Another Taiwan-Based Mega-Scholarly Conference Organizer Emerges

iHOPE Conference

Another conference from a Taiwanese organizer, one of many.

There’s a lot of money to be made in the scholarly-conference organizing business in Asia these days. These are not conferences organized by scholarly societies. Instead, they are conferences organized by revenue-seeking companies that want to exploit researchers’ need to build their vitas with conference presentations and papers in the published proceedings or affiliated journals. Another one of these conference organizers is the generically-named International Academy Institute (IAI).

Here are some of the typical characteristics of the conferences, with examples from IAI:

  • They are broad in coverage and typically combine several fields into one conference (for example, “The 2015 International Hokkaido Forum- Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Education”).
  • They have a fast review process (for example, “Notification of acceptance/rejection Two weeks after submission”).
  • On its website, the International Academy Institute claims to be non-profit, but it gives no registration number.
  • They offer research awards as bait to get people to register (For example, “5-10% of the accepted papers will be selected as Best Papers. The Best Papers list will be announced in the conference program.” From here.).
  • They organize multiple conferences at the same place and time. (For example, on July 22-24, the International Academy Institute will simultaneously be holding four conferences at Waseda University, one of Japan’s top private universities: 1, 2, 3, 4. Professor Hajime Tozaki is listed as the keynote speaker for all four conferences.)

Like one other Taiwan-based travel agency / scholarly conference organizers, this one also funnels its conference papers to predatory journals.

For example, on the “Publications” page of the 2015 International Hokkaido Forum—Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Education, it says this:

All registered manuscripts will be published in the Proceedings of the 2015 International Hokkaido Forum- Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Education. Competitive papers will be recommended for fast-track reviews to the following Journals.

And the two journals are:

Journal of Social Science

Broad-scope journals from a highly-questionable publisher. Note the typo: “Social Science” should be “Social Sciences”.

The two  journals above are:

Journal of Social Sciences (ISSN 1549-3652)
Current Research in Psychology (ISSN 1949-0178)

Both journals are published by the mysterious publisher named Science Publications, which is included on my list of questionable publishers, and Science Publications is known for publishing pseudo-science.

International Journal of Business and Information (IJBI)

See the typo?

The International Academy Institute is a subsidiary of the International Business Academics Consortium (國際商學策進會), and it publishes its own journal, the International Journal of Business and Information (IJBI), but  I cannot find an ISSN for it.

One additional conference organizer I want to examine is called Social Science.

Legitimate scholarly societies are losing ground to the current profusion of questionable, easy-acceptance conferences that are appearing all over the place.

15 Responses to Another Taiwan-Based Mega-Scholarly Conference Organizer Emerges

  1. Frank Lu says:

    The “best paper” award is particularly insidious since academic bean counters do not know (a) it is the best and (b) it is presented in a mediocre conference. Some folks amass a lot of “best” papers that only breeds cynicism in the rest of us.

  2. Keith Fraser says:

    Getting my comment in before (based on past experience) a bunch of mysteriously similar comments are made saying “I went to a conference run by this company in [City X] and it was the most amazing experience of my life!” (insert identical spelling mistakes into each comment). :-P

  3. Derek says:

    I gather from looking at the cv’s of colleagues that running such conferences and giving out best paper awards is a sideline for several predatory publishers on the list. The Clute Institute seems to generates a lot of best paper awards for people attending their conferences.

  4. MC says:

    But if this is fake conference, how will I ever learn about “Japan: Its Tradition and History Rich in the Culture of Monozukuri (making things) – Karakuri Ningyo (mechanical puppets) are Robot Ancestors!” from a reliable source???

  5. WD says:

    Please be cautious and do not attend the conferences organized by either IBAC or IAI. These two organizers charge the fees of up to international level of more than $400 each person, but do not really hold academic conferences (i.e., fake ones). We just attended the conference organized by IAI in Waseda University in Japan this summer, but most things happened in this conference are ridiculous. For example, in the welcome party of the 1st day, there is a very limited hospitality, such as a very small ton of coffee and tea for 300 participants, sitting on very narrow wooden long beaches in a small and crowded room of an old building #1 in Waseda University in Japan.The scheduled time of keynote speaker (i.e., Professor Hajime Tozaki, Business school, Waseda University) is one hour, but is finished less than 30 minutes without any particular reasons. The organizer seems to have a goal of minimizing their costs as low possible like a profit-searching company, and simply cares for taking as many pictures as possible, than for attendees’ needs. The welcome party is finally finished within 30 mins with a horrible ending of taking a group picture. In the 2nd and 3rd days, only a cheap lunch box and a bottled tea – something bought from convenient stores, are offered for each person, along with a very small ton of coffee and tea in each conference room. No dinners are offered throughout conference. The organizer seems to accept all papers to generate maximum revenues – some papers even surprisingly do not have research methodologies, and simply show pictures by introducing tour destinations of their own countries; few people ask questions to raise academic discussions. The participants sometimes are asked to switch to other classrooms without any reasons – something like it is time for student class. The attendees are thus actually treated as punished students without paying tuitions, but most of them are already university teachers, paying more than $400 and spending time preparing papers and scheduling trips with particular expectations for this conference. Therefore, please do not attend the conferences organized by both IBAC and IAI(國際商學策進會)
    As stated, these two orgaizers often use free emails, box address, a doubtable office location, highly questionable business tax numbers, registered in Taiwan, and claim their questionable supported journals from a mysterious publisher. The main organizer, such as the conference chairman, mostly do not appear in the conference but only the working staffs of IBAC(國際商學策進會) and IAI, claiming that they do not know anything. Therefore, please do not attend conferences organized by both IBAC ad IAS.

  6. cak tyk says:

    Please anyone has experience with Knowledge Association of Taiwan? Thank you

  7. Paul the Educator says:

    Is Knowledge Association of Taiwan a legitimate conference organizer? They’re organizing an international conference, here’s the link: 5

    • I haven’t fully analyzed it, but it sure looks fishy to me. Their contact us page is non-transparent and only gives an email address. They seem to be playing to the Japanese market. I recommend you seen out conferences organized by scholarly societies in your field. These commercial conferences are more like vacation packages.

  8. line says:

    Sir, please give me information about conference that was held by cbees (CBEES – Chemical, Biological, & Environmental Engineering), we must send our paper soon, but we are still in doubt.
    Thank you

  9. PaleoGreg says:

    Not defending IAI, but I feel it necessary to point out that many legitimate societies, for example Geological Society of America, tend to limit talks to 15-20 minutes.

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