This post comes from my other website, Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes.  The contest has been picked up by a number of progressive and scientific web sites (including the big one, pharyngula).  I invite you to participate, either by submitting a paper or by pledging an award to the winner.  I won’t handle prizes, but I will be happy to give put prize-givers in touch with their ring-thanes, to get all medieval on you.


If you can’t get peer-reviewed by an established and respectable journal, why not start your own journal? Hey, that’s what the misguided, delusional twits at Answers in Genesis are doing in their new online journal, Answers Research Journal. (It has “research” in the title so you know that it’s peer-reviewed.) This is a clear attempt to give a pernicious and bankrupt theory the veneer of respectability.

Here’s their pitch to potential authors:

[…] Answers Research Journal will provide scientists and students the results of cutting-edge research that demonstrates the validity of the young-earth model, the global Flood, the non-evolutionary origin of “created kinds,” and other evidences that are consistent with the biblical account of origins.

Keeping in mind that this is the organization responsible for the disgraceful Creation Museum, I am issuing a challenge to the skeptical community and to those of you interested in maintaining high standards in American science education. The first biologist, historian, anthropologist, archaeologist, or astronomer (or fake biologist, historian, anthropologist, archaeologist, or astronomer) who can get a crank paper published in the Answers Research Journal and reveals their hoax on this site will win…a very special award to be determined later! (Think $30 Amazon/Borders gift certificate or something.) This contest remains open until 1/9/09. You must be 18 years old or older and be able to read to claim the prize.

The above links lead you to a description of the journal and some of their formatting requirements. Here is a link to their authors’ guidelines (in .pdf format). Be advised that the email address for submissions in this format guide is likely to change, so you are responsible for keeping up to date on how to submit an article.

Do NOT send harassing, threatening, or otherwise malicious and illegal emails or correspondence to Answers Research Journal, or anyone for that matter. This site in no way endorses such behavior and anyone who does so will be disqualified and pilloried publicly. One of the great things about being a skeptic is that you don’t have to be an ass. The purpose of this contest is to ensure that the Answers Research Journal meets the high standard it has set for itself to be a “professional, peer-reviewed technical journal.” This site and its administrators claim no responsibility for the contents of anything sent to Answers Research Journal. This site can not and will not reimburse any cost associated with researching, writing or mailing any submission.

To win, email a copy of all submissions, a copy of the notification of your article’s acceptance, and a point by point rebuttal exposing the hoax to: Good luck! I look forward to the fruits of your “research”!


UPDATE: The italicized inclusion of a rebuttal was the idea of JC, a reader of the highly regarded Pharyngula. JC, you have the mind of an evil genius! Also, I never meant to restrict the scope of the contest to a professional scientists. Dabblers and other deviants are of course welcome to vie for the prize!

EXTRA BONUS UPDATE!!! An offer has been made to augment the prize by $100. He will make an announcement this weekend on this site. Please know that you are welcome to participate not only by writing a clever essay, but also by contributing a prize for our winner. I see the pot growing to lofty, goofy fun heights. I will not handle any of the other prizes, but will serve as a conduit for those who wish to reward the winner.