Sunday, 28 September 2014

University of Minnesota: Would IEEE really sponsor a fake scientific conference?

University of Minnesota in one of its web pages writes:

Would IEEE really sponsor a fake scientific conference? Check it yourself here

Would IEEE really sponsor a fake scientific conference?

University of Minnesota writes:

The email was typical fake-scientific-conference-in-China spam: "we courteously invite you to deliver a Plenary Speech" as a "leading authority" in a field where I have no expertise. I've gotten several of these from "BIT Life Sciences."
This time, though, IEEE, a (formerly?) respectable engineering organization, was listed as a sponsor. I assumed the scam was using IEEE's name without permission, but the "6th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering " is actually listed on the IEEE web site. Apparently, IEEE has been involved in many fake conferences, which have, for example, accepted papers that are computer-generated garbage. Sad.
Not all conferences in China are fake -- I went to one a few years ago that was excellent, and am scheduled to speak at another -- and fake conferences are presumably held in other countries as well. China does seem to be afflicted with more than its share, though. Maybe it's harder to sue there, or something.
UPDATE -- someone left a comment with links to a blog suggesting that IEEE sponsors many fake conferences. Unfortunately, I had to delete the comment, because it linked to a blog attributing my concerns to "The University of Minnesota." The views presented here are my own, and not official positions of the university.


Don't jump to the conclusion so quickly that China seems to be afflicted with more than its share. The "problem" is caused by few people.
BIT Life Sciences is a private company and it is not associated to any scientific organization or research institute in China. It is doing the business! If you don't like it, set up your spam filter to get rid of its e-mails.
I did a quick search of Chinese web pages and found no negative comments with BIT Life Science. Instead, SCIRP is currently at the center of controversy. SCIRP publishes many online-only journals and also organizes conferences (some with IEEE involved!). If you look at its website (, you will find out that it is a company registered in the US. But physically it is located in China. If they publish printed journal articles without registration in China, it would be certainly illegible. However, for online publication, and especially when a foreign company is involved, there are some complexities in term of regulation.

Dr. Zhang,
Thanks for your comments. All of the inappropriate (i.e., random) speaking invitations I've gotten recently have been for meetings in China. But, as you suggest, none of them have been sponsored by Chinese research institutes. So these scams don't reflect badly on legitimate Chinese scientists or their institutions.

I am surprised that so many scientist are obsessed with the number of publications, maybe those organizations took advantage of this to make illegal money!

A conference is an awfully weird thing to fake. Very few people actually pay attention to those!

Yes I don't know how you can fake a conference.

Yes, IEEE sponsors several conferences. Some of them (with tha name and the logo of IEEE in the book) are really fake. These IEEE conferences have published many SCIgen Fake papers!!!

The IEEE did not give the registration back to a disabled person. Read more:

I do not understand what "fake conference" could mean. Papers are submitted, and actually presented. Then there is an hefty amount of money to pay to have the thing published in Xplore.
To me, that is not fake. IEEE is just proven to be a pathetic place that lives on its remaining reputation to get some dough, but this is not a rip-off. At most it is just largely below academic standards.

I do not agree with the previous commentor.
One more example is the IEEE fake conference

They claim that they have:
"Review duration: 15-20 days after submission"
Check it
How can a serious conference with hundred of papers to make review of all these papers within 15 days?
Our conclusion that seems to be the standard for the majority of IEEE is:
The IEEE conferences do not have any review. They work only for money
Google: IEEE fake papers
or IEEE Junk Conferences or IEEE bogus or IEEE scam

Fake IEEE MED conferences:
These conferences are organized by the "Mediterranean Control Association"
However, this "Association" is a Company based in USA by a Greek Professor.
We sent them two papers describing the equipment of our laboratory.
We copied the manual of Inverted Pendulum and we got the acceptance letter after
some days. So, for sure include in your fake conferences list the
Fake IEEE MED conferences

