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Predatory Publishing: Evaluating Conferences

How to Evaluate Conferences

Similar to evaluating publishers and journals, these are some common things to look out for:

  • Similar names to other major publishers or professional organizations
    • Note what might be appealing to someone depending on their academic level, geographic location, or their field's prestige -- is it "international" or "British"
  • Personalized email invitations with clumsy language and/or lack of information
  • Promise of a quick and easy turnaround for submission and approval
    • Consider how long or complicated it can be to properly read proposals and review pieces through a multi-step peer review process and scheduling presentations
  • Organization's location is hidden and/or only has vague information on the current or previous conferences
  • Email and website use clumsy language with grammatical errors
  • Email and website contain blurry and/or unprofessional images or branding identities
  • Previous conference proceedings aren't available online or indexed in academic databases
  • Conference fees and structures are hidden, vague, or exorbitantly high (to ensure high profit margin)
  • Conference or overarching organization's contact information is hidden or connected to an unprofessional, un-customized email address (e.g. @gmail or @yahoo)
    • There are no representatives connected to a major academic institution, such as conference committees, review boards, or testimonials, to follow-up on
  • Faculty and advisors have never heard of the conference or the overarching organization 

Additional Resources

Check out these resources for evaluating conferences:

Predatory Conferences