Another Predatory Conference Organizer from Asia: Academic Fora

Academic Fora

A low-quality, mega-conference organizer.

For several months, I have been receiving emails and blog comments about a highly questionable conference organizer called Academic Fora. I find Academic Fora a bogus conference organizer selling easy academic credit, and racking up a large profit doing it. I recommend all honest researchers avoid the many conferences sponsored by Academic Fora.

Here’s one of the comments left on my blog:

Now the bogus conferences business running by Academic Fora (http://academicfora.com), which is based in Indonesia and Malaysia. The company organizes conferences like a Saturday and Sunday classes of MBA course for job holders. Every week conference in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, UAE and Turkey. They rent out one room in the hotel, and one person is sitting there to say welcome and charge USD 550 for the certificate of the presentation to empty chairs. If you are not able to reach the conference hotel room, no need to worry, there is a facility available to present through Skype. Your presentation will lesson from the company employ and send you the certificate by post. If you English speaking is not good no need to worry certificate available in USD 550 without doing any thing.

I think the Academic Fora conferences are to conferences what mega-journals are to journals. They combine numerous fields into a single conference, making the conferences larger and attracting more registrants and therefore revenue.

Two mega-conferences in one. A picture of the victims.

Two mega-conferences in one. A picture of the victims.

The picture above shows the attendees at two, joint Academic Fora conferences, the International Conference on Engineering & Technology, Computer, Basic & Applied Sciences (ECBA) and the International Conference on Business, Economics, Social Science & Humanities (BESSH).

The company appears to be based in Malaysia. Its domain name data is mostly blinded, so it’s unclear who’s behind this.

Their website has a section that says, “Following Journals are associated with this conference,” and it lists a bunch of journals, with essentially all of them from predatory publishers on my list.

The non-refundable registration fees range from $300 to $500.

Their conferences are being held in these places: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Dubai, UAE, China, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, Iran, Morocco, Jordan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Japan.

The conferences occur frequently; for example, they have about twenty scheduled so far for Indonesia in 2016.

(Whenever I type “Academic Fora,” Microsoft Word changes it to “Academic For a.”)

Academics in Asia are being bombarded with spam emails from conference organizers such as this one.

State-supported institutions should carefully consider whether they want to fund attendance at conference organizers such as Academic Fora.

In this case, I think no university should fund registration fees or travel and accommodation expenses for Academic Fora conferences or publication in their associated journals.

61 Responses to Another Predatory Conference Organizer from Asia: Academic Fora

  1. Frank Lu says:

    Some of these are held in tourist spots. Colleagues in China said that they are careful to avoid these.

  2. Muhammad Abduh says:

    How about this: http://iastem.org/

  3. Joseph Okello Omwonylee says:

    What about ICME organised in Germany at the University of hamburg? Is

    • Nils says:

      If you mean the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education, as far as I know it is a genuine conference. As the title says, its main focus is not research in Mathematics, but teaching and diffusion of Mathematics.

  4. Reblogged this on Busy Nurse Research and commented:
    More scammers to watch out for.

  5. Moawia says:

    I have found scientific research research publishing was included in predator publisher list. This publisher have journals that seem to be very strong and some of its articles were cited in PubMed. Before few months it was not included in the list. what proof to be included in the list??

    • Please note that PubMed is not a measure of quality. There is much junk in PubMed.
      The publisher Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) is on my list. I stand by this listing. It is a dangerous publisher.

      • M. LaRocco says:

        I cannot overstate the valuable service that Jeffrey Beall provides to scientists regarding predatory journals and (now) conferences. But we as scientists have to take some responsibility for allowing this scam industry to take root. Whether out of academic desperation or professional vanity please stop allowing these hucksters to take advantage of our profession. I get at least 20 emails a week inviting me to publish or participate in some pseudoscientific endeavor. Most go to my junk mail folder and the rest are so riddled with specious content as to throw up a dozen red flags. All of us should be well grounded in scientific organizations specific to our discipline and recognized by our peers. Steer clear of any others.

  6. herr doktor bimler says:

    Their website has a section that says, “Following Journals are associated with this conference,” and it lists a bunch of journals, with essentially all of them from predatory publishers on my list.

    I wondered whether the same scammers are behind the junk-journals as well as the conferences. The “Research Journal of Applied Sciences”, “Research Journal of Biological Sciences”, “International Journal of Soft Computing” and “Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances” come from the spavined stable of Medwell Journals
    But the “Middle Eastern Journal of Scientific Research” lacks a website or evidence that it ever published anything (it only seems to exist in the CVs and self-citations of people who’ve gone to previous conferences, and paid the extra charge to be told that their presentation was published).
    The “International Journal of System Signal Control and Engineering Applications” is in a similar state of non-existence.

    Upon further inquiry, a similar list of “publications” turns up in at a number of other predatory conferences. I jumped to the conclusion that they’re all sockpuppets, but perhaps they are just stealing lists from other scammers:
    http://www.ircconferences.com/news/mou-with-research-journals.html
    http://eurasiaconferences.com/presentation/user/CProceedings.aspx
    http://web.archive.org/web/20160206050752/http://www.academyconf.com/news/proceedings-and-publication.html

    Some ring of conference-organising grifters calling themselves “Global Illuminators” advertise their monthly scams with a slightly different list:
    http://globalilluminators.org/conferences/mtar2016-bangkok-thailand/mtar-journal-publication-process/

    A lot of this activity seems to be coming out of Pakistan, where organising mockademic conferences is well on the way to becoming the #1 industry.

