If it's a prank, it is as brilliant as Sokal's 1996 "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity".
Or it's an actual paper, in which case it is nonsense on stilts.
I so want it to be the perfect spoof that I'm afraid to check out the authors and the journal for fear I'll be disappointed.
From the journal Progress in Human Geography:
Glaciers, gender, and science
A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research
And the SagePub editors tag it in such a straightforward manner.
HT: Reddit where one of the commenters mentions Sokal which we have linked to a few times.
Here's last August's "Maybe the Social Sciences Aren't Really Science":
...As noted in UPDATED--Tyler Cowen on Izabella Kaminska's "Counterintuitive Model of the Modern World":
...Combined with being at the market for pretty much my entire adult life, focusing on energy and ag, and thinking that Alan Sokal's "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" was hilarious, I end up with plenty of solitude at parties....I tease my Sociology/Anthro/Psych friends with the Sokal paper.
Alan Sokal is a professor of mathematics at University College London and professor of physics at New York University. Back in 1996 he submitted "Trangressing the Boundaries..." to the journal Social Text and got it accepted by said learned Journal. His paper argued that quantum gravity is a social and linguistic construct and was, of course, complete gibberish. The paper is among the most cited in the field with some 900 cites at last count. It's also created a cottage industry of critiques and commentary.
Good yuks at the expense of the humanities folks, right?
In August the peer-reviewed (which Social Text was not) Journal, Advances in Pure Mathematics, accepted for publication “Independent, Negative, Canonically Turing Arrows of Equations and Problems in Applied Formal PDE”.
The paper was computer generated and was, of course, gibberish.**
If the journal of an academic discipline can't figure this stuff out, how the heck am I supposed to?