Sunday, 28 April 2013

Are these WASET conferences just a scam?

A few days ago I received an email inviting me to submit an abstract and attend ICMEMT 2013 : the XXXIVth International Conference on Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Technology in Venice in August.


Venice in August sounded attractive but it aroused my suspicions. Would we organise an MEI Conference in Venice at the height of the tourist season when hotel accommodation is hard to find, and what is available is extremely expensive? Very strange! Even stranger when a few hours later I received another email, inviting me to submit an abstract and attend the XXXIVth International Conference on Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Technology in Prague in July!!

The conference(s) apparently aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Technology, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. Apparently this is “the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Mining, Mineral Processing and Metallurgical Engineering”. Really? So why, especially if it is the XXXIVth in the series, have I never heard of it? My next step was to look at the conference website.

Papers from the conference will apparently be published in a special issue of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET) “a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, monthly and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in Science, Engineering and Technology. WASET offers a single, highly recognized platform where peer-reviewed high quality scientific papers can be hosted and accessed by millions of researchers, enabling authors to keep abreast of the latest developments in their field”. I looked at the list of Editorial Board members, but recognised no one, nor many of the institutions. The only UK editorial board member listed was Kenneth Revett of University of Westminster Harrow School of Computer Science. I found their website via Google, but Mr. Revett does not appear on the list of staff.

It’s interesting that the Mining and Metallurgical event(s) is just one (or two) of around 3000 conferences that WASET are organising this year!

What is all this about? Are these legitimate conferences, or just scams to solicit registration fees? Amanda and I did a very quick Google search of WASET, and there were some interesting findings. First of all the WASET open access journal is listed on Beall’s list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.

Antonio Garcia-Macias found, on checking the website for the next International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (which is run by the European Neural Networks Society every year), a WASET conference with an identical name scheduled for Amsterdam. It claims to be 34th ICANN, but so far only 22 conferences in the legitimate series have been run, and in 2013 this will be in Sophia in September, not in May in Amsterdam. Antonio concludes that the name has been hijacked and doubts that the conference in Amsterdam will ever take place.

A University of San Diego professor intended to attend a WASET conference in Singapore in 2010, as he was to be in Asia at that time.  As a prerequisite to registration he had to pay 450 Euros into to an account in Dubai. After that all attempts to register failed, as did attempts to contact the organisers and he never recovered his registration fee.

So I thought I would test the water and submit a paper which should not pass even the briefest of technical appraisals, let alone a rigorous peer-review. What better than the essence of last year’s April Fool’s Day blog? Not wanting to spend a lot of time on the “technical content”, I submitted this brief "technical note":

Technical Note
Homeopathic methods provide the key to collectorless flotation
B.A. Wills (MEI, Falmouth, UK) and R. Head (Bodmin Institute, Cornwall, UK)

Abstract
The collectorless flotation of minerals has been one of the Holy Grails of flotation scientists. Although it has been achieved with a few highly hydrophobic materials such as diamond and anthracite, it has had little success with the vast majority of minerals, which have to be persuaded to float by the use of expensive and often toxic reagents. Research in UK has shown that the science of homeopathy may provide the answer.

Introduction
Collectorless flotation of certain sulfides was shown to occur by Trahar and Heyes of CSIRO in 1977. Other authors later researched this subject. Arbiter and Vargas applied collectorless flotation to the recovery of copper from Arizona ores in the late 1980s. They showed it could work on the commercial scale but was not as efficient as flotation with xanthate collectors. Their work is summarised by Arbiter and Gebhardt, These authors concluded that "the need to consider ore geology and to control water quality and redox environments during grinding, conditioning and flotation make commercial-scale collectorless flotation impractical without advances in system controls".

Synopsis of preliminary work
Homeopathy is a controversial alternative medicine, which uses extremely diluted solutions and is claimed to work due to water having a memory, which allows homeopathic solutions to be used without any of the original substance being present (Chaplin, 2007).