    But then there is “Scientific Group” aka http://www.scihost.org, who purport to be Malaysian, and maintain a list of 84 journals in which the proceedings of their weekly conferences might see publication:
    http://www.scihost.org/?ic=contents&id=9
    ———————————————–
    Anyway, I liked this part of the Academic-foramifera promise:

    All papers not selected for publication in above Scopus and ISI journals will be published free of cost In Google Scholar Indexed Journals with ISSN and these journals are in other reputable authorities as well.

    Google Scholar Index! How much more reputable could these unnamed journals be?

    Important Note : All Authors are acknowledged that we have journals associated with the conferences held which charge publication fee. Should any submitted paper is/are accepted by the above journals, the author(s) of the paper selected is/are required to pay for the publication fee. Author(s) will enjoy free publication if the author(s) of the accepted paper is not required to pay for publication fee.

    These prestigious journals in which your presentation will be published for free may charge their own fees. Unless of course they don’t, in which case publication is free.”

    • J_C says:

      Eh, you always beat me to some of the good stuff.

      I was interested in their conference associated journals and why these particular venues were chosen. All of the journals, except for the Middle Eastern Journal of Scientific Research, belong to MedWelljournals.com. The director of medwelljournal publications is Muhammad Sohail. I would guess that the publisher is based in Pakistan, specifically Faisalabad. The site is registered to someone by the name of Muhammad Sarwar. He notes his affiliation as being with ‘ANSI’, but I’m currently uncertain what this could refer to.

      As for the Middle Eastern Journal of Scientific Research, this journal belongs to the International Digital Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI). Their site is registered to a Muhammad Zeeshan of Faisalabad, Pakistan. He is also listed as a managing editor at the publication. This publisher was one of many caught in a sting by Science Magazine a while back, so there’s an invoice available for view from one of their publications. According to the invoice, the publication fee was to be directed to a Ayesha Majeed in Faisalabad, Pakistan:

      http://scicomm.scimagdev.org/data/journals/272/11/Invoice%207444-GJP.pdf

      While searching around, I came across an old Facebook comment written by Academic Fora that listed a couple of other journals not included on their website:

      https://m.facebook.com/academicfora/posts/1040670592619101

      One of these journals was the Asian Economic and Financial Review. This journal can be viewed on the Asian Economic and Social Society website:

      http://www.aessweb.com/journals/5002/info/eb

      The bottom of the aim and scope section lists several contact emails for the journal, one of which is editor@pakinsight.com. Pakinsight.com is another journal site where the Asian and Financial Review can be found (same editors and whatnot.)

      http://www.pakinsight.com/journal/3/editorial-board.html

      Aessweb.com is registered to a Kashif Imran of Pakistan.

      Aessweb.com and Pakinsight.com also claim that they have a conference hosting partner called Scientific Group (schist.org). Scientific Group only runs a handful of conferences, but, as mentioned they do have a somewhat familiar list of conference associated journals:

      http://www.scihost.org/?ic=contents&id=12

      The first half of the list (the part w/o hyperlinks) primarily belong to Medwelljournals. The 2nd half of the list primarily belongs to Pakinsight journals.

      Pakinsight has their own separate conference hosting site as well. It has been deemed the Pak Research and Development Wing (pakrdw.com).

      Another something I found interesting was the similarity of payment instructions between the sites. For instance:

      —Academic Fora—

      “You may pay the conference registration fee by credit card, 2checkout, bank transfer, and Western Union. If you have any questions regarding payment, please do not hesitate to contact us at”

      “You may pay the conference registration fee by credit card, 2checkout, bank transfer, and Western Union. If you have any questions regarding payment, please do not hesitate to contact us at: contact@academicfora.com or e-mail address of concerned conference.

      Please contact our conference secretariat for payment by bank transfer, and Western Union.”

      “Credit Card and 2 checkout
      If you have a credit card or 2checkout account, we strongly encourage you to pay the fee through 2checkout. 2checkout enables users, whether or not they are 2checkout members, to use all major credit cards, including Visa,Master card, American Express, and Discover. 2checkout is fast, and secure.”

      “Privacy Policy

      The Academic Fora will protect your personal information. Your personal information received will only be used to fill your order. We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.”

      http://academicfora.com/payment/

      —Aessweb—

      “You may pay the publication fee by credit card, 2checkout, bank transfer, and Western Union. If you have any questions regarding payment, please do not hesitate to contact us. editor@aessweb.com.

      Please contact to editorial office by bank transfer, and Western Union.”

      “Credit Card and 2checkout

      If you have a credit card or 2checkout account, we strongly encourage you to pay the fee through 2checkout. 2checkout enables users, whether or not they are 2checkout members, to use all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. 2checkout is fast, and secure.”

      http://www.aessweb.com/Pay/

      —Pak Publishing—

      “You may pay the publication fee by credit card, 2checkout, bank transfer, and Western Union. If you have any questions regarding payment, please do not hesitate to contact us. editor@aessweb.com; editor@pakinsight.com

      Please contact to editorial office by bank transfer, and Western Union.”

      “Credit Card and 2checkout
      If you have a credit card or 2checkout account, we strongly encourage you to pay the fee through 2checkout. 2checkout enables users, whether or not they are 2checkout members, to use all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. 2checkout is fast, and secure.”

      “Privacy Policy
      The PPG will protect your personal information. Your personal information received will only be used to fill your order. We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.”

      http://www.pakinsight.com/pay-publication-fees.html

      Finally, if I had to take a guess, I’d wager that ‘fora’ is mistranslation of ‘forum’.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        I’d wager that ‘fora’ is mistranslation of ‘forum’.
        Or an ultra-pedant’s idea of the plural.

