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Background: A close acquaintance of mine is a tenured faculty member at a minor US college, having worked there for several decades. They are very well respected for their contributions to the college, students, and community, but they really haven't played a research role. This individual isn't the best when it comes to navigating the perils of the Internet, which brings us to the scenario and question...

Scenario: For both fiscal and, I suppose, for personal reasons, they want to submit a paper to the ATINER conference. I think that submitting a few papers may change their title and pay grade, which would help them before moving towards retirement within the next decade, as their family has some financial issues.

Question: Is this a legitimate conference, and what risks of participating? It appears on librarian Beall's List of potentially predatory conferences. However, from my inspection, it seems to be established, but perhaps low quality. I cross-referenced a couple of their past speakers and the talks do indeed appear on actual people's CV's.

So, to reiterate, my acquaintance is not a researcher, per se, nor desires to be known as one. With that in mind, what are the pros and cons of submitting a paper and giving a talk? I mainly want to protect my friend from harm.

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  • I closed your question since we do not like to evaluate individual conferences (see this), but the proposed duplicate may help you (in particular point 6 of this answer). Once you decided this, you could ask a question about whether it’s reasonable to visit a predatory conference knowingly.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 10:44
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    I cross-referenced a couple of their past speakers and the talks do indeed appear on actual people's CV's – That’s not necessarily a good criterion. People may just not have noticed that the conference as what it was, or they intentionally used it to boost their CV because whoever evaluates them doesn’t notice.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 10:54
  • @Wrzlprmft Thanks for the feedback. Your second comment raises a good point. I'll consider the linked answer.
    – zahbaz
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 22:34

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