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Predatory Publishing: Predatory Conferences

This guide was created to help researchers to be aware of predatory publishers.

What are predatory conferences?

Predatory conferences are fake or poorly organised conferences that are promoted as scholarly conferences. However, the conferences have little or no academic merit. The conference organisers make money in form of registration fees. Sometimes, the registrants are informed that the conference has been cancelled but the registration fees are not refunded.

If the conference takes place, it is often sparsely. 


Think.Check.Attend is a checklist that aims to help researchers to distinguish between an authentic conference and a predatory conference.

Think: Is it the right conference to attend and present your research?

Check: This check list provides guidance on trusting a conference to attend and present your research.

Attend: Complete the check list and attend the conference.

Evaluate your conference