Just because you read a study in a seemingly prestigious medical journal doesn't necessarily mean that it's well-vetted. In fact, it could be that the so-called expert of the study just came from the vet themselves.
Mike Daube of Perth, Australia decided to try a little social experiment involving his beautiful pet Staffordshire terrier, Olivia Doll. Doubting that some of these seemingly prestigious medical journals actually checked into the credentials of their board, he submitted some questionable credentials for "Dr. Olivia Doll," and several journals accepted her onto their board.
And just like that, Olivia earned her Dogtorate.
Her owner wanted to see which journals would accept his Dr. Doggo as an expert if he simply paid a fee. According to the story in Big Think, several journals were more than happy to oblige.
Of all the journals her credentials were sent to, seven accepted her onto the board, according to Business Insider.
- EC Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Journal of Community Medicine & Public Health Care
- Journal of Tobacco Stimulated Diseases
- Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse/Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism: Research and Therapy
- Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Disorders
- Associate Editor and Editorial Board member, Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine
- Austin Addiction Sciences
Though she may not be an actual accredited academic professor, Dogtor Doll did teach us all a very valuable lesson: Make sure to double check the actual credentials behind any online journal. Many of them may sound legitimate but actually don't thoroughly investigate the credits of the people — or pets — who represent them.