I have always done my best to not publish in scam journals or fake conferences (even though I was working as a lecturer and was penalised for not having enough publications, the institution didn't care where the work is published as long as it was).
At one point I have submitted a paper to the internal conference of the institute, at that time I was told that there was going to be a new section at this conference which my work was suitable for. The abstract was accepted, the paper for the post conference publication submitted; but on the day of the conference I was told that my presence was not needed, and that the protocol of the conference was already being written, and my presentation was "discussed" and that I have answered all the questions.
I must admit, I did not raise the fuss. I was swamped with other work, so I thought that I would just build on that work and at least the publication would appear, I'd link to it, but no longer publish something in this institute internally.
I no longer work there. But, lo and behold, on their site, where the publication must have appeared, in that conference there's not even a section to which I have submitted. My questions about the situation are unanswered.
I do not want to abandon the attempt to publish (in the true sense of the word, i.e. making it public).
Now the questions.
- Do I consider that particular paper published as a part of this conference? Can I reference it as published, since I was clearly told that it would be?
- If I consider it to be unpublished, can I resubmit it somewhere else? Do I explain the whole situation during the submission?
P.S. Yes, I do feel quite stupid about the situation. I will be more careful in the future.