      • shirley ainsworth says:

        ‘He notes his affiliation as being with ‘ANSI’, but I’m currently uncertain what this could refer to…’
        I should imagine that this is Ansinet Asian Network for Scientific Information http://www.ansinet.com/journals.php which appears to maintain a close relationship with Science Alert,http://scialert.net/journals.php both on Beall’s list and I understand from Pakistan. Most, if not all the Ansi journals are also on the Science Alert site.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        medwelljournal publications is Muhammad Sohail. I would guess that the publisher is based in Pakistan, specifically Faisalabad. The site is registered to someone by the name of Muhammad Sarwar. He notes his affiliation as being with ‘ANSI’, but I’m currently uncertain what this could refer to.

        Muhammad Sarwar is a well-connected person, well-networked, with many activities and affiliations. ANSI is his “Asian Network for Scientific Information’:
        http://publicationethics.org/taxonomy/term/628

        — which grew into the whole Science Alert empire of predatory journals (scialert.net), registered to sarwarm@ansimail.org. He has also used that e-address to stake out any number of other domains, including academicjournalsinc.com — Academic Journals is a familiar publisher around here — and “medwelljournals.net”.

        But he seems to have started out using the e-address ‘insightknow@gmail.com’. It was used to register “medwelljournals.com” and “academicjournals.net” (which redirects to academicjournalsinc.com); also “insightscimag.com”, “knowledgiascientific.com” and the ambitiously-titled and completely non-identity-stealing “sciencereuters.com”, but those are either moribund or were never built on.

        As “sarwarm@hotmail.com”, he runs medwellpublishing.com, “asiancouncilofeditors.com”, “asiancouncilofeditors.net”and “theasce.com”. Which is to say ACSE, the Asian Council of Science Editors, in which august self-serving organisation Muhammad Sarwar is Treasurer and Secretary. Well, he knows about publishing, and he certainly knows about money.

        ASCE Directors include Elizabeth Wager, late of COPE, and Sarwar is evidently an unimpeachable beacon of moral integrity, as COPE have accepted his journals and his ACSE as affiliates. I guess they have a policy of inclusiveness.

        There is also scione.org a.k.a. “www.thescienceone.com” a.k.a. SACO a.k.a. Science Alert [Conferences Organizing] — which is Sarwar’s direct venture into the “event organising” rort. But he seems to sufficiently prominent in the mockademic-journal industry to explain why other players in the field send some business his way from their own conferences.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        Middle Eastern Journal of Scientific Research, this journal belongs to the International Digital Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI). Their site is registered to a Muhammad Zeeshan of Faisalabad, Pakistan. He is also listed as a managing editor at the publication.

        So it is a real website! I am impressed!
        Speaking of Zeeshan , his IDOSI turns up as a partner of “agrresearch.org/”, the “Academy of Global Research” —

        an international Institute of Social and Natural Sciences. It was founded in 2006 as an independent non-profit institution to provide worldwide research services in the fields of social and natural sciences.

        …which is to say, another money-extracting conference-generating machine.

        IDOSI is an outstanding organization; it is being `run by a team of highly professionals from all corners of the world (more than 1000 editors).

        … IDOSI journals include the “International Journal of Nuts and Related Sciences”. Yay!
        ——————————–
        Anyway, Agrresearch leads us to Farooq Anwar Bajwa (farooqanwar79@gmail.com) of Lahore PK. He previously put out a “Journal of Management Science” at jmsciences.com, though he didn’t bother renewing the domain so it only exists in Google Cache now (bad luck for the paying contributors).

        His other activities include
        — the “International Organization for Research and Development (IORD)” at IOrd.net, evidently an umbrella organisation packaging his businesses as an NGO, but again the domain expired;

        — “academicconferences.org”, which only exists now in fragmentary form at the Wayback machine;

        and “eurasiaconferences.com”, noted earlier for using the same Medwell / IDOSI list of affiliated journals.

        But to tie it all together, Farooq Anwar Bajwa is a regular deliverer of Welcome Addresses at meetings of the “International Research Conference on Business, Economics and Social Sciences”. Rather confusingly, each year’s IRCBES is held on multiple occasions, at roughly two-week intervals at different Asian locations; and to increase the market for these IRC meetings, they are also branded and sold as “Global Research Conferences” and “Academy of Business Management Conferences”:
        http://www.ircconferences.com/
        http://grcconferences.org/
        http://www.abmconferences.com/index.php

        Anyway, they’re held under the auspices of and with the imprimatur of the IORD, or would be, if Farooq had renewed the domain to keep that organisation in existence. Again, they hold out the promise of publication through the familiar assortment of Medwell / IDOSI ‘journals’:
        http://www.ircconferences.com/news/mou-with-research-journals.html

        The registration of these sites continues the Pakistan theme, though through different names. “www.ircconferences.com” is a branch of “academyconf.com” (although there is not a lot happening at the latter, which is soliciting contributions for a conference in 2014), with both being the work of Khalid Chaudhry (khalid.chauhdry@gmail.com), of Multan.
        After that I got bored.

