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The predatory publisher WASET (World Association of Science, Engineering and Technology) is organizing a conference using the exact same name as a legitimate conference on the same topic, a conference sponsored by a small and authentic scholarly society.

Avoid at all costs.

Both conferences are called International Conference on Educational Data Mining. The legitimate conference is organized by the International Educational Data Mining Society.

The registration fee for the bogus conference is €500, but the registration fee for the legitimate conference is not yet announced.

An email sent by International Educational Data Mining Society president Ryan Baker warns society members about the WASET copycat event.

The legitimate conference.

The email points out that the 2014 bogus educational data mining conference included paper presentations that were way off topic. The email states,

In 2014, this conference included EDM-themed papers such as “Automotive Supply Chain Flexibility” and “Energy Saving Potential with Improved Concrete in Ice Rink Floor Designs.”

It is clear from looking at WASET‘s homepage that it offers dozens of conferences to researchers every year. It regularly holds numerous conferences at the same time in the same city. It easily and routinely accepts papers regardless of whether they match the conference topic, and many are of very low quality.

WASET conferences provide a way for researchers to get university-paid vacations in interesting cities, along with an easy acceptance of conference papers and subsequent easy acceptance of journal article submissions.

I strongly recommend that scholars avoid WASET conferences and that they also avoid submitting papers to WASET journals.

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