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University Announces New “Pay-Per-Citation” Publishing Model, Academics Scramble for Sponsors

In a move that has sent shockwaves through the ivory tower (and marketing departments), a prestigious university has announced a revolutionary new publishing model: “Pay-Per-Citation.” No longer bound by archaic notions of peer review or scholarly merit, researchers will now have to pay a premium for each precious citation their work garners.

“It’s a stroke of genius,” crows the university’s entrepreneurial dean. “We’re cutting through the stuffy gatekeeping of traditional academia and aligning incentives. If you want your work widely cited, it’s time to start thinking like an influencer!”

Academics, however, are less enthusiastic. Frantic calls to grant agencies are met with bewildered silence. Desperate professors start brainstorming potential corporate sponsors: “Perhaps my groundbreaking study on medieval poetry could subtly incorporate a few stanzas about the wonders of toothpaste…?”

The new model transforms academic conferences into QVC-style pitch sessions. Forget presenting data; scholars now shill their research like late-night infomercial products. “But wait, there’s more!” shouts an over-caffeinated sociologist. “If you cite my paper within the next week, I’ll throw in a second citation absolutely free, and a set of steak knives!”

Naturally, some disciplines prove more financially viable than others:

  • Historians struggle to compete with the flashy citations of medical researchers promising miracle cures.
  • Literary scholars face an existential crisis: can you slap a sponsor’s logo on a deconstructionist analysis of Hamlet?
  • Scientists scramble to find ways to discreetly slip corporate logos into their chemical compound diagrams.

The “Pay-Per-Citation” model creates a strange new scholarly elite: those who can afford the most citations. “Forget tenure,” scoffs a wealthy, heavily-cited professor, “now it’s all about having the right backers.” Rumors circulate of shadowy figures manipulating citations to settle obscure scholarly feuds.

As the university’s coffers overflow, and the pursuit of knowledge becomes inseparable from the pursuit of sponsors, one weary professor pens a mournful ode to a bygone era. It sits unpublished, gathering dust, and he ponders the potential sponsorship value of a poignant lament about the death of intellectual integrity.

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