We treated a 10% by volume solution of xanthate using a process called succussion, which involves serial dilution of the solution together with shaking and forceful striking on an elastic body; the exact process cannot be disclosed due to an impending patent application.

Each dilution is followed by succussion, until none of the original xanthate in the solution can be detected. However, repeated succussion produces potentization, and the now essentially distilled water memorises the initial xanthate content. We then found that the use of this water in sulphide mineral flotation was as effective as using the original, untreated xanthate solution.

Repeated trials have yet to be carried out, but this potential breakthrough could herald a new dawn in flotation technology, with negligible reagent usage and the concomitant reduction in treatment of environmentally hazardous tailings. Full details and results will be presented at the conference.

References
Arbiter, N. and Gebhardt, J.E., Requirements for Industrial Collectorless Flotation of Sulfide Minerals, Proc. 3rd Int. Symp. Electrochemistry in Mineral and Metal Processing III, R.Woods and P.E. Richardson, Eds, The Electrochem. Soc., 1992.
Chaplin, M.F., The memory of water: an overview, Homeopathy, 96(3), 2007.
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Within an hour I received an email informing me that my peer- reviewed draft paper had been accepted for presentation, as well as inclusion in the conference proceedings at the conference and for publication in the special journal issues.

Obviously the message here is to avoid such conferences at all costs. At the very best they are suspect. If they exist at all they are no doubt mediocre, and have no place on a calendar of respected international conferences, such as that published on MEI Online.

I would be grateful if you could pass this post to your colleagues, and I would certainly like to hear from anyone who has had experience of WASET, in particular anyone who has actually attended one of these conferences. I would particularly like to have feedback from the organisers!

84 comments:

  1. Let me compliment you, once again for the great service you doing to Minerals faternity; You made it a global hub and giving your frank opinions.
    Keep doing this and I as a Mineral Engn I have no words to compliment your service .
    The other day I was talking to Dr.Alban Lynch,my mentor and teacher, and he is also full of appreciation of your services to Mineral Engn.
    Regards,
    T.C.Rao

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    1. Many thanks again TC. Please give my best regards to Alban next time you speak to him.

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  2. Here is another blog about the WASET conferences, which includes a translation of a Turkish newspaper article about them, plus a reply from the author in the comments section: http://copy-shake-paste.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/turkish-mock-conferences.html

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    1. Waset Paris June 20-21, FAKE Waset conference....BEWARE!

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  3. It is very good of you to point out the issue.

    There are plenty of links warning about WASET (a simple Google search- WASET/scam).

    i.e.

    https://plus.google.com/111668260744154762636/posts/QvKNSetQw4M

    I am very sorry for those who have had their money stolen; and it is a shame the authorities are near-useless at overcoming international scammers.
    Stephen Gay, Australia

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  4. Thank you Barry for taking the time to expose this WASET conference for what it is.
    I make it a point to only consider Conferences associated with well known organizations like CIM, SME, etc.to which I belong as a member.

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  5. I have really appreciated your blog about the WASET conferences. By the end of 2011 I got really interested in one conference that took place (or not?) one year ago at a very exotic (and thus attractive, not in the sense of Venice, but more adventurous) place, Ulan-Ude, Russia.
    But then the web site (http://www.epsglobal.ca/Meeting_en/new_en/20111027/403.html#) was very incomplete, the organizing company from another area, and the registration expensive (US$ 1200), and I gave it up because it looked too dangerously to be a scam.
    I still don't know if it was a scam or actually a good conference, but today the organizer's web site looks as it has not been updated for at least one year.

    It is annoying to think that we could fall for it, but is very good to be aware.

    With best wishes
    Reiner Neumann, DSc, CETEM, Brazil

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  6. There are some replies on this blog from people who have attended WASET conferences: http://comp-lite.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/is-waset-fraud-whose-victims-keep-quiet.html. It makes for interesting reading!

