January 21, 2009

BLACK LIST of Conferences and Journals

BLACK LIST of Conferences and Journals

1. Any International Conference organized and any Journal issued IASTED. Many papers in the IASTED conferences were ridiculous caricatures, years ago before the MIT papers’ engine appeared. In 1987, as you remember two Professors from a small university in Japan, riduculed Dr. M. Hamza and IASTED. The anti-plagiarism.org tested the IASTED by sending to them 3 randomly generated talks and — unfortunately they have been accepted in IASTED Conferences. It is also well known that IASTED, Dr. Hamza, is a profit making company.

IASTED people (Dr. Hamza –the Chief, Dr. Uskov, Dr. Bourkas, Dr. Angel De Pobil) bomb us with thousand of emails (SPAM) each week.

See the links

a. IASTED for Profit Making -1

b. IASTED for Profit Making -2

c. IASTED for Profit Making -3 (Black List of Professors- IASTED Staff) d. IASTED for Profit Making -4

e. http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen

f. http://anthony.liekens.net/index.php/Misc/FakeConferences

g. http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002067.html

j. http://3dpancakes.typepad.com/ernie/2005/04/sci_followup.html

k. http://www.scs.cs.nyu.edu/~dm/remove.pdf

l. http://www.physics.nyu.edu/faculty/sokal/

2. Any International Conference organized by WESSEX INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY that means any International Conference organized by “Prof. Carlos Brebbia”. The papers of Professor Carlos Brebbia have been checked from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and they are fraud- papers. See the links below. For the terrific academic frauds and lies of “Prof. Carlos Brebbia”, see:

a. http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/~wp/videa.html

b. http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/~wp/videa-paper-2.html

c. http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen

3. Any International Conference organized and any Journal issued by GESTS that means any International Conference organized by “Myungjin BAE”.

People from MIT have tested them also. Also Martin Ziegler have tested them. See this link. The anti-plagiarism.org tested also the GESTS Conferences by sending to Myungjin Bae two pseudo-papers from the MIT pseudo-papers’ generator http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen and Myungjin Bae has accepted each of them immediately with “warm congratulations”.

Totally: 6 different cases of false papers and they published all !!!

Myungjin BAE uses also some names like K.Y. Lee, H.S. Hong, J.A. Choi and J.H. Lee. We do not think that these names exist really. The only real name is Myungjin BAE. The names K.Y. Lee, H.S. Hong, J.A. Choi and J.H. Lee are simply nick-names of Myungjin BAE and of his GESTS. For the terrific academic frauds and lies of Myungjin BAE, i.e. “Prof. Bae”, see:

a. gests.htm

b. http://anthony.liekens.net/index.php/Misc/FakeConferences

c. http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen

d. http://www.inesc-id.pt/~aml/trash.html

e. www.ece.ubc.ca/~phillipj/blog/archives/2005/05/paper_accepted.html

4. Any International Conference organized and any Journal issued by IPSI. That means any International Conference organized by “Prof. Veljko Milutinovic”. Veljiko Milutinovic has accepted 5 stupid papers from the MIT papers’ generator machine. 2 of them was sent by www.anti- plagiarism.org and other 3 by: Mathias Uslar, Vincenzo Della Mea, Teemu Hukkanen. See this link. The anti-plagiarism.org tested also the IPSI Conferences by sending to Veljko Milutinovic 2 pseudo-papers from the MIT generator for pseudo-papers http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen and Veljko Milutinovic accepted each of them (2 different cases of false papers). Totally for these fakes conferences we known that they have accepted 5 randomly generated papers from the MIT machine. For the terrific academic frauds and lies of “Prof. Veljko Milutinovic”, see:

a. http://anthony.liekens.net/index.php/Misc/FakeConferences

b. http://www.inesc-id.pt/~aml/trash.html

c. http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen

5. Any International Conference organized and any Journal issued by the so-called “International Society of Computer Science” We have tested these sin guys by sending 3 pseudo-papers also to them.

They accepted after 1 (one) day and sent us immediately instructions of how to send them our money (registration) to Turkey. Another person that tested them was: Raul Soff .See this link. This company is located in Turkey, but they have made terrific frauds also and several universities in Europe, Asia and USA added them in a black list. Now, they changed the name of their scam to “International Society of Computer Science” and “International Journal of Computer Science” because as “Enformatika” they could not sell any longer. Be aware of the pseudo-conferences of the turkish company: Enformatika.


a. http://anthony.liekens.net/index.php/Misc/FakeConferences

b. http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen

c. http://www.inesc-id.pt/~aml/trash.html

6. Any International Conference organized by the so called Academy of Science of Hamid R. Arabnia. That means any International Conference organized by “Hamid R. Arabnia”.

