Some conferences are established by IEEE and ACM, others by only one of them.

I thought at first that such organizations somehow maintain a certain degree of high quality in the affiliated conferences. But I've seen beginner conferences saying they they are sponsored by IEEE, some say "technically sponsored", while they accept poor quality papers.

So what should "having the ACM or IEEE logo on a conference's website" mean to me?


In part it means that the conference organizers have access to the conference administration tools and resources that IEEE, ACM, or the like provide. Having been around some IEEE-sponsored conferences, that can mean things like payment processing and credit card handling; access to a journal special issue for proceedings; conference organization website for registration, submissions, and reviewing; and registration discounts for members of the society.

Access to these features doesn't come for free. The professional societies charge for their use and stand to make money on them. As such, while you have to propose the conference and get it approved, after that the oversight is less. The quality of a conference comes down to the Organizing Committee and it's technical/content/papers committee. If you've never heard of any of the members of these committees, or many of them appear to have low-quality papers, there's a good chance that the conference isn't all that great.


In practice, it means that they publish the conference proceedings and you may get a registration discount if you are a member. Nothing more than that.

"Sponsored by" statements do not reflect quality at all. Some quick Google search using keywords like "scam" or even better "random paper generator" will convince you.

N.B. That doesn't mean that all conferences of those organisations are bad, quite the opposite. The best conferences of many fields are endorsed by those orgs.

  • 1
    IEEE/ACM can sponsor a conference without publishing its proceedings, and vice versa.
    – ff524
    Jun 24 '14 at 15:22
  • Agree, I am referring to the usual case. Also, there are examples that conferences are sponsored by both IEEE and ACM.
    – iliasfl
    Jun 24 '14 at 15:48

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