Sunday, September 06, 2020

Strange IEEE Access Paper

IEEE Access publishes an open access paper "Explosive Growth of Image Sensors in Smart Government Technology and Economic Scale" by Zijiang Zhu, Bochen Fu, Sheng Zhou, and Weihuang Dai from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Wuhan Donghu University (China), and Hitotsubashi University (Japan). The abstract says:

"CMOS image sensor is a rapidly developing image sensor product in the past decade. Relying on the advantages of process compatibility with standard CMOS process, CMOS image sensor integrates analog photoelectric photosensitive circuit and digital signal processing circuit to become a small and powerful system on chip. This article mainly studies the explosive growth of image sensors in smart government technology and economic scale. The main purpose of this article is to study the technical application of image sensors, reduce the administrative cost of social governance, improve the level of government governance, benefit the public, and realize the requirements of smart government affairs and rapid economic development of the city.

This study tested the static performance of the analog-to-digital conversion circuit by inputting a limited number of sampling points, and its integral nonlinearity and differential nonlinearity were both less than 1LSB. The bandgap reference circuit provides a reference level for the entire system. It uses two PNP-type bipolar transistors parasitic in the CMOS process to achieve a temperature and voltage-independent bandgap reference voltage through the feedback of the operational amplifier. It is ideal for use In the case of resistance simulation, its accuracy reaches 16.6ppm. The scanning method of the pixel array uses multi-sampling technology to increase the dynamic range of the sensor by 2N times. The correlated sub-sampling technology eliminates the fixed pattern noise between pixel units. The use of pipelined analog-to-digital converters can achieve good resolution, speed and area compromise.Through the realization and simulation of transistor-level circuits, the performance of each part of the system meets the requirements of design and application.
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The authors are mostly specializing in economics, HR, and management. Only one of them has a degree in software engineering. I was unable to understand what the authors are trying to say. To me, it looks like an AI experiment to assemble a number of meaningless sentences optimized to go through the IEEE paper selection system.

10 comments:

  1. Nice catch' llks like there are a bunch of other "publications" all ineked with the same126.com Email:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=dafengqi33@126.com&source=lmns&bih=876&biw=1920&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi54bTs8dPrAhUJdxoKHVFPBncQ_AUoAHoECAEQAA

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    1. Right. Their email domains 163.com. 126.com, and sina.com are public mail services. Looks suspicious that they do not use their university accounts. Especially for a person with title "dean of the School of Information Science and Technology, Deputy Director of the Institute for Intelligent Information Processing."

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  2. Back in 2005 there was already the MIT "automatic paper generator".
    It produced quite amusing nonsensical papers.
    https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/archive/scigen/

    but the paper generator server seems offline now. Maybe overloaded... ;)

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  3. I have written to the Editor in Chief of IEEE Access after I looked at the full pdf of the paper. It is so bad! Plus the references are unrelated to the text that references the references. I hope he will investigate how this very low quality paper got published by the IEEE.

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    1. I have heard back from the editor in chief and the managing editor. They started an investigation into the review/acceptance history of the paper. Needless to say, they are both mystified and embarrassed by the publication of the paper and the reaction of the community here. (I shared a link to this blog post.) I guess I will hear something back. I am reassured by their emails and response and hopefully this review hole will be plugged in the future.

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  4. There is a great song about these kind of papers by Uncle Neil : "Piece of Crap", see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovum-GjYWKQ (starts after 17 seconds or so).

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  5. Impressive if 100% computer generated, but otherwise complete and utter nonsense!

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  6. "IEEE Access is a multidisciplinary, open access journal of the IEEE.
    Continuously presenting the results of original research or development across all of IEEE's fields of interest, IEEE Access provides authors a high-quality open access journal with a rapid yet rigorous peer review process of 4 to 6 weeks." Rapid maybe, but rigorous? Seems like they just approved this without reading the paper itself (let alone let some reviewers read it).

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  7. It's crazy that this kind of "paper" can pass through the review process! Is the review also assured by AI code?

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  8. Any updates here? Anyone found out more? :)

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