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? – scaaahu Jul 23 '16 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. – scaaahu Jul 23 '16 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 '16 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. – shane Jul 23 '16 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! – shane Jul 25 '16 at 11:22

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.

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There is no legal or ethical reason not to submit the same paper to multiple conferences, provided you did not agree not to do so when you submitted the paper. However, apparently in some fields there may be unspoken, unwritten (and to my mind unjustifiable) expectations that you will not submit your paper to multiple venues. Hence, if you're in such a field, you should follow the herd, because they will punish you for not doing so.

However, in other disciplines (especially in the humanities) where conference proceedings are not normally published, the expectation is that a paper is presented at a conference in order to solicit feedback in order to make the final, published version of work as good as it can be. And in such fields, obviously, nobody would hold it against you trying to present the paper in as many different venues as possible, in order to get as much feedback as possible.

My view is that if the scam conference wishes to publish your paper in its proceedings, but did not announce this to you when you submitted, then you have no obligation to sign a copyright transfer agreement allowing them to publish it and I think you can safely tell the other conference that you've withdrawn your paper from the scam conference. Of course, if you're in a field that penalizes people for this sort of behavior, it would be imprudent of you to do so, even if there is no general obligation not to.

On the other hand, if you did sign such an agreement with the fake conference, then you are just going to have to accept that they own the copyright to your paper, will publish it, and accept this situation as a valuable lesson on knowing your venue.

Speaking more directly to your current circumstance, where you might have violated an unspoken norm (or might not have, depending on field). If the good conference asked you to certify, when you submitted, that the work wasn't under consideration elsewhere, then I think your best bet is to write immediately to whoever is in charge of the good conference and explain the situation in detail. Unfortunately there is a proliferation of scam journals and fake conferences these days, so it may be that the organizer of the good conference is sympathetic to your position. Don't expect a positive response, exactly, but the sooner you let the relevant people know the situation and ask their advise, the better the outcome is likely to be.

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    Since OP "submitted his paper", I assume that the fake conference does publish proceedings. Most such conferences explicitly prohibit submitting a paper that has appeared at or is under consideration by another conference; the copyright status of the paper is irrelevant. (At least, this is standard procedure in computer science.) This is not a copyright issue, but an issue of social norms in OP's research community. – JeffE Jul 23 '16 at 14:39
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    @JeffE Everybody who wants to present at a refereed conference "submits a paper", no? It may be that the conference intends to publish proceedings, but if so, then they should have made that clear to the OP and had the OP sign a transfer agreement at the time of submission. If the conference organizers didn't do that, then that's their problem, not the OPs. Finally, I'll take your word for the practices of CompSci, but I note that the OP doesn't specify the discipline and its certainly the case in other disciplines that the same paper is meant to be presented a lot of places. – shane Jul 23 '16 at 14:42
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    sign a transfer agreement -- How bizzarely legalistic. When I submit a paper to a CS conference, I do not sign any legal document giving the conference publication rights, but I am expected not to submit the same paper elsewhere unless the first submission is rejected, or I withdraw it. Double submission is grounds for immediate rejection. Copyright transfers are signed only after acceptance, and only if the publisher demands the copyright (many don't). All accepted papers appear in the proceedings. All enforced by social norms, not contracts. – JeffE Jul 23 '16 at 14:57
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    @shane: "We don't know OP is in CS." Did you click through to his profile? – Ben Voigt Jul 24 '16 at 1:52
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    @shane In many conferences in many science fields authors are required to present original, unpublished, contributions or, even if not required, are expected to do so, because in different conferences audiences frequently overlap and, really, we don't want to hear the same speech twice. So, in many, if not most, fields your advice would be damaging: for this reason, please specify the field for which your advice could be valid. – Massimo Ortolano Jul 24 '16 at 10:42

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 – shane Jul 24 '16 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. – Inquisitive Jul 24 '16 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 '16 at 10:44

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