(I believe my question is not a duplicate, I've seen all others related to this.)

I'm an undergrad and I need to make a resume to apply for jobs (in industry) including a paper that we submitted to a conference. The paper got accepted, but we weren't able to get a visa. So, the paper will go unpublished. (We plan to submit it elsewhere, but that'll take time)

Is it correct to write (in my resume) that I have an accepted paper? If it is, can I just mention it as "accepted"? In that case is it unethical to not mention that I know it won't be published?

Thank you.

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    I guess this may depend on the field, but at least from my experience, I would expect the conference to still publish the paper in this situation. It seems very strange for them to “un-accept” it just because of visa difficulties.
    – PLL
    Aug 17, 2019 at 10:04
  • The conference website mentions that papers won't be published on no-show. It's conducted by IEEE, a famous organization in some engineering disciplines.
    – VP06
    Aug 17, 2019 at 10:13
  • Yes, we spoke to the conference organizers. They denied a skype talk (also mentioned on their website) and said there's no way they can accommodate.
    – VP06
    Aug 17, 2019 at 10:20
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    Contact the session chair, let him know the whole situation. If everything goes well, you need to arrange alternate speaker/presenter who are going to attend the conference. I did same when I was a student and I had to provide the proof for decline of VISA. I saw many such presentation in several flagship IEEE conferences.
    – user199
    Aug 17, 2019 at 11:47
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    It should be OK to include the paper in your resume with the annotation "accepted for [name and date of conference] but not presented because of visa denial". Aug 19, 2019 at 0:34

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This question was asked a long time ago, but remains on the unanswered queue. The comments are largely about how to still get the paper published in the conference proceedings, but let's suppose this is not possible.

First, this situation sounds totally unfair and stinks from the OP's point of view. The OP did strong research and then can't publish it where it got accepted because of a visa rejection. That's awful. And I hope any readers who found themselves on an editorial board for a conference proceedings would still publish the paper in a situation like this.

As for what the OP can do: I agree with the comment suggesting that it's fine to include this paper on your CV as one that was accepted for this specific conference but not presented because of a visa denial. Note that this does not prevent you from publishing the paper elsewhere, so I'd go ahead and submit it to other conferences to eventually get it published. But, in the short term, on the CV you use for job searches, it would be good to highlight that this paper was already accepted somewhere and only didn't get published because of a fluke, but has been resubmitted elsewhere.

It's important to actually get the paper published somewhere, for the sake of the scientific literature. Getting it published in the end also shows your resilience and ability to bounce back from setbacks.

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