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What are predatory conferences?
Predatory conferences are poorly organized or non-existent conferences that exploit presenters and attendees by collecting registration fees.
They solicit submissions similarly to predatory publishers.
Top red flags of a predatory conference
- Organized by a for-profit entity, rather than a credible scholarly or scientific society or association
- The conference name resembles a credible or highly prestigious conference
- Combines multiple disciplines or multiple unrelated topics into a single conference
- Uses a free e-mail address, such as a Gmail or Yahoo address
- An e-mail solicitation contains hyperbolic language about how prestigious the conference is
- Information about the conference organizers is unclear or nonexistent; or the organizer is not well known or reputable
- Promises a short turnaround acceptance time
- Marketed as a holiday at a popular tourist destination
- The conference website is unstable or has no record of conferences in previous years
- The website text contains poor grammar or spelling errors
- Conference fees are higher compared to those run by non-profit scholarly societies or associations
- Promises to publish your presentation as an article in the journal associated with the conference
(Warning: The journal associated with a predatory conference is also predatory, and the conference organizers may later insist on additional article processing charges to publish your article)
- Charging combined registration fees and journal publishing charges
(Adapted from Eaton, S. E. (2018). Avoiding Predatory Journals and Questionable Conferences:
A Resource Guide, CC BY NC SA)
A list of questionable conferences