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  7. yes indeed i aslo got a n acceptance letter after 2 days
    without any reviews!
    thank you very much for this website i'll cancel and withdraw my paper
    i had worked on it for 5 months
    this is a no no publication to waset
    best regards
    Yasmin

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  8. It is a warning to young researches who are anxious to attend conferences and present their work. i have followed the WASET website for the last two years and got suspicious about the conferences. Is it possible to organise conferences on more than 10 areas simultaneously in the same hotel? Later,in one of the blogs ,I read the experiences of a scholar who attended the conference. I think there is a need to expose the activities of WASET .Hope more people will share their experiences and expose WASET conference activities.

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    1. It's interesting that the organisers have nothing to say in their defence, even though I brought this blog to their attention over 2 weeks ago.

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  9. I did receive exactly the same invitation letter for my paper on government, election and corruption from WASET August 14-15 Venice, Italy. I have asked further questions on hotels,conference fee and rundown panels. It has been more than month I did nt get any answer. As I was wondering, I found your post as a caution. Thank you very much for sharing this information

    Sincerely

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  10. I have also attended a WASET conference in Dubai and got the idea quickly. If your paper is worthy DO NOT waste it by publishing it on WASET journals. They are not professional journals neither the conferences have anything to do with science. Anyone can publish anything in WASET. No reviews... When I sent an article for publication, it has been accepted the next day without any comments!!! SO if you want just to publish... WASET may help you but if you are a researcher with a worthy background and a professional, just don't look at WASET.

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    1. did any one attend the conference anywhere?

      I have a conference at Paris on dec 30-31 2013. I am hesitant to pay and travel and then find nothing over there.

      can anyone help?

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    2. did u actually go to the conference?

      can you tell me more about it?

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    3. Omar,

      A few people here have commented that they have attended WASET conferences, see Christos's comment above and Hector's below. It seems that the conferences DO run, but that they are very low quality and include a lot of papers which are of no relevance to your subject.

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    4. Hello, I have a Waset conference in Istanbul on 17-18 February, and I'm hesitant, because I doubt that it is a scam, the problem that the members of Waset gives us an address of hotel saying that this event will take place there, whereas members of the hotel say that this is not the case!

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  11. Last year I attended a WASET conference in London, it surprised me how fast I got my paper accepted but I wasn´t suspecting any fraud, however, when I attend the conference I was very disapointed, I arrive on time for registration and there was only one person starting to unpack some materials for the conference (there wasn´t any signal regarding the conference in the hotel), when the conferences started I was very surprised as they were about a wide range of topics (suposedly the conference was about sustainable agriculture), all in all it was a very unpleaseant experience for me as it was only the second time I presented a paper in an international conference and I put a lot of effort (and money) on it.

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  12. It's very interesting to read of your experiences, Hector, Christos and Anon. The more people who share their stories, the easier to is for the rest of us to learn and not make the same mistakes. Thank you.

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  13. Few days before, I attended WASET conference in Barcelona. I felt guilty of my self my wasting my important paper for it. Its broad. no reviews..in a very small room, people are presenting. I don't know why I submitted it...There were around 50 papers accepted. (probably all submitted papers) Just a half day sessions... Researchers-from Japan

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  14. I sent a paper to WASET in 2011, which they published in issue 80 of the year. However, I cannot locate the article again in their website presently. It is amazing because I did not pay a dime for the publication. Could it be a scam?

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  15. I'm not sure that they are a scam as such, more that they are just extremely low quality conferences and journals. Ok, if you fancy a bit of academic tourism, but no good if you are hoping to further your career. That's just my opinion though :)

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  16. Oh no.. I just came across your website and I am attending a WASET conference in Malaga later on 28-29 November. I hope all goes well. This is bad... I spent so much time writing the paper and so much money to register and fly there. :(

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  17. Could you let us know how it goes in Malaga? I think it's helpful to hear from people who have actually attended these conferences. I hope it goes well for you...

