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My paper recently got accepted in a non-archival workshop at a prominent computer science conference. Since it is non-archival, should I still pay author registration (which is between $500 to $1000) to do a virtual oral paper presentation that is less than 15 minutes? That seems like I am paying for the merit to present my work at the workshop instead of my work being worthy enough to be presented...

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    Related: Why do we pay to present at conferences? Whether it's worth paying that much, especially for virtual attendance, is a personal decision, of course.
    – Anyon
    Jun 18, 2023 at 23:13
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    There’s no way to answer this. It really depends on the conference.
    – Spark
    Jun 19, 2023 at 1:21
  • You can register only for the workshop part of the conference and skip the main conference. This will cost considerably less. Jun 19, 2023 at 2:03
  • Do you have the option of paying for the workshop only excluding the (rest of the) conference? For instance, I recently participated in one of ECIS' workshop without registering/participating in the whole ECIS conference because I won't have the time (and can't be on ground physically to engage my peers). Invariably, we all have different reasons. Jun 20, 2023 at 8:44

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Nobody can answer this question for you. It's like asking "Should I pay $1M for a Matisse?" The answer depends on two factors:

  • Do you have the money?
  • How much is having a Matisse worth to you?

The same applies to your question: Assuming you have the resources to pay in the first place, how much is presenting at this conference (and participating in it as well -- there are also talks to listen to) worth to you? We really cannot tell you, it's a question for you to figure out.

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