All the IEEE Conferences (organized by IEEE itselfor sponsored or co-sponsored or technically cosponsored by IEEE) are fake, junk, garbage, bogus, scam conferences.
Some of these conferences run only in the 1st or the 1st and 2nd day only and then they close. Obviously they try to save money from their hotel financial obligations.
IEEE, ACM, ASME and SIAM Conferences evaluate only the Abstract of the papers, even for the conferences that they claim evaluation on the full text.
have numerous times accepted and published SCIgen (automatically generated texts). Only for the IEEE, the Central Administration of IEEE found 1100 Conferences with fake, SCIgen papers.
Try yourself googling:
IEEE bogus
ASME bogus
SIAM bogus
ACM bogus
or visit

I participated in many IEEE Conferences in Malaysia and Singapore. I published 8 common papers and I had never received any comment, any remark, any question from IEEE, except sometime in 2011, that I got some minor remark about the format of my paper. These IEEE Conferences in Malaysia and Singapore are of dubious quality and maybe they are good schemes for making money for their organizers. We call them bogus, fake.
Dr Suhaidi Hassan


  1. The IEEE complaints raise a genuine issue: the IEEE makes money by hosting proceedings from some very questionable conferences (in addition to many good ones), and it's reasonable to complain about that

  2. I found this paper in Springer Verlag:
    You can download the full paper from this link:

    As you can check the IEEE Data Base (IEEEXplore) contains at the moment more than 85 crappy papers (coputer generated garbage).

    Before that, IEEE had removed 157 (one hundred and fifty seven — no 1 or 2) conference proceedings from its IEEEXplore repository as fake and bogus. Many people paid the registration fees (700 or 800 USD) to have their papers published in IEEE Xplore. They had published them for a while and then IEEE deleted these fake conferences proceedings.
    Check it:

  3. Im a researcher from Pakistan, I recently got to know about the WASET conferences being a scam, i had submitted my abstract and as predicted got accepted in no time!!!
    Now, i have filed my visa, and its just too late. I have not yet paid for the conference registration fee. I have filed a visa stating I have a conference to attend.

    I would love to hear more from you guys, and do let me know how I can get out of this now. Since, the WASET org is a scam. What should I do now?

  4. I need HELP...from Antonio on down! I too rec'd word that all three of my papers were accepted for "International Nursing Informatics Conference" (ICNI) but due to what they say is a 'registration error' (my bank, Bank of America disagrees) they told me today I am not presenting after all. Naturally, my trip was approved by my university, my flight and hotel arranged THEN I read this line of thoughts after googling WASET. WASET has no real phone number, no email per se, no person's name (real or imagined) that I can find at the meeting site .

    While at the real American Nurse Informatics Conference in Las Vegas recently, one of the key players there (for ANIA) seemed perplexed when I mentioned an international meeting in Amsterdam (my meeting, May 16 17). Said she had an office in Amsterdam and had heard of no such meeting..... The image way above for Artificial Neuro mtg is of course, identical to the images I am used to when logging in to the WASET site where communication is positively blotto/maddening. My charges for the meeting have not gone through, my upset as of this very morning is that it appears after my dreams/hopes of attending and presenting are shattered....and early this morning, I entertained going anyway as an attendee, intending to register for the meeting at the site (in Amsterdam) and 'givin' 'em hell when I get there.

    Should I call the hotel to verify IF there's a meeting? If yes, should I go--I don't want to sanction this behavior if it is, indeed, a scam. What is the conclusion of those in this thread?

    Antonio, I will try to reach you directly.....I will contact ANIA (American Nursing Informatics) at some point but this isn't really their affair, just to warn them. What attracted me to the "meeting" is their repeated mention of getting the paper(s) published, indeed they implied that if I had acceptance of the abstract that the article is/would be accepted...yet I later found it impossible to 'get' the instructions at the site for formatting and submitting. So, I gave up that part settling instead on presenting per se and looking for a home for the publications later, later=now.

    I am schedule to leave Los Angeles May 2-this Friday vacationing in Ireland with family till evening of 15th when I leave Cork Ireland for Amsterdam, anyone?

    I need help-what's "the end" of this story for anyone?

    Dr. Mary Anne Schultz
    Upland, CA

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