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    1. The conference did go on but it is definitely of low quality. There were only 4 papers submitted for the conference that I registered for and only 2 presenters turned up. The conference hotel was also changed at the last minute. The administrator for the conference was also dubious. He claimed that he is a professor but refused to provide any name cards or official email address.

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    2. Oh no, that's sounds awful. Thanks for coming back and sharing this with us and I'm so sorry to hear that your hard work was not rewarded by attending a good conference.

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  18. Have a look at these black listed journals WASET is one of them

    http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/

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  19. I humbly request everyone not to send any papers to WASET. It is the only conference, where certificate of participation will be issued at the time of registration itself on the first day. Do not waste your money, time and valuable reserch work.

    ssn

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  20. I am also one of those who felt chearted by WASET. they are definitely low quality confrences, poor organization, conference rooms packed - they are small. In Paris in June we had to walk across the street to get our lunch as s result all the afternoon sessions were late and poorly attended. they are only good for academic tourists!

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  21. We register for a waset conference, but until the last minute, they send us an email to say that they have not revieve our registration fees. I contact the hotel where the conference must take place they say that they have not informations about this event.
    We was confused and decide to give up.
    It's an adventure to go to a country and you are not sure that the conference will take place or not.

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  22. I am about to apply for a grant for waset Dubai this April. Am happy to read these comments. thanks guys

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  23. Hello, take a look at my experience with WASET Montreal 2014 conference at http://adamchehouri.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks for this Adam. It looks like they are still in business, so people must still be falling for it. Let's hope that eventually the message will hit home

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    2. Thanks Adam, I just read your blog and it seems like you had a lucky escape. The program was bizarre, particularly the paper from the Football Training Centre in Nigeria - very relevant to a conference on Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering... not!

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  24. I have been wondering if WASET is a real thing. I was looking at the Chemical and Material Engineering conference however got a bit confuse why there are many similar conference in each year in different countries.
    I am so glad to read this comment. Thanks so much for exposing the scam.

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  25. Does anyone know how I could remove my paper from the WASET website?
    the conference is in two days, i did not pay the registration fees and i would like to withdraw my paper
    should i contact them telling them i will not attend?

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    1. I would contact them and ask them to remove your paper, although I wouldn't be surprised if you don't hear back!

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    2. I just posted elsewhere in the blogosphere re: my concerns that this very morning I was told by WASET that I am NOT presenting afterall at the May 16/17 "conference" in Amsterdam for "International Nursing Informatics Conference" which didn't feel right from the start. My three papers were accepted very quickly, if memory serves, not enough time elapsed to give it a proper review. I only learned this this very morning (Saturday April 26th) and despite what I and the credit card company say--there WAS clearance/authorization to charge the very expensive meeting registration to my credit card (about $900 U. S. money), WASET says I am not registered so cannot present.
      Upset earlier today that my time and effort and hopes were invested, I seem to be quickly changing to disappointment that I was 'taken' mixed with gratitude that it isn't too late for me to cut some losses on the travel arrangements for this, my working vacation, cancelling Amsterdam altogether and continuing instead to use my precious time off for my attached real vacation with family in Ireland.

      Anyone, should I cut my losses/forgetting about Amsterdam and WASET because its' either totally fake or of poor quality? I am senior in my field of nursing administration here at home and an identified scholar with a satisfactory set of publications and scholarly work which I can continue another way-will find different homes for my publications....is this what I should do?

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    3. Hi Mary Anne, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. As to what to do, if I were you, I would cut my losses, unless I particularly wanted a holiday in Amsterdam! From what others have said, even if the conference goes ahead, it would seem that the programmes are very random and I doubt it would be of much use to you professionally.
      Good luck and I hope you enjoy your holiday in Ireland!