Hamid Arabnia organizes 28 conferences simultaneously without reviewers and send thousand of emails (spam) to people that start:

“Congratulations! Your papers have been accepted” without having sent any paper to him. Who check the quality of these conferences?

Hamid Arabnia was one of the first that checked for his fake papers from MIT papers’ engine. Of course, the test from the anti- plagiarism.org in the case of Hamid Arabnia was … positive. He accepted 2 stupid papers with big honors!

For the terrific academic frauds and lies of “Prof. Hamid R. Arabnia”, see:

a. http://www.csam.ucl.ac.be/~gevers/

b. http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen

c. http://www.inesc-id.pt/~aml/trash.html


  1. IASTED victims. IASTED victims.June 14, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    IASTED has accepted also many SCIgen papers.
    Believe me, even now, if you send a SCIgen bogus paper to IASTED, you will receive an enthusiastic email with acceptance in IASTED bogus conference. IASTED also uses Spam and creates many problems to people that published their papers in some IASTED volume. Is anybody interested in posting more information about IASTED junk events?

    1. I have sent 6 papers in IASTED conferences. All of them were published without any kind of real review. So, I assume that IASTED conferences do not have any review and publish papers from the ... pavement.

    2. Searching by google for new Junk IEEE Conferences, Fake IEEE Conferences we found this interesting case: AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION, IEEE Sponsored Conference.
      The conference is listesd in IEEE Official Site as IEEE Conference.

      What's wrong with this conference?
      a) The main problem for this conference is that this is supposed to organized by ... "AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION".
      There is not any AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION and obviously this is a counterfeit, spurious institute, a money making machine for IEEE Officers. This is a made up, mock institute.

      b) This bogus IEEE Conference is without Chairman, without International Program committee and of course we do not know who is the real organizer, since the ... "AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION" is a scam.

      We recommend to inform your colleagues about this IEEE Fraud and about this IEEE mock conference. Do not serve in the committe

  2. Papageorgiou J.K.June 16, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    A New Fake, Junk, Bogus Conference of IASTED is going to be held in Crete, greece. The congressman Mr. Pericles Bourkas did not check any paper and any abstract and gave acceptance to any junk paper in IASTED volume.
    Impressive, but true!

    As you know Greece and greek Goverment did not recognize state MACEDONIA. Several Colleagues asked Prof. Bourkas how in a 50-papers IASTED conference inside Greece, you can have 2 papers
    from MACEDONIA and advertize the program on your site. Bourkas told that I did not check the Proceedings at all so "I am innocent". Means that from Greek national point of view this guy is innocent. But what about from the scientific point of view. Is he innocent? He had to check the quality of 50 papers. He confessed that he did not read any paper.
    This email was sent to Prof. Papageorgiou from another non-greek professor working in Greece.
    It is a real email and has been published in several blogs in Greece.

    If Professor Bourkas had checked at least the abstracts of the papers, then he would have understood that 2 papers came from a Country that Greece refuses until now his existence.

    So, Bourkas claimed that he did not read anything!

    This is the email

    Dear Mr. Papageorgiou

    I wonder how a scientific conference organized by a Professor of the Technical Univ. of Athens with several greek Professors
    in the committee did not see in a program of 50 scientific articles 2 papers from "MACEDONIA"

    Finally, is there any control in this conference?
    What is the role of a Professor of Technical University of Athens as Chairman?
    Is decorative?
    Was this IASTED conference a conference with reviewers or not?
    They have several professors from Greece in the program committee; if they do not check the countries of the authors,
    do they check the scientific quality of the papers?
    What is the Responsibility of Prof. Bourkas?








  3. Can someone update this list? I get emails on the order of twice a month. What about hindawi publishers? What about the Canadian Center for Science and Education ccsenet.org

  4. What about the Canadian Center for Science and Education ccsenet.org

  5. If you didn't know already, WORLDCOMP is the world's biggest fake conference (ie., bogus conference) in computer science : http://copy-shake-paste.blogspot.com/2012/02/fake-conference-worldcomp.html . The next WORLDCOMP, the 2012 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing (consists of more than twenty different conferences), July 16-19, 2012, USA, is organized by Prof. Hamid Arabnia from the University of Georgia, USA. He has been running this fake conference business (registration fee collection is the primary goal) for over a decade by accepting almost all submitted papers without any review.

