Scholarly Conferences and Palm Trees: Get Academic Credit for Taking a Vacation

Institute of Strategic and International Studies

The academic life.

There are several organizations around the world called Institute of Strategic and International Studies. The one I want to review here is the one run by Dr. Detelin Elenkov of Angelo State University in Texas.

The website for the “Institute” gives no headquarters location, but the signature in Elenkov’s email claims that its “Global Office” is based here:

1717 Atlantic Blvd.
Key West, Florida, 33040 USA

Google Maps shows a house at this address. Is Elenkov the owner of the house?

Detelin Elenkov

Detelin Elenkov

According to its website, the “Institute” will run at least six conferences in 2015, all in popular tourist destinations:

2015 Conferences

Miami Beach, Florida = January 4-6
Key West, Florida = March 15-17
Paris, France = May 18-20
Bangkok, Thailand = July 5-7
Orlando, Florida = August 20-22
Las Vegas, Nevada = October 25-27

Registration for the U.S. conferences costs $350. One can also attend the conferences over the internet. If you want an extra copy of the conference proceedings, it’s $50 for the copy and $25 for the shipping, according to the website.

The “Institute” publishes three broad-scoped journals:

Regarding peer review, the publisher states,

All paper submissions will be double-blind peer-refereed on continual basic [sic] throughout the year, and authors will be notified of the review outcome within 3-5 weeks after the arrival of their submissions.

That’s a fast peer review. The journals are not open-access. They are not toll-access either. It’s almost impossible as far as I can determine to access the journals’ content. I cannot even access the journals’ tables of contents. When I try, I get this:

Institute of Strategic and International Studies 3

No access.

So if you are a really bad writer, or if your research is really poor, this institute’s journals might be a really good place for you to publish. Almost no one will see your work, but you can still get academic credit for publishing it.

And you may get a university-sponsored vacation as well.

Update, 2015-03-04: We have learned that this organization has changed its name. We received a copy of a spam email apparently sent out by the publisher stating this:

Academic Organization for Advancement of Strategic and International Studies® (AcademicOASIS®)
Formerly: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (InstSIS) And
International Academy for Advancement of Business Research™ (IAABR™).

7 Responses to Scholarly Conferences and Palm Trees: Get Academic Credit for Taking a Vacation

  1. .M.any.university.teachers.get.the.degree.irrespective.of..any.real.research….they.make..it.a.merit.for.promotion.and.professorship.title….

  2. tekija says:

    ISIS? Where have I heard this acronym earlier?

  3. Aachenac says:

    One CAN access their contents:
    Journal of Strategic and International Studies: http://tinyurl.com/oay8knw
    Review of Strategic and International Studies: http://tinyurl.com/ky4akbk
    Review of Social Studies, Law and Psychology: http://tinyurl.com/lr7d2hv
    Several of these “articles” even have citations (yes, plural is correct!).

  4. David Sullivan says:

    Everyone! This way to the Bacchus Room!

    http://www.ai-conferences.com/wp/new-orleans-2014/

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