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  26. It seems that WASET aren't the only events to watch out for. There's an interesting article on Australian Mining about Australian Industry and Lifestyle Exhibitions consistently postponing their mining exhibitions: http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/features/australian-industry-and-lifestyle-exhibitions-mini

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  27. Thanks Amanda and all here,

    Have decided to continue to Amsterdam for a more pure vacation experience as the fees to make changes for flights are unreasonable. I, of course, will not be presenting (I did not pay a registration fee) but had I not figured this out two days ago (that WASET is a scam!), I would have shown up at the appointed time and place in Amsterdam, trying to insist, if you will, that I should be allowed to present...and pay at the door...as the WASET site indicates you could. I, of course, would pay with credit card which is where the revelation seems to occur for some: that you canNOT pay by credit card at all (people would have a recourse) and the bloggers here indicate that they were taken (some anyway) by wiring money (I assume no/little recourse for the individual).

    It has been suggested to me that I show up at the conference to 'take names' perhaps try to register for the conference, see what happens. Maybe report to hotel management and/or local police. Trouble is, I suspect all will say no crime per se, just poor quality, questionable business practices and low integrity. I am not beyond showing up to learn ....because I will be in town and its just a cab ride away.

    The meeting notice as of today 4.28 http://www.waset.org/conference/2014/05/amsterdam/ICNI/program indicates there are 134 presenters in about 3 diff exhibit halls which seems like a pretty large crowd. The conference is at:
    NH Naarden Hotel
    IJsselmeerweg 3
    1411 AA Naarden
    The Netherlands

    I plan to call in the morning to engage them in discussion.

    I do not intend to make it my life's work to bring these people to justice; but i am motivated enough to explore writing for publication on the matter of "predatory open-access publishing" or "predatory scholarship" which are the terms I recently learned, since Saturday.

    Who has a suggestion for me if I go to the hotel? Talk to the 'organizer'/gather evidence? Talk to the other attendees...others on this blog indicate some of the meetings simply don't 'go' while some get moved to a different venue? I have internet access while away, I leave Friday.

    If I do write for publication, are my keywords ok as per just above?

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Sorry for the late reply, how did you get on in Amsterdam? I hope you had a nice little holiday in the end!

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  28. I am in a waset conference held in Copenhagen right now. I admit that acdemically it is not a very high quality conference. In this session there are presentations in different subjects but all categorized under social sciences and humanities .

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  29. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am writing to complain on the quality of the conference that I have attended recently in Istanbul. Overall for me, this was the worst conference that I have ever joined since becoming an academician. Poor management on tentative and facilities have caused a lot of problem during the program. On top of that, the participants are pooled from wide different background and being registered under different conference name. Therefore, the discussion become more general and presenters need to clarify the topics in details which not supposed to be.
    It is undeniable that this is the low quality profit based conference organizer and attempts to easily extract the money from the conference fees. In return, the participants attended poor quality program and being given cheap printed proceeding and pouch. I am distributing this information to all colleagues and friends to ban any program organized by WASET.
    Thank you

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  30. I have both attended WASET one conference, submitted and published an abstract and paper there, and have reviewed several papers for them this spring. It is true that the conference was small, held in several rooms with several tracks, but the people who attended had done real work, some of it rather good, and they tended to be from countries that have historically had a difficult time publishing in western journals. I have published in "good"mainstream journals before myself also. It is a peer reviewed system, they have many of these conferences and it is possible to go and just have a vacation in an interesting place. However, for my purposes, I wanted to publish within my first year in a new place, starting from scratch, and WASET enabled me to do that. I also met junior scholars who were learning how to present and publish and who got good feedback on their work at this conference. They did feed us within the conference with hearty lunches, and at the end also took us to lunch at a decent restaurant that was NOT a chain (this conference was in NYC, which I know well from living and working there, and the restaurant was one that had an "A" from the NYC Board of Health, and, one that even though it is in a touristy part of town near Penn Station, was very acceptable) for further conversation. Our host was a long time professor in one of the local NYC universities.

