Jeffrey Beall (USA) (04-12-2012) — WASET is a Predatory Pirate Publisher which organizes fake conferences by illegally using names of famous conferences

Jeffrey Beall (USA) (04-12-2012) —
WASET is a Predatory Pirate Publisher which organizes fake conferences by illegally using names of famous conferences

Beall’s list of predatory publishers 2013

By Jeffrey Beall
Released December 4, 2012

The gold open-access model has given rise to a great many new online publishers. Many of these publishers are corrupt and exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts.

There are two lists below. The first includes questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. Each of these publishers has a portfolio that ranges from just a few to hundreds of individual journal titles.

The second list includes individual journals that do not publish under the platform of any publisher — they are essentially independent, questionable journals.

In both cases, we recommend that researchers, scientists, and academics avoid doing business with these publishers and journals. Scholars should avoid sending article submissions to them, serving on their editorial boards or reviewing papers for them, or advertising in them. Also, tenure and promotion committees should give extra scrutiny to articles published in these journals, for many of them include instances of author misconduct.

There are still many high-quality journals available for scholars to publish in, including many that do not charge author processing fees. An additional option is author self-archiving of articles in discipline-specific and institutional repositories.

The author is grateful to the many colleagues who have shared information about potential predatory publishers. Last year’s list included 23 publishers, and this year’s has over 225, evidence of the rapid growth in the number of predatory journals and publishers. This list will be updated throughout the year at the blog Scholarly Open Access, http://scholarlyoa.com.

The criteria for inclusion in the lists can be found here. The author’s email address is: jeffrey.beall@ucdenver.edu.

A PDF version of this document is available here.

List 1: Predatory Publishers

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List 2: Individual Journals:

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By Jeffrey Beall
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Predatory Publisher Organizes Conference Using Same Name as Legitimate Conference

Avoid at all costs.

The predatory publisher WASET (World Association of Science, Engineering and Technology) is organizing a conference using the exact same name as a legitimate conference on the same topic, a conference sponsored by a small and authentic scholarly society.
o Bogus conference = http://www.waset.org/conference/2014/06/copenhagen/ICEDM
o Legitimate conference = http://educationaldatamining.org/EDM2015/

Both conferences are called International Conference on Educational Data Mining. The legitimate conference is organized by the International Educational Data Mining Society.

The legitimate conference.

The registration fee for the bogus conference is €500, but the registration fee for the legitimate conference is not yet announced.

An email sent by International Educational Data Mining Society president Ryan Baker warns society members about the WASET copycat event.

The email points out that the 2014 bogus educational data mining conference included paper presentations that were way off topic. The email states,

In 2014, this conference included EDM-themed papers such as “Automotive Supply Chain Flexibility” and “Energy Saving Potential with Improved Concrete in Ice Rink Floor Designs.”

It is clear from looking at WASET‘s homepage that it offers dozens of conferences to researchers every year. It regularly holds numerous conferences at the same time in the same city. It easily and routinely accepts papers regardless of whether they match the conference topic, and many are of very low quality.

WASET conferences provide a way for researchers to get university-paid vacations in interesting cities, along with easy acceptance of conference papers and subsequent easy acceptance of journal article submissions.

I strongly recommend that scholars avoid WASET conferences and that they also avoid submitting papers to WASET journals.

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