Friday, October 27, 2017

Fake academic conferences outnumber genuine conferences

Fake academic conferences have gotten the attention of Times Higher Education :
Predatory” conferences now outnumber official events organised by scholarly societies following an explosion in the number of such symposia held across the world, a researcher has warned.
Tens of thousands of academics are now likely to be paying to give papers at conferences of questionable value because of the “incredible demand” to present at international events, often the “difference between getting hired or promoted or not” said James McCrostie, associate professor at Daito Bunka University in Japan, who researches the issue.
I am not surprised. I have lost track of how many spam fake conference invitations have filled my inbox just in this week---my junk file runneth over.

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