Answered By: Reference and Research Desk
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2018     Views: 5

From our Open Access LibGuide

Predatory conferences operate like predatory journals. They often charge high registration fees and focus on profit over scholarly communication. They use spam email tactics to promote their events and may even advertise speakers who have not committed to present at the conference. 

If you are unsure about the credibility of a conference, there are some things you can do:

  • Determine if the conference is hosted by a university, or government or research institution. 

  • Predatory conferences are often advertised as one-time occurrence, rather than an annual event. If it an annual conference, you can check the previous programmes and lists of speakers to help assess the quality or significance of the conference.

  • Determine if there is a peer-review process for submissions, if so, what is the acceptance rate?

  • Often there will also be an opportunity to get your research published in the journal associated with the conference. Check whether the publication is indexed in any of the major databases in your field and examine the quality of research published in previous issues.