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So-called predatory conferences are characterized by inviting authors to submit abstracts and manuscripts which supposedly will be published in high ranked journals or indexed in well-known databases. After the acceptance affected authors are charged for publication of their articles – but the articles are never published in the journal as promised.

These questionable conferences are usually organized by individuals or companies instead of well-known scientific communities or universities. Attenders have to pay high registration fees; the meetings, however, are of low quality. Sometimes they only take place virtually and sometimes not at all.

The initiative Think.Check.Attend.  assists researchers when choosing trusted conferences to attend.