Saturday, January 16, 2010

From the site: http://www.mombu.com/culture/austria/t-ieee-ieee-spam-and-ieee-fake-spamferences-2750985.html

OPEN LETTER for IEEE:


I am a freelance journalist who specialises in
scholarly communication and in Bogus IEEE. IEEE SPAM and IEEE Fake
Spamferences

AN OPEN LETTER for IEEE: was sent to us by email (!!!)

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Dear Stephan

I am a freelance journalist who specialises in scholarly communication
and in Bogus IEEE Conferences

I understand that you are the founder of IEEE Spam System in Germany

I have previously been in communication with Johan and Petr and asked
him if we could organise an interview with you as father of IEEE
bogusity for me. However, I did not heard back from him on this
matter.

In our email exchange Petr was kind enough to address some concerns
that had been raised with me by a number of researchers, who appeared
to be on IEEE Spam System but do not wish to be. Despite their best
efforts they had been unable to have themselves removed from your
list. Meanwhile they were being bombarded with multiple emails.

In an email to me of 11th May Petr assured me that two researchers I
mentioned to him had been contacted by IEEE Spam System and that their
names had been removed. Unfortunately at least one is still being sent
unsolicited email (see below), and is very frustrated by it.

I have also had a number of other researchers raise with me the issue
of peer review in connection with IEEE Spam Industry

I am sure these are all misunderstandings and can be settled in an
interview. I would be most grateful therefore if you could spare the
time to do a telephone interview with me about IEEE Spam Conferences
and IEEE fake meetings and its activities.

I look forward to hearing from you IEEE Spam.

As you know about IEEE SPAM and IEEE Fake Spamferences

where there is money to be made, people will try to do it. that is
basically the lesson to be learned from the numerous IEEE fake
Conferences or IEEE spamferences popping up at an increasing rate.
when does a conference become an IEEE fake event or an IEEE
spamference? that's hard to say.

There are numerous minor IEEE Spam conferences which may not be of
greatest impact or quality, but still serve legitimate needs, such as
providing forums for younger researchers, or providing local
platforms.

The increasing number of Spamferences in the mediterranean countries
seems to be an indication of this. these conferences usually have
mostly local attendants and sometimes they have papers and
presentations in the local language, which makes it easier for local
authors to submit and present. to me, most of these conferences look
legitimate.
but then there's the decidedly non-local approach, the grand ├╝ber-
conferences with titles that often sound like "34th intergalactic
conference on science, nature, and other really complicated
stuff" (maybe i should trademark that...). my personal favorite is
"The 12th IEEE Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and
Informatics", hosted by the godfather of spamferences, NAGIB CALLAOS
with the approval and sponsorship of IEEE Spam.


This particular venue received quite a bit of attention for accepting
a paper that had been generated by an automated paper generator.
others report submitting papers with obviously stupid text and also
getting accepted.

The reviewing process of these conferences seems to be non-existent
(you don't get review reports, and if you ask, you get weird
explanations why there are none).

The only things that seems to work well at these conferences is
sending invitations (they are sending personalized invitations,
something that no respectable conference bothers to do), and handling
registrations (i.e., collecting money).


The IEEE Conferences are organized by different entities. Some of them
were good and some of them are very bad. For example, the
International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), organized
many IEEE sponsored conferences (with the logotype of IEEE)

Nagib Callaos says that IIIS is "a nonprofit organization based in
Venezuela, which examines and contemplates the globalization process."
interestingly, the Florida Division of Corporations lists callaos'
institute (named a little differently) as a for-profit organization.
what a surprise!
the saddest thing about this is that publishing at spamferences will
actually hurt your career, yet many researchers don't really know what
they are getting into. simply google cvs listing this conference and
you'll see how successful the business seems to be (2260 hits)...

This is the problem with IEEE. IEEE means fake conferences.

A central shop that gives the IEEE logo and IEEE title to many local
organizers.

IEEE gives its name and its logo to many bogus conferences like:
http://iaria-highsci.blogspot.com/20...utational.html

Please take careful note of the information belowabout this IEEE
Computational Complexity conferenceIt is another FAKE IEEE conference
this time on Computational Complexity.The organizers are academic
criminals.Do NOT send these criminals any money. Please send this
warning on to your networks.Many young people have been defrauded
lately - and we must work together to defeat such efforts.Use extreme
caution when applying for conferences advertised by organizations
unknown to you.What a Shame for the IEEE Computational Complexity
Conference! two new bogus papers have been accepted in the
http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/jrogers/...htmlExtractors
for varieties ??????????by Zeev Dvir !!!andExtractors for Low-Weight
Affine Sources ??????? byAnup RaoThe papers are absolutely fake
papers.What a Shame for the IEEE Computational Complexity Conference