    The persons who reviewed my abstract were polite, and persistent, and they did make comments (and I had to change the format repeatedly to get it into the online system). I realized when I went to the conference that it was because the booklet contained full papers, and you are meant to submit papers that are camera ready for review and commentary because once they are accepted they apparently go into the conference booklet, which then counts as a publication.

    While I will grant that WASET conferences are not like the big professional science conferences that many of you may have gone to they have a definite niche, and serve a purpose. I would not be so quick to denigrate what they do - everyone needs to start somewhere, and some people might be a bit overwhelmed going to IEEE, or AAAS, or ACSB, or any of a number of larger, professional conferences with a bit less hand holding. And, you do get your work out there - since I can remember publishing at a time when little cards from people all over the world would arrive requesting a copy of your paper (which was exciting ! But, took a long time from submission to publication) the WASETs of the world can serve a purpose that is helpful.

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    1. Thank you for your input "Anonymous", it's always good to hear both sides. I wonder, do you have an email address for anyone at WASET, since you have been reviewing papers for them, that you could pass on to me (Amanda@min-eng.com) as I would be interested in bringing this blog posting to their attention so that they can comment on it.

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  31. I am a PhD student and, unfortunately, my collegue and I have been victim of this fake conference.
    We were looking for a conference about vaccines and vaccination and we decided to join the ICVV 2014 in Rome, the "International Conference of Vaccines and Vaccination" organized by Waset. When the congress program was available (only less than one week before the conference) we noticed that the list of abstracts and posters did not reflect the topics we were interested in and that were promoted in the flyer on Waset website. We tried many times to ask an explanation but, obviously, they didn't answered (the only way to contact them is by mail).
    After that we looked up for other conferences organized by Waset in the same period and city. What we noticed was that there were many conferences with different names and topics planned on the same day and at the same place of the ours.
    Unfortunately, we have wasted money that we would have wanted to put in our education.

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  32. I have attended a WASET 'conference'. I believe the organisers are fraudulent in their advertising of the event. The same 'conference' is advertised under several different scientific specialities, ranging from remote sensing, to genetic and molecular engineering, business, statistics etc. so people applying to attend or present are lead to believe that the conference is in their specialist field and the audience will be a collection of their peers. What actually happens is that all these specialities are clumped into the same conference!! And you are lucky if you get even one talk on the subject of the conference you actually applied for. You are given a certificate of attendance stating that you have participated in a conference about a certain subject. This is blatantly false.

    I did not present. Those that did present, I thought had good quality research. However I am concerned that if state in their CV's that they have presented at a WASET conference or had their work published in the WASET journal, it could be detrimental to their careers.

    The organisation was well below what I have experienced in every other conference I have attended. The computer provided did not work, presentations that were sent to be downloaded to the website were not there, and the number of speakers far outweighed the time allocated for them to speak.

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  33. Thank you all for bringing up the WASET "conferences"! As PhD student, I found an interesting conference coming in London, sent an abstract and got it "peer reviewed" in 3 days. The acceptance email came from waset.org -address and I became suspicious. I googled WASET, and one of the first pages I found was this blog. Thanks to you, I withdraw my abstract and send it to another conference organized by well-known international association.

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  34. Hello there, thank God I googled and stumbled upon this blog. I had sent my paper to Waset Conf scheduled on feb 2015 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and had been accepted within a week. But was a bit confusing when I received no reviews, that is obviously weird. I was planning to go, but recently stumbled upon a list of journals and publishers that are banned from Ministry of Higher Education in my country, and Waset happens to be one of them! Then i googled and this entry confirms it. Tq. How do we withdraw our paper from the conf?

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  35. Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. DeLinn, I don't know how you withdraw a paper, I have had no success in contacting the organisers myself. Maybe just email them and tell them you are withdrawing it and then consider it withdrawn and submit it somewhere else?

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  36. My experience is more positive but ...
    I attended the ICLL 2014 (language learning) in Oslo. We were lucky - the conference was held in the announced hotel (we booked accommodation in another, cheaper hotel), papers were published in the International journal of social, management, economics and business engineering - but probably this is an online journal WITHOUT ISSN or ISBN.

