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Potential, possible, or probable “predatory” conference organizers.

This is a list of questionable conference organizers. We recommend that ICCA members use it as a
cross-reference, and then decide for themselves whether or not they want to enter into business
arrangements with any of these companies.

All the organizers on this list are denied access into the ICCA Association database and their
respective meetings will not count for our annual statistics reports.

From https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/06/23/proposed-criteria-for-identifying-predatory-
conferences/#more-7641 :

“Any academic with an email spam folder realizes that the problem of predatory conferences
continues to grow at an alarming rate. Predatory conferences are for-profit, low-quality academic
meetings that exploit researchers’ need to share and present their research.

The overall conference experience often suffers at predatory conferences. However, not all
predatory conference organizers are small, fly-by-night operations working out of third world
countries. Predatory conference organizers want to make as much money as possible and there’s
more money to be made by offering a decently organized conference. Therefore a polished
conference experience shouldn’t automatically qualify a conference as legitimate and non-predatory.
A well-run conference allowing low-quality research to get presented alongside that of research from
famous keynote speakers and honest academics in order to maximize revenues remains predatory.”

Key difference between "predatory" and "fraudulent“: if a conference takes your money and no
event is organized, then there is clearly false advertising and grounds for legal action, perhaps even
criminal charges. If a conference takes your money and organizes a horrible, worthless, CV-staining
joke of an event, on the other hand, there is no regulatory body that you can complain to: scientific
quality is considered to be a matter of judgement, and there is no way to easily distinguish between
an honest-but-poor-quality conference and an intentionally predatory conference.

Given the rise in the number of “predatory conferences” and the increasingly sophisticated
organizations selling them, ICCA believes an overview like this, applied with necessary background
knowledge, can be helpful to make informed decisions.

We are using this description in line with some of the expert studies that have been investigating this
phenomenon, and reflecting how these events are viewed in the academic/association community.
See also this article on Wikipedia about “predatory conferences”:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_conference

It's important to note that there do exist good, high-quality "open source" meetings, which draw
content from multiple disciplines, with careful vetting. This type of meeting is not included within the
"predatory" description.

For a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers maintained by associate professor Jeffrey
Beall please see: https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/
 Academic Fora

http://academicfora.com/

 ACADEMICSWORLD

Academics World

http://academicsworld.org/

 ASE

Academy of Science and Engineering

http://www.scienceengineeringacademy.org/asesite/

 ASET

Advanced Science and Engineering Technology Institute

http://www.asetrc.org/

 AIRCC

AIRCC Publishing Corporation

http://airccse.org/

 ASR

American Society for Research

http://www.asr.org/

 APCBEES

Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society

http://www.cbees.org/events/
 ADTEL

Association for Development of Teaching, Education and Learning

http://adtelweb.org/index.php

 BIT LIFE

BIT Lifesciences

http://www.bitlifesciences.com/

 BOSI EDU

BOSI-EDU.ORG

http://www.bosi-edu.org/

 CBEES

Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering

http://www.cbees.org/

 DIRF

Digital Information Research Foundation

http://www.dirf.org/

 ENGII

Engineering Information Institute

http://www.engii.org/
 FTRA

Future Technology Research Association International

http://www.ftrai.org/conference.html

 GAHSSR

Global Association for Humanities and Social Science Research

http://gahssr.org/

 GPLRA

Global Psychology and Language Research Association

http://gplra.org/

 GRDS

Global Research & Development Services

http://www.grdsweb.com/

 HEF

Higher Education Forum

http://www.prohef.org/about.php

 INSTICC

Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication

https://www.insticc.org/

 IRED

Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors

http://www.theired.org/conference_event.html
 theIRES

Institute of Research Engineers and Scientists

http://theires.org/

 ICSAI

Interdisciplinary Circle of Science, Arts & Innovation

http://icsai.org/

 IAFOR

International Academic Forum

http://iafor.org/

 IACT

International Academy of Computer Technology

http://www.iact.net/

 IAI

International Academy Institute

http://ibac-conference.org/ibac/index.html

 IASTEM

International Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Management

http://iastem.org/
 IARIA

International Academy, Research and Industry Association

http://www.iaria.org/conferences.html

 IADIS

International Association for Development of the Information Society

http://www.iadisportal.org/

 IAPHLSR

International Association for Promotion of Healthcare and Life-Science Research

http://iaphlsr.org/

 IACSIT

International Association of Computer Science & Information Technology

http://www.iacsit.org/conference.htm

 IAENG

International Association of Engineers

http://www.iaeng.org/news.html

 IASTED

International Association of Science and Technology for Development

http://www.iasted.org/

 IBAC

International Business Academics Consortium

http://ibac-conference.org/ibac/index.html
 IBIMA

International Business Information Management Association

http://www.ibima.org/

 ICRD

International Center for Research & Development

http://theicrd.org/

 IEDRC

International Economics Development and Research Center

http://www.iedrc.org/list-32-1.html

 INTESDA

International Education for Sustainable Development Alliance

http://intesda.org/

 IIER

International Institute of Engineers & Researchers

http://theiier.org/

 IJCEA

International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications

http://www.ijcea.org/
 IJMMM

International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing

http://www.ijmmm.org/

 SGEM

International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference

http://www.sgem.org/

 ISAET

International Scientific Academy of Engineering & Technology

http://www.isaet.org/gallery.php

 ISERD

International Society for Engineering Research and Development

http://www.iserd.co/

 ISER

International Society for Engineers and Researchers

http://iser.co

 MATEC

Materials Science, Engineering and Chemistry

http://www.matec-conferences.org/

 NAUN

North Atlantic Union

http://www.naun.org/
 OMICS

OMICS International

http://www.omicsonline.org/ http://www.conferenceseries.com/

 PSRC

Planetary Scientific Research Center

http://psrcentre.org/gallery.php

 RW|RESEARCHWORLD

RW|ResearchWorld

http://researchworld.org/

 SERSC

Science & Engineering Research Support Society

http://www.sersc.org/conferences/cal.php

 SCIEI

Science and Engineering Institute

http://sciei.org/list-32-1.html

 SCITEVENTS

Science and Technology Events

http://www.scitevents.com/
 SCIRP

Scientific Research Publishing Inc

http://www.scirp.org/Conference/Index.aspx

 SCIHOST

SCIHOST

http://www.scihost.org/

 SELECTBIO

Select Biosciences Ltd.

https://selectbiosciences.com/conferences.aspx

 SDIWC

Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communication

http://sdiwc.net/

 SAISE

South Asia Institute of Science and Engineering

https://www.insticc.org/

 AICIT

The International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology

http://www.aicit.org/about.html

 UAC

Universal Academic Cluster

http://www.universal-conferences.org/
 VISCEA

Vienna International Science Conferences & Events Association

http://viscea.org/

 WASET

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

https://www.waset.org/

 WORLD RESEARCH LIBRARY

World Research Library

http://worldresearchlibrary.org/journal.php

 WSEAS

World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society

http://www.wseas.org/cms.action?id=87

Last updated December 14, 2016