It’s been “the year of generative AI”, so I thought I’d ask ChatGPT to help me write some cracker-standard Christmas jokes with a scholarly communications theme. Despite my expert prompt engineering, the results were terrible, so I have mixed in some of my own efforts — see if you can tell which is which. Enjoy.

Man at holiday table reading joke from a Christmas cracker

Q: What flavor stuffing do publishers have with their Christmas turkey?
A: SAGE and onion!

Q: What color baubles does OASPA have on its Christmas tree?
A: Green and gold!

Q: Which book order for the scholarly publishing course arrived in the library on January 6th?
A: Three Tenopir & Kings!

Q: Why did the publisher take a break over the holidays?
A: They needed some rest and RELXation!

Q: What did the scientist say to Santa when he asked for a gift?
A: “I hope it’s not a Springer, I’ve got enough peer reviews!”

Q: Which seasonal publisher did Taylor & Francis buy in 2015?
A: HogManey!

Q: Which organization sponsors the seasonal fireworks for scholarly communications?

Q: Why did the engineer build a snowman on Christmas Eve?
A: He wanted to demonstrate IEEE (IcE Engineering Excellence)!

Q: What did the librarian most want for Christmas?
A: Noelsevier!

Q: What is a scholarly author’s favorite Christmas song?
A: Jingle Bells, journals swell, impact all the way, oh what fun it is to cite in a well-referenced essay!

Q: What do copy editors sing during Advent?
A: O come, o come, Emmanuel of Style!

Q: Which is the most seasonal professional association?
A: Institution of Civil Engineers – ICE!

Q: What do you call the festive gathering of scholars who celebrate Christmas and scientific discoveries together?
A: “Once in Royal David’s Society”!
Charlie Rapple

Charlie Rapple

Charlie Rapple is co-founder of Kudos, which showcases research to accelerate and broaden its reach and impact. She is also Vice Chair of UKSG and serves on the Editorial Board of UKSG Insights., and In past lives, Charlie has been an electronic publisher at CatchWord, a marketer at Ingenta, a scholarly comms consultant at TBI Communications, and associate editor of Learned Publishing.


3 Thoughts on "Scholarly Communications Meets your Christmas Cracker"

Thanks, Charlie. I had a good chuckle. Enjoy the holiday season!

It’s a tradition to have some really bad ones in the cracker box, right? Enjoy your holidays and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2024.

I asked ChatGPT to write a BMJ Journals themed Twelve Days of Christmas and it didn’t disappoint (and adorned my out-of-office for the Christmas period):

🎢 On the twelfth day of publishing, BMJ gave to me, Twelve reviewers reviewing, eleven editors editing, ten global collaborations, nine podcasts playing, eight citations soaring, seven graphs a-rising, six editorial insights, five impact factors! Four open access articles, three research themes, two peer reviews, and a groundbreaking study on a pear tree. πŸ“βœοΈπŸŒπŸ€πŸŽ™οΈπŸ“‘πŸ“ˆπŸ“ˆπŸ“ˆπŸ“ˆπŸ“ˆπŸ“ˆπŸ“ˆπŸ“š

Quite what a ground-breaking study on a pear tree would mean I’m unsure (sounds out of scope for BMJ, unless there’s a climate element to the planting of a tree or the nutritional benefits of pears). 12 reviewers reviewing resulting in only receiving 2 peer reviews was very astute of ChatGPT.

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