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Protect Your Research: Tools to Spot Predatory Conferences

Don't Let Predatory Conferences Exploit Your Research - Use These Resources to Protect Yourself

Not all conferences are created equal, and some are actually predatory in nature. These conferences are organized by profit-seeking individuals or companies that exploit the academic community for their own benefit. As a scholar, it's important to be aware of these predatory conferences and avoid wasting your time and money. In this blog post, we'll highlight some useful tools to help you spot predatory conferences and protect your research.

Roberto Rodríguez R.
Roberto Rodríguez R.
CAO @ SofiaGo

Caltech Library's "Open Access: Questionable Conferences" Webpage

Offers a list of resources to check conference reliability. It also provides a list of fake, dubious, and suspicious conferences that scholars should be aware of. This resource is a great starting point for scholars who want to ensure they're attending a legitimate conference. https://library.caltech.edu/c.php?g=512665&p=3503029

Flaky Academic Conferences

Is a website that analyzes conferences according to spam, indications of shady practices or possible incompetence in the subject areas, and reports on other websites or media. It also offers a searchable list of conferences that scholars should be cautious of. http://flakyc.blogspot.com/

Beall's List

Jeffrey Beall's Beall's List gained a reputation for publishing a list of predatory journals.Take some time to see if a suspicious conference is tied to one of these journals and take your own conclusions. https://beallslist.net/

Idaho State University

Provides some advice to assess an academic conference. The university suggests asking questions such as: Are invited speakers charged unreasonably high fees? Will conference abstracts or proceedings be published? Are you able to locate abstracts or proceedings from previous years? This resource is a great way to assess whether a conference is worth attending or not https://www.isu.edu/ichr/resources/predatory-journals--conferences/

Think, Check, Attend

Provides criteria to guide and assist researchers and scholars in judging the legitimacy and academic credentials of conferences. The website offers a checklist of questions to ask, such as whether the conference has a clear focus and theme, whether it has a well-defined audience, and whether it's supported by a reputable organization. https://thinkcheckattend.org/

Predatory conferences are a growing problem in the academic world, but there are tools available to help scholars protect themselves. The resources listed above can help you avoid wasting your time and money, and ensure that you get the best out of your research.