A few months back, I came across a competition page which asked for a solution approach for a new and tricky dataset in the domain (I will keep all the details anonymous).

Now, it was a new area of research for me, so I felt curious; interestingly I wrote a solution and submitted it. They also asked for a paper alongside the solution (the solution will be ranked based on some performance metrics) explaining the solution.

I also submitted the paper. I got acceptance email a few days back mentioning it will be added to a book series.

After the competition period, I uploaded my solution (Github) and the accepted manuscript to research-gate too (now I feel it was a mistake).

Yesterday, I got an email asking me to register for the conference with a registration fee. Now, kindly forgive my ignorance, but I was not expecting the registration fee in the competition track where the competition itself didn't have any monetary prize.

It's not that I can't pay the registration fee, but I left my lab a few years ago and currently work at a private company, now at best I'm an independent researcher without any funding. I don't feel like spending the registration fee from my own pocket for a paper that I'm not proud of and when I can not even attend the conference (due to COVID-19 situation the presentation will be online).

I applied for a grant to the committee, I'm not sure if it'll be accepted or not.

Now, should I withdraw my paper if the grant is not accepted?

Another problem I created is by uploading my accepted pre-print to the research-gate, the paper is already indexed to my google scholar profile too.

What should I do in this situation?

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    I do not see any reason why you would pay the fee. – Anonymous Physicist Jun 14 '20 at 7:40
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    Are you sure this is an academic conference? – Anonymous Physicist Jun 14 '20 at 7:40
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    @AnonymousPhysicist Yes, the main conference is a trusted one. They launched a competition track under the main conference, in which I submitted the paper. – Zabir Al Nazi Jun 14 '20 at 7:50
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    You say you are not proud of the paper - is that just so you can withdraw it? But you have gone and made it public with research gate and your scholar profile... What are you doing? – Solar Mike Jun 14 '20 at 9:29
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    @CaptainEmacs yes, I know. I agree it was my ignorance and fault on my side, that's why I don't blame them but it was my first time participating on a competition track so I should have emailed them asking if a fee is needed (there were no details about the fee on the competition page). But if I attended the conference, I probably wouldn't hesitate that much. Now, the situation is different. Thanks for the suggestion. – Zabir Al Nazi Jun 14 '20 at 10:02

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