    If the previous link didn't work for any reason, please visit http://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1 .

    A very brief version of FCS'11 (it is part of WORLDCOMP) is at http://compilers.iecc.com/comparch/article/11-01-119 . This link has also information about telephone threats to the person who investigated and revealed the fakeness of WORLDCOMP.

  6. I was in an IASTED conference in 2011. It was really fake. Additionally the quality of their hotel services was too law. The coffee-breaks were an insult. They had only instantaneous coffee in sticks and warm water. The room in the hotel were terrible. Awful was also the transportation while 2 of the 3 Plenary / Keynote speakers did not come to present. Conclusion? IASTED Conferences are junk, fake conferences. I sent an email to IASTED asking my money back. However, IASTED did not honor my email. I told it to my colleagues to received their answer: IASTED is an industry of paid vacations (=junk conferences) by tax-payers money. I will not go again to IASTED and I will reject any candidate for a faculty vacation that has IASTED Publications in his / her CV.

  7. All these conference look really bogus to me:

  8. The Chairman of the world's biggest fake computer science conference WORLDCOMP has disappeared without notice from the conference website since March 12, 2012: http://www.world-academy-of-science.org (click on the Contact information or anywhere on this website and you notice that there is no conference chair's name and address). It is very strange but why he disappeared?

    Hamid Arabnia (a professor of computer science in the University of Georgia (UGA), USA) is the founder and chairman of WORLDCOMP for more than a decade and he runs the conference primarily for registration fee collection. He accepted almost all submitted papers (more papers, means more registration fee!) without any review (but tricking the authors that there is a review ). According to an analysis http://ktwop.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/intimidation-attempts-prove-that-worldcomp-is-a-scam/#more-7769 he has earned 10-15 million US dollars from registration fee alone (money from sponsors is not added to this).

    Recently WORLDCOMP has been proven to be the biggest scam conference on earth! Visit the website http://copy-shake-paste.blogspot.com/2012/02/fake-conference-worldcomp.html written by a famous plagiarism researcher Prof. Debora Weber-Wulff from Germany (Google her name for details) and follow the link to see why it is a fake conference.

    Since WORLDCOMP has been proven to be fake, it looks Hamid Arabnia is concerned of lawsuits and blames/insults from researchers all over the world but at the same time, he is determined to run this sham conference somehow (for registration fee). It seems, this is the reason why he disappeared from WORLDCOMP's website and he is now running the conference anonymously. WORLDCOMP is the first conference in the entire world that is running without the name of its chairman/coordinator (and his physical address/affiliation) on the website!

    The draft paper submission deadline for WORLDCOMP is silently extended from March 12 to March 27, 2012. The deadline may be extended more times to get more papers (means, more registration fee in to the pocket). As of March 12, 2012, there are no program committee members, no keynote speakers, no steering committee members, no organizing committee members, and of course, there is no chairman/coordinator! Why is Hamid Arabnia still running this fake conference? (except for registration fee).

    If Hamid Arabnia is running this conference for academic/professional purpose, we ask him to put his academic/professional affiliation (ie, his UGA affiliation) along with his name on WORLDCOMP website. We also ask him to answer all the questions at http://copy-shake-paste.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-questions-on-worldcomp.html

    Several authors who published papers in previous WORLDCOMPs are very much worried about their CVs. Hope this information is helpful in case you have plans to submit a paper to WORLDCOMP (that has more than 20 international conferences).

    See http://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1 for more information.

    If none of the previous links work then search the internet with any of the following words: worldcomp fake OR hamid arabnia fake OR hamid arabnia bogus conference OR worldcomp bogus conference

    PS: Hamid Arabnia may soon “bring” another person (his puppet) as the chairman/coordinator (but Hamid Arabnia is the person who actually runs the bogus conference from behind the scenes). In the worst case (eg., if Hamid Arabnia's disappearance creates a problem to WORLDCOMP's existence), he may reemerge as the chairman/coordinator but without his UGA affiliation.

  9. IASTED conferences are really very bogus. No review. No hotel services. Coffee-breaks are miserable. Conference Rooms empty. Programs that change every 2-3 hours. IASTED produces many junk conferences every year. Far from this devil (IASTED), please!

  10. I worked for the grate Hamza for nearly five years. The man himself is just like the organization: unfocussed, ill conceived and grasping.Please note that IASTED does use anti plagiarism software, but, as those are largely by the number of papers checked, Hamza runs less than five percent of submissions through the filter.

