Similarly to predatory journals, some practices emerged to charge researchers for conferences of little to no scientific value. We call these ‘questionable conferences’, which are sometimes referred to as “predatory”. The main aim of these conferences is to make money for the organiser.
Questionable conferences can be difficult to identify as they appear legitimate; with websites often listing a venue, submission process and a board of high-standing academics. Questionable conferences are sometimes organised by the companies behind predatory journals, which means conference papers can be published in these affiliated journals.
Be aware of how questionable conferences can take advantage of academics:
Questionable conferences are at best a waste of time; at worst they can be damaging to the individual’s reputation as well as the institution. There are several ways questionable conferences can have an impact on individuals and institutions:
Waste of time
Waste of money
Damage to individuals’ reputation
Damage to institutions’ reputation
If you are unsure if you are dealing with a legitimate conference, contact the Librarian team for advice.
UQ Conference Checker will help you identify questionable conferences