      • L_C says:

        Hmm, Sawar is a busy man. The ansinet IP address, 209.238.2.121, has 17 domains attached to it. A whole host of journal and science related sites registered to Muhammad Sarwar.

        http://bgp.he.net/ip/209.238.2.121#_dns

        What caught my eye was Sarwar’s theacecollege.com. The site is home to the Ace College for Women (established 2010). Their main campus is located at 310-Lasani Town, Sargodha Road, Faisalabad, Pakistan, the same address given by ANSI. Apparently, there’s also an Ace School System for younger children ranging from pre-school to pre-college. The registry data is blocked, but if you go back through the history, the site is noted as belonging to Sarwar, similar to Ace College:

        http://aceschoolsystem.net/about.php
        http://www.domainhistory.net/aceschoolsystem.net http://www.domainhistory.net/theacecollege.com

        I suppose you’re not a real player until you’re involved with the creation of a college.

        The Ace School System has its own short Wikipedia page. According to their blurb, the school system is working under GM College Faisalabad & found at the same location as Ace (basically next door to the Ace school location).

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_School_System

        According to GM College’s wikipedia page, they are a semi-private school that was established in 2010.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_College_Faisalabad

        Their website is gmc.edu.pk. Surprisingly, I was able to search for their IP and registry data (.edu.pk sites aren’t always easy to find info on) and found that their IP hosts 10 different sites.

        http://bgp.he.net/ip/173.254.13.22#_dns

        The other sites were fairly in line with what I expected. They included: scipub.us, scipubonline.com, sciencepublications.org, thescipub.net, and scholarsconvention.com (perhaps this was an early (and abandoned) attempt at conference hosting). I was unable to gain access to any records for one particular site, gmcpress.com, although I want to guess that the college attempted to open their own journal/press business.

        In regards to the GM College site, they have a message from the chairman on the site. There is something odd about his photo. If you hold your cursor over the image, a description reading “Take the video tour on the ZOO!” pops up. It doesn’t link to an actual site. When I typed the link into google, my browser attempted to download what I’m guessing is a flash video for some kind of content application builder. Then, I read GM’s mission statement and it became obvious that their site was hijacked (an .edu site should really have better security), or else they have a very interesting mission. Please don’t click on any of those links, unless viruses are your thing–I actually cut off parts of the links, so they shouldn’t be clickable:

        “Our mission is to develop the spirit of innovation and enthusiasm. Prepare the students according to industrial capability and future growth to match the international webcams tulsa business scenario. Enhance their skills by providing them the unique learning techniques by http villabianca./kp-church-activities-singles/ professionals, continuous research http solutionblue/newcastle-sex-chat-rooms-tbij/ and perpetual improvements of educational system. We believe in http combslawgroup./singles-movie-seattle-bjzt/ the philosophy of learn to change, offer career preparation to promote the lifelong learning which http sedonahandgallery/how-does-porn-addiction-affect-dating-on/ fundamentally transform their http efficom/n6-dating-advice-men/ academic experience into intellectual professionals and dana darie dating make them better prepared not only for college but for life.”

        http://gmc.edu.pk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97&Itemid=232

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        Then, I read GM’s mission statement and it became obvious that their site was hijacked (an .edu site should really have better security), or else they have a very interesting mission.

        Oh my! Their front page presents an interesting curriculum!
        —————————————————–
        Introduction to GMC

        Ghulam dating gold artifacts Muhammad College (GMC) welcomes the student who is keen to become professional and confident to think positive for individual and community benefits. We believe in continuous development of systems, educational improvement and empowerment of the students and society.

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        The College is a private institution and has an extensive network of contacts in international educational organizations and professional circles. The construction of modern buildings has facilities such as 24 multi-media classrooms http://firepitproductions.com/live-web-cams-in-space (audio-visual, computer), 3 modern computer labs, library, personal lockers facility to meet international business scenario needs and keep continuous developments in teaching methodology.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        This publisher [IDOSI] was one of many caught in a sting by Science Magazine a while back, so there’s an invoice available for view from one of their publications.

        I enjoyed this part of the correspondence, where the main request made of the bogus manuscript in the IDOSI review was

        Inserting some citations [at least 5-10
        references] from IDOSI Journals (if available)will
        accelerate the publication process.

        Anyway, this provides a pretext to go back to Farooq Anwar Bajwa, of the Agrresearch conference grift, who you will recall boasts of his partnership with IDOSI. Also of his partnership with “jmsciences” (which is defunct), with IOrd, the “International Organization for Research and Development” (also defunct),* and with AST, the “Academy of Science and Technology” — which is another of Farooq’s sockpuppets, though it never had a website.**

        But wait, IOrd does have a logo —

        — though for unaccountable reasons, this appears to be filched from the logo of a temporary-tattoo manufacturer in Tucson —

        And AST also has a logo —

        — which surely makes up for its non-existence otherwise.

        We learn from his Keynote Speech to various meetings, as Head of Organising Committee, that Dr / Professor F. A. Bajwa [his title varies within the same document] is at Imperial University.*** Which is to say, the Imperial College of Business Studies.

        He can also boast of actual managerial experience, at a Fort Restaurant and a Sizzlers Grill.
        https://pk.linkedin.com/in/farooq-anwar-bajwa-82950a43
        https://www.facebook.com/bajwa.33
        —————————————–
        * International Organization for Research and Development (IORD) is an organization aims to provide a platform to innovative academicians and researchers around the globe for last 25 years. The organization also encourages research activities by organizing research training workshops, conferences and publishing high quality research manuscripts in reputable international journals across globe.International Organization for Research and Development (IORD) operates as an umbrella organization, promoting co-ordination and teamwork among researchers and academicians in terms of the expertise of participants around the world.

