My supervisor wants the paper at another huge conference where all the funding are given and it's more valid than the current accepted one. But I have paid all my air fares and hotel fares for the current travel. Refunding is not possible it seems. Can I go to a conference and just present without publishing?

I can't waste my money by just avoiding the conference. I have to take something out of it.

  • @scaaahu Yes. He is a co-author. And he is a young lecturer and not financially well. And he was not willing to come to this current conference as he have to spend his own money. He told me to attend the conference alone. Now another conference has accepted the paper and funds are also given by them so he is planning to go to that one. And Now he is telling me not to publish as he is going to publish in this new conference. And he don't want any self plagiarism issues. He too worked hard for the research. But now the problem is i have invested the money. What shall I do. ?
    – arjino
    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:00
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    Sorry about the deletion of my previous comment. Your problem seems to be more complex than what you said in your question. I think not only you have the travel expenses concern, but also the double submission issue. Have you withdraw the paper from the current conference?
    – Nobody
    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:07
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    Fire your advisor.
    – JeffE
    Aug 2, 2015 at 17:30
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    Unethical multiple submission aside, your complaint about the non-refundable fee sounds like a sunk cost fallacy. "I already paid for this conference so it is wasteful not to go" is a common feeling, but is not necessarily in your best interest. You have already "lost" the money for the conference regardless of whether you go or not. You should base your decision of whether to go on what you might gain by going, not what you have already lost.
    – ff524
    Aug 3, 2015 at 9:22
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    @Alexandros exactly. If the conference is in Hawaii, there would almost certainly be something to gain by going :) Not because otherwise the fees paid would be "wasted" - that's in the past - but because there's some actual benefit to going. (Educational, recreational, or other benefit.)
    – ff524
    Aug 3, 2015 at 9:30

2 Answers 2


There is only one solution:

  • The paper has been accepted on first conference.
  • You paid for going there
  • You go there and present the paper.
  • Withdraw from second conference ASAP (like Monday morning after notifying your adrvisor).
  • Search for new advisor, because him a) advising double (or multiple) submission of the same paper and b) pay travel costs from your own pocket for first conference, shows he knows nothing about how academia works.
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    When you submitted to first conference, has he agreed to that? When your paper got accepted, and you paid the costs, has he agreed to that? If the answer is yes, then that is the end of story,
    – Alexandros
    Aug 2, 2015 at 13:44
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    Repeat after me. a) He cannot publish in another conference if he does not withdraw from first, because this is double submission. b) He does not know if the paper will be accepted from 2nd conference c) He cannot submit on 2nd conference or withdraw from first without the consent of all co-authors (you). d) He should pay you the money for first conference, because you planned for this trip with his consent and he is the one changing his mind.
    – Alexandros
    Aug 2, 2015 at 13:52
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    @arjino We sent our paper to multiple conferences This is called multiple submission.
    – Nobody
    Aug 2, 2015 at 14:04
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    You should walk away ASAP from everyone suggesting submitting the same paper to multiple conferences or journals at the same time. He is either a) an idiot b) unethical or c) clueless and sooner or later he will drag you down with him.
    – Alexandros
    Aug 2, 2015 at 14:09
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    Then withdraw from first conference, he pays you the money you gave for first conference, he goes and present the paper in second conference and then you find a new advisor. If he does not give the money for first conference then you go there and have a vacation but you still have to find a new advisor.
    – Alexandros
    Aug 2, 2015 at 14:28

I think you are focusing on the wrong issue. The multiple-submission issue may have long term consequences. It would be a problem even if you could get a complete refund of your costs for attending the first conference.

Before making any decisions, I suggest carefully reviewing all paperwork you or your advisor have submitted for each conference. You may, for example, have already assigned the copyright to the paper to one of the conferences. If so, you are better off withdrawing from the other conference. If you have assigned it to both, the situation is much more difficult.

Do not make up a reason for withdrawal. Conferences that might both accept the same paper are a small world. It is likely that the organizers of the first conference will at least scan the proceedings of the second one, and see your paper there.

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