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  37. It's sad that many researchers are tricked into giving money to fraudsters...
    Since you mention the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN) in the article, here is an announcement made by the European Neural Network Society (ENNS) about the fake conference with the same acronym "organized" by Waset:
    http://e-nns.org/2014/10/warning-about-fake-conference-on-neural-networks/

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  38. I just attended the WASET conference today in Venice. It is a completely fake conference. There were 41 seats in a hotel room. In total fewer than 15 people attended., and the topics presented are not in the same area at all. The organisation only intends to cheat people to pay. The key issue for people who have suffered from the fake conferences is to let WASET fall.

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    1. Thanks for letting us know and sorry that you had such a bad experience.

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  39. WASET announced that the conference is on 13-14 November 2014 in Venice. However, the so-called "conference" is located in Mestre, which is a sober and dirty town nearby Venice. Very dishonest and completely miss-leading! The only goal of the organisor is to cheat people, as many as possible, in order to get higher profit. WASET does not care about any content of the conference. Is there any possibility to sue WASET?

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    1. I don't know about suing them, I expect it would be next to impossible to be honest. For a start you'd need to find contact details and that seems to be hard enough!

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  40. I submitted a paper to WASET conference in London 28-29/2014 and the review I received only recommended to change format to their template, nothing factual! Given the fact the paper contained numerous mistakes (as reviewers from an impacted non-WASET journal remarked), I wonder if somebody reviews it for WASET at all...for 450 EUR, supposed to be in a mediocre hotel in Wembley, this is clearly not worth the money, so I didnt pay. Michal

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  41. Hello...
    I am very sad with what I have just read...
    I was accepted to the conference in London on January 19th-20th in 2015.
    I was going to pay my fee right now when I found the blog and discovered WASET is fake!
    I have no words to say how sorry I am.
    I had worked on my paper for months!
    Has anyone heard about the London Conference in 2015?
    Thank you for the warning...

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  42. Although my article was accepted by the Waset within 2 days after submitting, I did not pay the fee and participate in the conference, because I read this blog. Thank you very much everyone. But, I visited the venue to check the situation in Thailand on 18th - 19th December.

    The Waset's international conference was held at the small floor of Amari Hotel, in which there was no guide plate and flag with conference name in the hotel including the floor. Therefore it was difficult for me to find the conference hall and reception.

    Finally, I confirmed the conference with a receptionist. There were several participants in the floor in front of the reception, but they went to somewhere without participation in the ongoing session.

    Actually, I took some photos. This was first time for me to see the conference without any notice board in the venue.

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  43. I really appreciate all you guys for sharing such useful experiences, I decided to participate WASET conference to be held in San Fransisco on Jun 2015 and was a little suspicious to the committee members as all were working on completely irrelevant fields, then I searched and found this page, this is really beneficial for every researcher, thanks

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  44. I am extremely thankful to your comments...I doubted it because of the small gap between the abstract submission and the conference itself, besides the unknown board members for the "International Journal of Civil, Structural and Architectural Engineering". The main theme is something and the previous publications is something else. Thank God I didn't waste my time for it and I'm blessed to find these comments of this mysterious WASET in the right time.

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  45. I was quite thrilled to find another conference that I could possibly attend to present my research work. The website looks legit initially, but the more I read the looks, the more suspicious it looked. All the flyers and a lot of the contents are the same, except the dates, venues and name of conference. It seems they have soooooo many conferences in a year, covering so many countries! I was almost going to register already, but decided to do a quick check on google. Thank goodness I came across your blog!

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  46. Im soooo glad I googled the website because I became suspicious after I went to the PAYMENT section. Obviously I became interested at attending an conference in London despite the costly registration fee. Here is the payment heading reads 'Due strict rules of froud protection of issuer bank, your payment can be rejected by no reason. If so please head to other payment methods. ' The moment I spot the spelling and grammar mishaps, I stopped.