        ** “The Academy of Science and Technology (AST) was created in 1986 to recognize outstanding achievements in science and technology and to serve as a reservoir of competent scientific and technological manpower across globe.Current membership is 345 academicians from across world, grouped into the following divisions: Business and Management, Finance, Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences, Computer studies, Engineering Sciences and Technology, Health Sciences and Social Sciences.”

        *** http://www.agrresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/FCEG-2015.pdf

        I cannot bring myself to quote from Farooq’s self-aggrandising description of his capabilities and accomplishments; the grandiosity just becomes embarrassing.

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      • herr doktor bimler says:

        I suppose you’re not a real player until you’re involved with the creation of a college.

        Sure enough, the AESS / PakPublishing / PakInsight crowd have started their own education stream too!

        http://paklearner.edu.pk/

        So far it is limited to a single school, and the webpages detailing the “Management” and “Facilities” and “Safety” are still blank, but the aspirations are all there.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        Still on the subject of F.A. Bajwa… people seem to have taken fright in the last few days, for his LinkedIn and Facebook pages have fled from the scene. And all the Conference Proceedings previously available from agrresearch in the form of PDFs — e.g. for the International Conference on Financial Challenges & Economic Growth (Paris, 29-30 December, 2015) — they too were evanescent, and now they are gone, except in Google Cache.
        Soon this comment thread will be the only place left when anyone searches for “Farooq Anwar Bajwa”.

        So I will quote his self-penned encomium after all — introducing him as Keynote Speaker at the ICFCEG (and head of the Organizing Committee, there is no end to his activity) —

        “Professor F.A. Bajwa is Dean of Research at Imperial University, Pk. He is regarded as a leading international researcher and known consultant of financial issues in academia. His contribution for promotion of research excellence and work on handling of financial challenges are recognized at international level. Prof. Bajwa has been in leading positions formerly across many countries including Malaysia, Thailand, and UAE and have been involved in research and development activities with various other global level institutions. He is among the main advisors of Academy of Global Research. His research contributions are wider and impactful for the scholars and researchers in the multidisciplinary fields. He is among the top advocates of promoting multidisciplinary research and practice for better service of humanity. He is on the advisory boards of several countries for development of psychological empowerment, organizational mistreatment and innovation infrastructure to help in growth of knowledge based economies. His 20 years of rich academic and research experience along with visionary leadership for innovation and excellence makes him an ideal scholar to share his thoughts regarding financial and management challenges in fields of business practices and research.”
        ——————————————————–
        Readers might also enjoy the introduction to Dr. McMahon Edward, who was Keynote Speaker and Conference Co-Chair at the Global Conference on Multidisciplinary Academic Research in Business Psychology (Manila, 11-12 August, 2013) — another Agrresearch.org conference, with Proceedings that were recently erased —

        “Dr. McMahon is professor of economics and strategic management research at Flinders University Australia. Dr. McMahon initially attained the bachelor degree from Australia. Subsequently, he obtained his degrees on Master (MPH) and Doctoral (DrPH) from Flinders University Australia. He also attained MFOM from Ireland. He was then inducted to the department of management sciences Flinders University Australia. He also acquired Fellowship (FAGE) and economic certification from Harvard Business School. In 2008, in recognition of his services, he was conferred the Excellence Service Award by the ministry of Australia.

        “He also attained the Best Session Presentation Award from the International Conference on Global Trends in Academic Research 2008 and International Conference on Innovation Challenges in Multidisciplinary Research & Practice 2013. He had also chaired sessions in the International Conferences. He has affiliations to various organizations.

        “During his earlier stint, he served at various governments educational institutions. He previously held office as the Director of Finance Committee (ministry of finance Australia), member government audit wing, advisor to minister of finance and commerce and edition of various financial and economic international research journals.”

        Given his many virtues and accomplishments, it seems a pity that Dr McCahon Edward only exists on the Editorial Board of AGR.
        http://web.archive.org/web/20151021090909/http://agrconferences.com/about-us/agr-editorial/

        In fact all of the quaint and entertaining names that populate the Editorial Board appear to be the products of F.A. Bajwa’s productive imagination. I can only suppose that his work at the Imperial College of Business Studies leaves him with a lot of spare time.

  7. Manfred Raida says:

    I just looked at the conference in Singapore and found out that the 2 days conference is only 1 day, the second day free for touristic activities and shopping. And they have many conferences here, never heard about them, good hotel. For the May 11-12 2016 conference no names no titles of presentations – I think this is just a joke. Maybe someone should go there into the hotel and have a look at it.
    If not this one the following 9 ones, every two weeks one until September. I start to warn people around me, but have seen even recognized names in -omics conferences, hopefully they know what they are doing, and -omics has changed the name, instead of -omics on top of the page there is now conferenceseries.com, -omics only appears at the end

  8. tos says:

    Carper others excel, Your life is what bugs tell me? I had been participate with academic fora. What would you take with you.
    Organizations, academic work Did nothing wrong are you ok ??

  9. Marcos Vinícius says:

    Hi, Jeffrey.

    Would you please take a look at this conference? http://www.copec.eu/shewc2016/eng/index.asp

    Do you think this could be yet another predatory event? It has a very wide range of subjects (it is called “Safety, Health and Environment World Congress”), and it will occur here in Brazil at Salvador, a very well known turistic city.

    Thanks in advance!

