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Caveat: spam and scam conferences

Huge differences in quality or level exist among conferences. Some are mere money-making machines, with flawed reviewing, poor quality, fake credentials and even accepting computer-generated papers. Some national conferences just cannot compare to some selective international conferences. SIVA Conferences does not rank signal and image processing conferences, nor decide which is bogus/fake/sham/scam, which is not. It cannot be liable on the quality of mentioned conferences. Just be aware of those blossoming bogus congresses, scam workshops, sham meetings or fake conferences. So if you want to attend a SCAM seminar, only attend this one: Séminaire Cristolien d'Analyse Multifractale (SCAM), at Université Paris-Est Créteil . Some so-called conference organizations or scientific societies are under the spotlight as bogus/spam conferences. In many countries, such conferences have been identified, and a paper accepted in those will not be taken into account in your resume, when applying for a position. They should thus be avoided. They make you waste time, money (yours, your institution or your country) and, moreover, self-respect. But might be nice for vacations :) Try to send them the following paper.

Some guidelines and personal opinions about Academia, journal and conference publishing, university applications and evaluation processes are expressed in the following documents:

An educated selection of sources (journals and conferences) is part of the every-day-job of a scientist. A conference is a great place to have your work evaluated by peers, to present your work, but more important: to discuss your work with qualified attendees, to attend and discuss other qualified attendees' work. Some rules of thumb to select a conference to submit to:

  1. Being "International" does not suffice, as having a committee. Most scam conferences mimic the real ones. They even claim committee members that actually are not. So double-check if the committee members are known scientists in your field.
  2. Check and double-check if the conference is considered as bogus/scam/sham or fake. Here is a list of hint:
  3. Check if the conference is adapted to your paper proposal: try to read former years proceedings, check conference topics, technical chairs, scientific committee...;
  4. Be careful with celebrities (Nobels, Fields medals) invited in plenaries. They may be Fool's gold (or pyrite);
  5. Check whether the conference ever published a paper you have read and you consider interesting;
  6. Check whether the conference ever published a paper somebody else you consider worthy has read and consider interesting;
  7. Check whether people publishing in these conferences are knowledgeable in your field.
Talk to your colleagues, inform your advisors, ask former participants. Get advice. And always remember Richard Hamming 3 questions interview...: for new hires at Bell Labs:
  1. What are you working on?
  2. What is the most important open problem in your area?
  3. Why arenít they the same?