  11. IASTED Conferences are dubious and it is better to avoid them. IASTED publications simply would ruin your CV. We do not recognized any publication from IASTED and ACTAPRESS IASTED associate bogus Publishing House.

  12. We are shocked with Prof. Hamid Arabnia and his puppetĪ²€™s activities
    http://worldcomp-fake-bogus.blogspot.com Search Google using the
    keyword worldcomp fake for additional links.

  13. Are there any comments for Eduniversal, Abest21? What are they?

  14. All these are nothing in front of the main canker of IEEE. IEEE fake conferences in USA, IEEE fake conferences in Asia, IEEE fake conferences in Europe. A bogus pyramid of bogus activities with the name IEEE

  15. Does the SPAM decide who will be the next IEEE President? Enjoy the IEEE Spam-elections. Bogus Techniques in IEEE Elections. Shame IEEE. Shame IEEE Officers. Shame Vincenzo Piuri
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  16. IAENG Conferences are also bogus

  17. Searching by google for new Junk IEEE Conferences, Fake IEEE Conferences we found this interesting case: AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION, IEEE Sponsored Conference.
    The conference is listesd in IEEE Official Site as IEEE Conference.

    What's wrong with this conference?
    a) The main problem for this conference is that this is supposed to organized by ... "AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION".
    There is not any AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION and obviously this is a counterfeit, spurious institute, a money making machine for IEEE Officers. This is a made up, mock institute.

    b) This bogus IEEE Conference is without Chairman, without International Program committee and of course we do not know who is the real organizer, since the ... "AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION" is a scam.

    We recommend to inform your colleagues about this IEEE Fraud and about this IEEE mock conference. Do not serve in the committe

  18. Dear Colleagues,

    checking the web address for the next ICANN 2013 International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (which is run by the European Neural Networks Society every year) we have found the following WASET conference site:
    Identical name, but no logo of ENNS, no chairman, it claims to be 34th ICANN, but actually we had so far only 22 conferences in this series, and the 2013 will be in Sophia in September (see http://www.e-nns.org), not in May in Amsterdam. The name has been hijacked and I doubt that such conference will ever take place.

    Investigating further we have found that the conference has no chairman, and is run by unknown people, with few exceptions of people who may not even know that they are in the committee or may have carelessly accepted an invitation. And then looking at the list of conferences we have found that there are 3490 conferences allegedly organized by WASET! Some of them I could easily identify as well-known conferences that got also high numbers in front to make you think that they have been organized many times.
    Some of them are in Singapore. A search in the internet shows that many people already lost 450 Euro paying conference fees. See the story
    The whole scam seems to be connected to Azerbaijan, where WASET is registered, and it seems to be run by Turkish people.
    Incidentally Wikipedia redirects WASET to Thebes, ancient city in Egypt. As this information is not yet easily found in the Internet please warn your friends not to fall in this trap, as well as do not accept to be a member of such conferences. Please tell me if you know about some international police efforts to follow such scams, perhaps there is a way to block their site.

    Wlodek Duch

  19. WASET conferences are fakeOctober 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    One may not believe if such a coincidence could ever happen. I read your blog today which you posted in 2012, and it saved me 450 Euro. I think I am also fooled by WASET. I received acceptance of my abstract for the ICGSH 2013 conference held in Kualalumpur, August 22-23, 2013. http://www.waset.org/conferences/2013/kualalumpur/icgsh/. While I was corresponding with the organizers, I didn't have a clue that they were fake. They seemed professional in corresponding on emails and assisted me whenever I raised query. I was also provided with the invitation letter to the conference which served as the basis of retrieving Malaysian Visa. Before making bookings to the hotel they mentioned as a conference venue, I confirmed if this conference is happening as scheduled and the answer I received was yes. Will you believe that it was the internationally accredited hotel in Kualalumpur, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites. I booked the hotel, I got my visa, I had tickets in my hand, the only thing I was left with was the conference registration fees, which took me long to process as the procedure was difficult to carry out through Western Union. Finally, today when I decided to make the payment, God knows what made me log into the website of the conference to retrieve the details of the payment for my own reference to take it to bank. And when I typed WASET CONFERENCE 2013, the Google search engine opened up the suggested link on WASET CONFERENCE FAKE, and I don't know what made me click that option. What I found was your post. My search about the WASET being fake began from there and guess what I found these links highlighting how organized this whole scam is.