    Marcos

  10. Naveed Alam says:

    I have been to their conference of Academic Fora and found at par with other conferences in terms of academic value and research contribution. All of you have you own point of view I respect your opinion, however in my opinion there is nothing wrong with them as long as conference is concerned. Organising in multiple cities and countries is not a crime in any academic code of ethics. Cheers

  11. yu says:

    Mr beall please check these conference

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Conferences

    2016 May

    ICAMEST 2016: International Conference on Advanced Mechanical Enginnering and Spacecraft Technologies, London (May 23-24, 2016)
    ICASD 2016: International Conference on Aerodynamics and Spacecraft Designs, Montreal (May 16-17, 2016)
    ICA 2016: International Conference on Aeromechanics, Istanbul (May 19-20, 2016)
    ICAAE 2016: International Conference on Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Tokyo (May 26-27, 2016)
    ICAS 2016: International Conference on Aeronautical Sciences, Berlin (May 19-20, 2016)
    ICAAE 2016: International Conference on Aerospace and Aviation Engineering, Paris (May 16-17, 2016)
    ICAMSE 2016: International Conference on Aerospace and Mechanical Systems Engineering, Dubai (May 08-09, 2016)
    ICAS 2016: International Conference on Aerospace and Spacecraft, Amsterdam (May 12-13, 2016)
    ICADOT 2016: International Conference on Aerospace Design and Optimization Technologies, Amsterdam (May 12-13, 2016)
    ICADT 2016: International Conference on Aerospace Dynamics and Technologies, Istanbul (May 19-20, 2016)
    ICAEM 2016: International Conference on Aerospace Engineering and Management, Dubai (May 08-09, 2016)
    ICAMAME 2016: International Conference on Aerospace, Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, London (May 23-24, 2016)
    ICAPES 2016: International Conference on Aerospace, Propulsion and Energy Sciences, Dubai (May 08-09, 2016)
    ICAES 2016: International Conference on Aircraft Energy Systems, Montreal (May 16-17, 2016)
    ICAAA 2016: International Conference on Applied Aerodynamics and Aeromechanics, Amsterdam (May 12-13, 2016)
    ICAM 2016: International Conference on Applied Mechanics, Amsterdam (May 12-13, 2016)
    ICAMMSE 2016: International Conference on Applied Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering, Amsterdam (May 12-13, 2016)
    ICATIO 2016: International Conference on Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations, Tokyo (May 26-27, 2016)
    ICCAA 2016: International Conference on Computational Aerodynamics and Aeromechanics, Berlin (May 19-20, 2016)
    ICEMA 2016: International Conference on Experimental Mechanics and Applications, Paris (May 16-17, 2016)
    ICFTAE 2016: International Conference on Flight Test and Aviation Engineering, Amsterdam (May 12-13, 2016)
    ICFMHS 2016: International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Systems, London (May 23-24, 2016)
    ICFMPCA 2016: International Conference on Fracture Mechanics, Polymers, Composites and Adhesives, Paris (May 16-17, 2016)
    ICGTEP 2016: International Conference on Gas Turbines, Energy and Power, Berlin (May 19-20, 2016)
    ICIADT 2016: International Conference on Innovative Aerospace Dynamics and Technologies, Montreal (May 16-17, 2016)
    ICSLV 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock and Veterinary, Berlin (Sep 12-13, 2016)
    ICSLPHM 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production and Herd Management, Zurich (Sep 15-16, 2016)
    ICSLPM 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production and Management, Madrid (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICSLPNS 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production and Nutritional Strategies, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICSLPZD 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production and Zoonotic Diseases, Berlin (Sep 12-13, 2016)
    ICSLPS 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production Strategies, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICSLPSZD 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production Strategies and Zoonotic Diseases, Berlin (Sep 12-13, 2016)
    ICSLPS 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production Systems, Madrid (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICSLPSAFR 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production Systems and Animal Feed Resources, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICSLPSNS 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Livestock Production Systems and Nutritional Strategies, Madrid (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVBS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary and Breeding Strategies, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICVDCT 2016: International Conference on Veterinary and Dairy Cattle Technology, Zurich (Sep 15-16, 2016)
    ICVCLM 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Care and Livestock Management, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVCWA 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Care and Wild Animals, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICAVCAMB 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Care, Animal Mating and Breeding, Berlin (Sep 12-13, 2016)
    ICVEBS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Education and Breeding Strategies, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICVEHMS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Education and Herd Management Strategies, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVESBS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Extension Services and Breeding Strategies, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICVESHM 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Extension Services and Herd Management, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVIAFR 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Institutes and Animal Feed Resources, Berlin (Sep 12-13, 2016)
    ICVIBS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Institutes and Breeding Strategies, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICVIHM 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Institutes and Herd Management, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVMAB 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biotechnology, Madrid (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVMLH 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Medicine and Livestock Health, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVMLM 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Medicine and Livestock Management, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICVMLP 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Medicine and Livestock Production, Berlin (Sep 12-13, 2016)
    ICVMZD 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Medicine and Zoonotic Diseases, Singapore (Sep 08-09, 2016)
    ICVSBS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Science and Breeding Strategies, Tokyo (Sep 05-06, 2016)
    ICVSM 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Science and Medicine, Zurich (Sep 15-16, 2016)
    ICVSDCT 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Sciences and Dairy Cattle Technology, Zurich (Sep 15-16, 2016)
    ICVSIDCT 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Sciences and Innovative Dairy Cattle Technology, Zurich (Sep 15-16, 2016)
    ICVSLPS 2016: International Conference on Veterinary Sciences and Livestock Production Systems, Los Angeles (Sep 22-23, 2016)
    ICZCAB 2016: International Conference on Zoology and Companion Animal Behaviors, Madrid (Sep 08-09, 2016)

    Many others : https://www.waset.org/Conference

    • I think that WASET, the World “Academy” of Science, Engineering and Technology is fake, dangerous, and unprofessional. I strongly recommend that researchers not attend their many conferences or submit to their journals.

