One of the leading US academic journals declined to publish an article from a renowned professor explaining that his use of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale as a metaphor for the ignored scientific work was culturally insensitive and in danger of being "sexualized".
Ton van Rahn, a professor of quantitative science at Leiden University in the Netherlands, first compared the late discovery of academic work to the story of Brothers Grimm fairy tale about 15 years ago.
His colorful explanation was compiled by other leading scientists during the years of intervention, making him an incentive for academic discussion of how key academic documents are often used only a few decades after publication.
"It refers to a scientific article published in a diary, but nobody or almost nobody is interested in not quoting for a long time, five years, 10 years or 15 years, then suddenly someone is interested in paper for whatever reason is the prince who awakens the beautiful beauty, "Van Rahn said.
Van Rahn said he was astonished when his final work on medical articles was rejected in e-mail within a few hours after submission by the Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, explaining that the term "sleeping beauty" was "unacceptable" .
The editorial editor of the magazine mentioned Van Rahn with lengthy explanations from editors claiming that the metaphor does not help explaining and "the use of such terms should be avoided, despite links to historical roots in literature."
The newspaper further argued that the story of Sleeping Beauty, in which the princess slept for 100 years until she awakened with Prince's kiss, would not be immediately recognizable to academics around the world. The story was made in Disney Animation in 1959.
"The use of metaphors is complicated by socio-cultural factors and can not be adequately translated across borders," the magazine explained.
She added that other academics expanded Van Rahn's metaphor to "introduce a clue to the purity of the beautiful beauty of sleep, in terms of the number of articles that awakened the posture."
The magazine noted that a newspaper in 2018 added a "new label – smart girls" – to tag articles that receive immediate quotes with a rapid decline, which was built "after the previous sexualization of the quoted trajectories."
Van Rahn said he could understand the inconvenience with some uses of the metaphor, but that the ban on a broad brush was an unlucky act of "political correctness."
"I've always been sober to the metaphor," Van Rahn said. "There was a beautiful beauty, the prince. And that's it. There are no fantasies."
He said he noticed that a Belgian counterpart had used the phrase "hibernator" since then, rather than sleeping a princess and "waking up" about the role of the prince.
"I wrote to these authors to tell them," Capitulated. "Hibernator? It's like something from Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey," Van Rahn said. "What's incredible is that they said it was culturally discriminating because not everyone on this planet knows about this fairy tale."
Van Ryan said that in recent talks with the editor of the magazine, I said that the answer is "a form of political correctness and I do not accept it.
"I am using a metaphor of a fairy tale known to everyone." For over 15 years, I taught lectures around the world, an Egyptian audience, an audience in Oman, there is no problem at all. "
Managing editor of the magazine Julia Hanova refused to respond to Van Rahn's criticisms.