Potential, possible, or probable “predatory” conference organizers
Uppsala University is a member of The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). ICCA recommends that members use the list below as a cross-reference, and then decide for themselves whether or not they want to enter into business arrangements with any of these companies.
All the organizers on this list are denied access into the ICCA Association database and their respective meetings will not count for our annual statistics reports.
Key difference between "predatory" and "fraudulent“: if a conference takes your money and no event is organized, then there is clearly false advertising and grounds for legal action, perhaps even criminal charges. If a conference takes your money and organizes a horrible, worthless, CV-staining joke of an event, on the other hand, there is no regulatory body that you can complain to: scientific quality is considered to be a matter of judgement, and there is no way to easily distinguish between an honest-but-poor-quality conference and an intentionally predatory conference.
Given the rise in the number of “predatory conferences” and the increasingly sophisticated organizations selling them, ICCA believes an overview like this, applied with necessary background knowledge, can be helpful to make informed decisions.
We are using this description in line with some of the expert studies that have been investigating this phenomenon, and reflecting how these events are viewed in the academic/association community. See also this article on Wikipedia about “predatory conferences”.
It's important to note that there do exist good, high-quality "open source" meetings, which draw content from multiple disciplines, with careful vetting. This type of meeting is not included within the "predatory" description.
For a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers please see below:
Last updated May 29, 2018