    • Fei says:

      You really can’t tell that this is all fake? Just by the fact that all the acronyms start with the letter I should tell you that it is predatory.

      Usually, there are only a handful of reputable conferences held each year in each particular subfield. Some of these conferences are held every two or three years and have a long history to them. Your advisor should be able to name some of them off the top of his head if he is really into “science”.

      If you really cannot judge whether a conference is fake or not, look at the invited speakers, are there only 3? If there are at least 10 of them, then search for some of the papers they have published, are they in reputable and/or non-predatory journals? If it appears legit, then contact some of these speakers and verify if they are indeed attending this conference. Many of these fake conferences will just use an unsuspecting professor’s picture and profile and post it on their website. In the end, what can you do? Issue a seize and desist letter to them?

      Do your own research before asking others to do the work for you. Use the brain you were given to assess a situation by the information you have in front of you instead of just blindly believing everything the media says.

  12. RILA says:

    Dear,
    Please tell me about INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ICMABE 2016).

    Thanks

  13. wiedz says:

    Mr beall please check these conference

    ICBSSS 2016
    ICBMR 2016

    Thanks

  14. wiedz says:

    Mr. Jeffrey,

    What are about 5th ICBSSS in Thailand url : http://www.pakrdw.com and 10th ICMBR 2016 in Lombok Indonesia url : icmbr.org ?

    Thank you

  15. herr doktor bimler says:

    Commenter “Suchi” observed in an earlier thread (a month ago) that all the Abstracts bumf from Academic Fora have an standardised ‘boiler-plate’ Introduction from the Organisers — finishing

    Let’s contribute even a little or single step for betterment of society and welfare of humanity to bring prosperity, peace and harmony in this world. Stay blessed.

    — and often purportedly delivered by a Dr Silvia C. Ambag.

    It turns out that the Global Illuminators like the same boiler-plate Introduction too. Here, for instance, it is delivered by Farooq Ahmed Jam, their executive director:
    http://globalilluminators.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/abstract-proceeding-book-ITMAR-2014.pdf

    Which is not to say that the Global Illuminators disdain Dr Ambag, and she turns up as an organiser of their meetings as well. In this case and that of Academic Fora, it may be the real Dr Ambag (who is on the faculty of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and has a real career teaching education), or more likely they are both using her name. Another P.U.P. faculty member is Rovelina Bucao-Jacolbia, whose name has also been coopted.

    Anyway, versions of the same address have been delivered by A.R Bilal (in 2015) and a “Dr McMahon Edward” (in 2013), to AGRresearch scamferences.

    In further convergence, a Tahir Masood Qureshi is supposedly on the Scientific Review Committees of Global Illuminators and AGRresearch. So is “Mej Mohd Noor Azli bin Hj. Ali Khan”.
    I am not saying that the same people are behind all of these con-jobs… But they all read one another’s work, and borrow the best bits.

    • Mo says:

      Please check these conferences and journals
      International Conference for Bankers and Academics 2016
      In Partnership with Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management, Dhaka, Bangladesh, The Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, USA
      https://www.aabss.org.au/

  16. herr doktor bimler says:

    This paper might provide some useful context to the burgeoning fake-conference industry:
    “Big Five Personality and Perceived Customer Relationship Management”
    http://faculty.mu.edu.sa/public/uploads/1361951379.4975customer%20relationship37.pdf

    It was published in the “Research Journal of Internatıonal Studıes” , which fell off the internet a few years ago when its predatory publisher “EuroJournals” pulled a bait-and-switch on the fee-paying authors.

    The relevance is in the list of authors. The last author being Farooq Ahmed Jam, a management-studies lecturer at the University of Central Punjab, and also Executive Director of “Global Illuminators”.*

    The third author (Muhammad Ahmed Ur Rehman) used his e-mail address to register the domain “agrconferences.com”, a sister domain / site of the inventively fraudulent “AGRresearch.org”.

    First author is Inam Ul Haq (now also at the UCP), who is Conference Convener for the International Research Conference circus, a branch or affiliate of AGRresearch. He and Farooq Anwar (a recurring name in the AGR scam) were flying around on the EurasianConferences account, in January
    http://eurasiaconferences.com/documents/1ticket%201.pdf

    (confusingly, the tickets use Ul Haq’s e-mail address but they are in the name of Muhammad Umer Azeem, another frequent co-author).

    So Global Illuminators and the whole AGRresearch snakepit are closely linked, at least. I’m beginning to wonder if there’s anyone at the UCP Faculty of Management Studies who *isn’t* involved in one or another of these circuses.
    —————————————————-
    * Farooq Jam can be found here asking for a free laptop because he totally deserves one.

  17. Dear ” herr doktor bimler” I am here Farooq Jam Executive Director of Global Illuminators and I have a moral courage to own my organisation and my activity of research and development. I am proud of my work and I invite you to attend our conference if you have a moral courage to come on front. Not just throwing shit on others with fake IDs in blogs can make you grow bigger until you grow yourself at moral grounds. I am not concerned with what others are doing but If you have some issue with me or my organisation I welcome you to join any of our event and discuss with me personally. My contact detail is mentioned on my website.

