Author: Mark Salisbury
The first in an immersive line of behind-the-scenes books for kids, Star WarsMoviemaking Magic: Creatures and Aliens uses the strange, creepy, and iconic creatures and aliens of the entire saga as a lens through which younger readers will enjoy a visual and interactive tour of the history of moviemaking and special effects. Exhaustively researched; includes archival interviews with iconic talent such as Ralph McQuarrie and Stuart Freeborn, along with new, exclusive interviews with Neal Scanlan, Doug Chiang, and Dave Filoni.”

The Last Jedi director was impressed by the theory that Snoke is Anakin’s pear

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From Comicbook.com:

“Recently, Yahoo! had a chance to chat with director Rian Johnson and John Boyega about their favorite Snoke theories. When Johnson was questioned about his go-to conspiracy, the director quickly admitted that his favorite Snoke take comes from one fruit-obsessed fan.

“Somebody – I think this is more of a joke than a theory. I don’t know who it was. They had a theory on who Snoke was. In Attack on the Clones, when Anakin is slicing the pear for Padme before he floats it over to her, they took a freeze frame of that and then put it side-by-side with the slice in Snoke’s head,” Johnson explained.

“They said he is the evolution of that pear, and I was like, ‘That’s pretty good. I wish I had thought of that.’””

You can watch the video at Yahoo!.

J. W. Rinzler won’t continue his blog about “the rise and fall of Star Wars”

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J. W. Rinzler just announced he would not continue his blog about “the rise and fall of Star Wars”. The blog was already shut down for a few days.

Rinzler initially intended to blog about his time at Lucasfilm up to the release of The Force Awakens. The blog’s last entry went behind the scenes of the filming of Revenge of the Sith.

No reason was given for the closing of the blog for now.

As a reminder, some of our previous articles relayed some excerpts of the blog.


J. W. Rinzler used to be a writer and editor at Lucas Licensing. He wrote The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the SithThe Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,  and many other behind-the-scenes books.

Clone Troopers were named best Star Wars troopers by Comicbook.com readers

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From Comicbook.com:

“For a variety of different reasons, it seems as though for as many troopers there are, you’ll find just as many fans who show a predilection to which type of trooper is their favorite. Whether it be due to their aesthetic appeal or backstory of why those troopers exist in the first place, the troopers have become as iconic a part of the saga as any individual character.

Last week, we asked our Star Wars on ComicBook.com Facebook fans to weigh in on what their favorite type of trooper was. Scroll down to see how you ranked the troopers in the Star Wars saga!

3) Death Trooper […]

2) Stormtrooper […]

1) Clone Trooper

Following the reputation of Stormtroopers being nothing more than targets in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy showed audiences that the Clone troopers, which paved the way for Stormtroopers, were a force to be reckoned with.

Modeled after the bounty hunter Jango Fett, Clone troopers were created for the sole purpose of uniting together to take down any threat put in their way, even if it meant carrying out Order 66 and the destruction of virtually all Jedi. These troopers might not have been given much screen time in the live-action films, but the Clone Wars TV series allowed audiences to get even more familiar with just how strong these clones could be when united together, easily carrying out any mission they were given.”