I submitted one of my research paper in a fake conference by mistake. Now I want to withdraw my paper from it, But I am facing problem in withdrawal as no email id is given on that website. The problem is that now my paper has been accepted by another conference. But according to Turnitin, my abstract is already published somewhere else. Does anyone here know how and where to report such fake conferences?

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    I am not sure what you mean by 4% matches with the abstract which I submitted earlier in that conference. Matches with what? The other abstracts in the conference? Or something else?
    – Nobody
    Jul 23, 2016 at 7:27
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    I still don't know what you mean. Why does this 4% have anything to do with the conference? If I understand it right, you ran a tool like turnitin and get 4%. This means the abstract of your paper has 4% plagiarism rate which may not be a big deal if you did not plagiarize. But this 4% is your problem, not theirs unless they modified your abstract.
    – Nobody
    Jul 23, 2016 at 7:44
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    The problem is that now my paper has been accepted by another conference. -- So you submitted the same paper to two conferences? Even if one of them was fake, that was a serious mistake on your part.
    – JeffE
    Jul 23, 2016 at 14:34
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    @JeffE Why is submitting the same paper to two conferences a "mistake"? There's nothing immoral or unethical about presenting the same work in progress to multiple audiences.
    – user10636
    Jul 23, 2016 at 14:36
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    @Zeb I think in the light of the comments below, you should probably just send an email describing your problem to the program chair as soon as possible. Good luck!
    – user10636
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:22

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The fake conference is unlikely to co-operate – it's a fake conference operating for unscrupulous reasons. You can try, but I wouldn't expect them to play ball.

Your best chance of success is to clearly explain the situation to the organizers real conference, and hope that they understand your situation and accept your paper / talk request without problems.


This is a horrible situation for you. Until this moment, I never heard of "fake conferences". I just read about them, and the source I was just reading said, and I'm paraphrasing, there is very little difference between fake and legitimate conferences because they are both based on status-enhancement and profit-making rather than the spreading/seeking of knowledge. Unbelievable.

I would report it to your administration and discuss it with them to find out if there's any official action that can be taken. If there isn't any recourse, then I think you have found yourself a MAJOR career opportunity. Set up a business that clarifies which conferences are fake and which are legitimate. Sort of like an "Angie's List" of conferences.

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    These fake conference and journals have been around for some time. Beall maintains a list of some of them here
    – user10636
    Jul 24, 2016 at 1:50
  • @shane Thanks for that information about the list. I guess it needs to be increased to capture all or most of them. People are still getting the shaft. Jul 24, 2016 at 14:50
  • I am well aware of the situation but instead of crying about the situation I need a solution to get out of it :) Up till this point even I wasn't aware of it but there are few 'signs' by which you can get to know that a particular conference is fake.
    – Zeb
    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:44

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