  18. Zie says:

    Mr. Jeffrey,

    What about International Business Academics Consortium (iBAC) as conference organizer of ICEFB 2016 ? http://ibac-conference.org/ibac http://science-techs.org/icefb

  19. Thanks for this post, I was about to register in one of their conferences

  20. Florence Craye says:

    Here’s another predatory conference organizer: http://scientificfederation.com/index.php

  21. Ratiwan Watanasin says:

    It is definitely a predatory organizer.
    ratiwan

  22. Philip says:

    Good day! May i ask if International research conference on business, economics and social sciences is a predatory conference?

  23. jason arsua orozco says:

    how about IAFOR conferences?

  24. Is this a predatory conference organizer?:

    _____________________________________

    Distinguished Speaker opportunity at Bioscience 2016 Berlin, Germany
    Bioscience 2016 Today at 16:40
    To
    xxx@xxx
    Message body
    Conference Series LLC
    Bioscience 2016
    Annual conference on Bioscience
    September 12-13, 2016| Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade| Berlin,Germany

    Dear Dr.Alice Burridge,
    Greetings from Bioscience 2016!!
    On behalf of our Organizing Committee, I take immense pleasure to invite you as a Speaker to attend the “Annual Conference on Bioscience 2016” scheduled on September 12-13, 2016 at Berlin, Germany which is a globally renowned annual conference. We would look forward to your participation in this international event.
    About Conference:
    Bioscience 2016 is 2 day international conference attracting researchers, scientists, young scholars, entrepreneurs, poster communications and 400 to 600 participants from all over the globe. It is a platform to discuss various aspects of cutting edge strategies, new technologies, developments and methods to allow you to further your research, the discovery’s and case studies from all over the world.

    Importance and Scope: As name “Bioscience” reflects belief that the study of biological systems is best approached by incorporating many perspectives. We bring together a diversity of disciplines that complement one another to unravel the complexity of biology. We incorporate the physical sciences, engineering, computational and bioinformatics, and the social sciences, as appropriate, to problems we are addressing. We work with animals, plants and microorganisms and our research spans the levels of the biological hierarchy from molecules to ecosystems.
    Why to attend?
    This unique international conference provides a platform for researchers and decision makers in Bioscience to present their latest findings and learn about all the important developments in bioscience. Many scientists and world’s renowned experts will participate in the conference. Throughout the course of the two day conference, you will have the opportunity to both network and hear leaders from the international academic and corporate bioscience communities.

    Conference Highlights:
    Each abstract will be labeled with a Digital Object Identification Number (DOI) provided by Cross Ref.
    Networking with Experts in the fields
    OCM Members:
    George Perry, University of California, USA
    Lisa Beth Spiryda, University of Florida ,USA
    Anna L. Frebel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    Claire Hellio, University of Western Brittany, Europe
    Rinku Majumder, LSU Health Science Center, USA
    Alan M. Hoberman, Charles River Laboratories,USA
    Scientific program includes the following tracks:-
    · Track 1 : Bioscience
    · Track 2 : Agriculture Bioscience
    · Track 3 : Biopharmaceutics and Biochemistry
    · Track 4 : Biochemical Engineering
    · Track 5 : Biodiversity,Ecology and Evolution
    · Track 6 : Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    · Track 7 : Biomedical Science
    · Track 8 : Biometrics and Biostatistics
    · Track 9 : Biophysics
    · Track 10 : Bioprocess and Biological Engineering
    · Track 12 : Food Science
    · Track 13 : Forensic Science
    · Track 14 : Microbiology
    · Track 15 : Molecular Biology
    · Track 16 : Molecular Biotechnology
    · Track 17 : Nano-Biotechnology
    · Track 18 : Veterinary BioSciences
    · Track 19 : Bio Science Market

    Venue:
    Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade (5 Star Rated),
    Lützowufer 15, 10785 Berlin,
    Germany

    Accreditation Information:
    Attendees will be certified with CPD credits and also with the certification by the international organizing committee Members (IOCM) of the conference

    To download our conference Brochure – Click Here.
    For submission of abstract please follow: http://bioscience.conferenceseries.com/abstract-submission.php
    We sincerely hope that you will honour us by accepting our invitation to join us in Berlin, Germany.
    Amy Rose
    Program Director
    Bioscience 2016
    5716 Corsa Ave, Suite110
    Westlake, Los Angeles
    CA-91362-7354, USA
    Office Ph: +1-650-268-9744
    Toll No +1-800-216-6499 (USA & Canada)
    Mail: bioscience@insightconferences.com

  25. Thawtar Htun says:

    Hello Beall,

    Could you please tell me how about this conference.
    http://earcee.org/conference/ICEERC-16

  26. Celia Balbin says:

    Hello SIr!
    I am exploring possible participation in an International Academic Forum conference called “ACE2016”. Website is http://iafor.org/conferences/ace2016/

    Is this legit? Is this something I can trust with my research?
    Thank you!

  27. Cynthia says:

    Dear Beall,
    I got to know about this conference
    http://www.wasrti.org/10th-international-conference-on-envirotech-cleantech-and-greentech-ecg-21-22-feb-2017-dubai-about-43 by WASRTI.
    Please what do you think about it?

  28. Paul the Educator says:

    Is the Academic World for Education and Research Center a legitimate international conference organizer? Here’s the link to one of the conferences that they are organizing for next year: http://www.globalcenter.info/ic-ed/

    • No. I have its organizer, the Academic World Education & Research Center included on my list (as a publisher). The conference website looks more like a travel agency website, and they use @gmail.com email addresses. I think there are many “International Conference on Education” that are much better than this one, so I would recommend you seek a stronger conference. This one is a dead end.

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