I graduated and I am trying to build my CV in order to apply for a master's scholarship. I wrote articles in my field, but since I am a fresh grad and I wrote them with no other authors, they haven't been accepted by journals. I sent them to conferences and they got accepted by multiple conferences, however, I can't afford to attend any of them.

Should I add the acceptance letters from conferences to my CV? For context, I am in the medical field.

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    Have you tried contacting the conferences about a reduced or free admission? Sometimes they have the possibility to do that for people without funds and it never hurts to ask.
    – Sursula
    Jan 24, 2023 at 7:19
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    – Sursula
    Jan 24, 2023 at 7:30
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    – Sursula
    Jan 24, 2023 at 7:31
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    Why submit your research to conferences/journals if you know in advance you are not going to go through with presentation/publishing? That way you are wasting reviewers' time. Hoping for a reduced/free admission or seeking funding to cover travel/living expenses is fair game, but if you are not even trying to obtain it, that strikes me as unethical. Not an enormous offense, but still...
    – Lodinn
    Jan 24, 2023 at 18:31

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Will the conference publish abstracts of the accepted papers, or possibly a journal in the field may have a section where the abstracts are published, hardcopy or online? This might be citeable, but I don’t think a letter of acceptance is acceptable because what goes in a CV is work others saw or can find. A letter of acceptance by itself makes none of your work public, even the abstract.


Being accepted to a conference isn't necessarily a sign of renown/quality work. Therefore, I wouldn't advise attaching them to your CV. In your situation, it'd be best to have some joint publications or, perhaps, ask a colleague attending the conference to inquire if the conference will publish them anywhere (online or offline.)

I'd also advise you take a look at some journals that are, perhaps, less prestigious but would accept your works. Having some material that can be read and studied to determine your abilities is a plus.

  • Can you please recommend any less prestigious journals? That would be helpful.
    – lia
    Jan 24, 2023 at 14:43
  • But I think those journals take forever to review the articles.
    – lia
    Jan 24, 2023 at 14:44

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