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  47. Thanks God!!! Me and my lab mate almost fly from Japan to Venice this summer for waset fake conference. First, I didn't feel suspicious but when they told that they accepted my abstract 2 days after i submitted it, then i felt weird. My bf helped me to check the conference and finally ended up in this website. I'll cancel everything and again thank you.. You save my work

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    1. Hi I submitted my paper in ICICT Madrid also the 24/02 and it was accepted after 7 hours. I have checked in era/core before submitting to check if the conference is ranked or not and I find a conference with almost the same name which duped me I didn't pay attention at that time, but when my paper was accepted I find it weird. I send them a message telling them I can't attend the conference. Now I got this (Paper Publication:withdraw, Paper Acceptance:
      Rejected) Is it over? Thank you very much. I just wanted to share my experience

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    2. That was lucky! I'm so glad we've been able to help in this way, otherwise a lot of people could lose a lot of money.

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  48. WASET conferences are completely fake. I discovered by chance that am listed as an organizer on dozens and dozens of these fake conferences all over the world. In order to be doing this I would have to be constantly traveling the globe. I had no knowledge of these conferences and yet my name and affiliation is listed on numerous scam WASET conference web sites.

    Here is a sample of just two of these:
    https://www.waset.org/conference/2016/05/rome/ICMETA/committees
    https://waset.org/conference/2016/02/barcelona/ICSEM/committees

    I have contacted other professors listed as organizers for WASET conferences who were equally unaware of the abuse of their name and institution in this manner. There does not seem to be anything we can do about it since these scam artists, crooks and scoundrels refuse to stop this activity. I have asked them to stop using my name, to no avail. I have never consented or been informed of my name and institutional affiliation being used in this manner. Beware!! WASET is a complete and utter crook and scam outfit!

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    1. Thanks for letting us know!

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    2. Amanda can you kindly verify for us if ICKEA and ICCSSE are true and genuine ones

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    3. I've never heard of either, but a quick google found them and they look real enough to me.

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  49. My lab mate has already reached Singapore for a WASET conference to present a paper that includes me as well.....The conference is to be held tomorrow morning......I wish I had known about the scams earlier so that I could stop my research work end up in the hands of those con artists........

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  50. Please do not waste your time and money by attending WASET conference. it is just a scam.
    I was just attended to one of them and I am really sorry of my time and money.

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  51. Me too! Just a scam conference. waste money and time. After so many years, there isn't any authorities take actions on them!

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  52. There is a trending story on various news sources about a professor who used iOS auto-complete functions to write an abstract for a conference on atomic physics. It's an "accredited CPD conference," whatever that means. The abstract is hilarious!

    Link to the abstract: http://www.bartneck.de/2016/10/20/ios-just-got-a-paper-on-nuclear-physics-accepted-at-a-scientific-conference/
    Link to the conference website: http://atomic-nuclearphysics.conferenceseries.com/



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    1. Thanks for the links Peter, I just had a read and it's absolutely incredible that such an abstract should be accepted. No one must have read it.

      That link lead me to this one http://cabbagesofdoom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/omics-group-conferences-sham-or-scam.html which details the OMICS Group conferences. They sound very similar to WASET conferences!

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    2. Bit like my "technical note" on homeopathy in flotation, which was accepted after 'peer-review' within hours. Anyone with a modicum of knowledge would have realised that it was total nonsense. The frightening thing is that people are still obviously attending these events. You would think that professional people would be able to sort wheat from chaff.

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  53. I think you're being a bit unfair to people actually. Why wouldn't people take a conference at face value?
    It's easy to say in retrospect that they should look deeper into a conference, but I know that I for one was completely unaware of these 'fake'/'scam' conferences until I noticed this Waset conference was listed on online calendars as being on 2 different dates and investigated it, leading to your blog post.

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  54. I see your point, but surely if you were thinking of going to a completely unknown conference you would do at least a little research beforehand? Google maybe?

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