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Monday, October 29 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Exposing pseudo science and predatory journals

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Katrina Langhans was one of a group of reporters from Germany, Austria, India and several other countries to undertake a nine-month investigation into the world of pseudo-science. They revealed that hundreds of thousands of scientists around the world have published studies in self-described scientific journals that don’t provide traditional quality checks for quality and publish the biggest nonsense for financial gain. High-ranked scientists had published in these journals, as did large companies who were promoting  their products and dubious businessman who used these pseudo-journals to promote unproven treatment of cancer as science.

This team of reporters analyzed the data of five of the most relevant pseudo-journals and showed that these publishers are willing to publish even computer-generated nonsense for money.

Katrin Langhans from the  investigative team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung will give insights into the research and explain how one can search for scientists, companies and businessman that published in predatory journals in countries all over the world.

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Katrin Langhans

Investigative Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Katrin Langhans, born in 1987, works as a revelation journalist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. She was part of the team that researched the Panama and Paradise Papers, reconstructed the rampage in the Olympia shopping center in Munich with Twitter data, and researched the business... Read More →

Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm SAST
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

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