Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Dear President of the IEEE

Dear President of the IEEE

I am a freelance journalist who specialises in scholarly communication and in Bogus IEEE Conferences

I understand that you are the founder of IEEE Spam System in Germany

I have previously been in communication with Johan and Petr and asked him if we could organise an interview with you as President of IEEEfor me. However, I did not heard back from him on this matter.

In our email exchange Petr was kind enough to address some concerns that had been raised with me by a number of researchers, who appeared to be on IEEE Spam System but do not wish to be. Despite their best efforts they had been unable to have themselves removed from your list.

Meanwhile they were being bombarded with multiple junk emails advertizing jung stuff from IEEE.

In an email to me of 11th May Petr assured me that two researchers I mentioned to him had been contacted by IEEE Spam System and that their names had been removed. Unfortunately at least one is still being sent unsolicited email (see below), and is very frustrated by it.

I have also had a number of other researchers raise with me the issue of peer review in connection with IEEE Conferences.

You provide sponsorship to anybody and many times the IEEE Conferences have accepted and published papers produced by SCIgen or are totally garbage.

I am sure these are all misunderstandings and can be settled in an interview. I would be most grateful therefore if you could spare the time to do a telephone interview with me about IEEE Conferences (that seems to be now fake meetings) and its activities (that are commercial activities).

Actually, I would like to ask why do you give the Name and the Logo of IEEE to many institutions and individuals that work for making money from innocent people that want to extend their CV is an easy manner.

I look forward to hearing from you.

As you know everything about IEEE Spamferences (always bogus and always non-reliable, of course the IEEE Transactions are very good) you must reply to us

There are numerous minor IEEE conferences that are absolutely SCAM events, which may not be of greatest impact or quality, supposed to provide forums for younger researchers, or providing local platforms.

The increasing number of bogus IEEE conferences in the west countries with many crappy papers and junk reports, seems to be an indication of this.

These stupid conferences usually have mostly local attendants and sometimes they have papers and presentations in the local language, which makes it easier for local authors to submit and present.

To me, most of these conferences look legitimate, but then there's the decidedly non-local approach, the grand über-conferences with titles that often sound like "34th intergalactic conference on science, nature, and other really complicated stuff" (maybe i should trademark that...). my personal favorite is "The 12th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics", hosted by the godfather of spamferences, NAGIB CALLAOS with the approval and sponsorship of IEEE Spam.

I ask you:

Why did the IEEE grant the IEEE logo and IEEE firm to Nagib Callaos for so many years.
Had the IEEE ever seen the Proceedings of Nagib Callaos?

This particular venue received quite a bit of attention for accepting a paper that had been generated by an automated paper generator. others report submitting papers with obviously stupid text and also getting accepted.

The reviewing process of these IEEE sponsored conferences seems to be non-existent (you don't get review reports, and if you ask, you get weird explanations why there are none).

The only things that seems to work well at these conferences is sending invitations (they are sending personalized invitations, something that no respectable conference bothers to do), and handling registrations (i.e., collecting money).

The IEEE Conferences are organized by different entities. Some of them were good and some of them are really very bad.

For example, the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), i.e. that of Nagib Callaos organized many IEEE sponsored conferences (with the logotype of IEEE)

Nagib Callaos says that IIIS is "a nonprofit organization based in Venezuela, which examines and contemplates the globalization process." interestingly, the Florida Division of Corporations lists callaos' institute (named a little differently) as a for-profit organization. what a surprise!the saddest thing about this is that publishing at spamferences will actually hurt your career, yet many researchers don't really know what they are getting into. simply google cvs listing this conference and you'll see how successful the business seems to be (2260 hits)...

This is the problem with IEEE.

IEEE gives its name and its logo to many bogus conferences like:

Please take careful note of the information belowabout this IEEE Computational Complexity conferenceIt is another FAKE IEEE conference this time on Computational Complexity.

The organizers are academic criminals. Do NOT send these criminals any money.

Please send this warning on to your networks.Many young people have been defrauded lately - and we must work together to defeat such efforts.Use extreme caution when applying for conferences advertised by organizations unknown to you.What a Shame for the IEEE Computational Complexity Conference! two new bogus papers have been accepted in the for varieties ??????????by Zeev Dvir !!!andExtractors for Low-Weight Affine Sources ??????? byAnup RaoThe papers are absolutely fake papers.What a Shame for the IEEE Computational Complexity Conference!

See also some new information

A paper titled "Towards the Simulation of E-Commerce" by Herbert Schlangemann got accepted as a reviewed paper at the "International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering" (CSSE) and was briefly in the IEEE Xplore Database:

The author is named after the Swedish short film Der Schlangemann. Furthermore the author was invited to be a session chair during the conference[10].Read the official Herbert Schlangemann Blog for details

The official review comment: "This paper presents cooperative technology and classical Communication. In conclusion, the result shows that though the much-touted amphibious algorithm for the refinement of randomized algorithms is impossible, the well-known client-server algorithm for the analysis of voice-over- IP by Kumar and Raman runs in _(n) time. The authors can clearly identify important features of visualization of DHTs and analyze them insightfully. It is recommended that the authors should develop ideas more cogently, organizes them more logically, and connects them with clear transitions" In 2009, the same incident happened and Herbert Schlangemann's latest fake paper "PlusPug: A Methodology for the Improvement of Local-Area Networks" has been accepted for oral presentation at another international computer science conference

Recently, Denis Baggi, Chairman, (Computer Music) IEEE CS confessed, according to a comment on the Schlangemann Blog, that "Selection criteria such a refereeing etc. are meaningless", probably means that IEEE has accepted the unreliability and bogosity of its conferences. Denis Baggi also adds: "Articles should be written only if someone has something to tell others, in which case the validity of the paper is obvious".

Criticism concerning publishers

Recently, many fake papers appeared in several IEEE conferences, because the IEEE grants its name and its logo to many local organizers who supposedly do not conduct a thorough review process. It is being argued that such conferences only exist to make money out of researchers that are looking for a simple way to publish their work, in particular publishers like IARIA,, HIGHSCI and SRP appear questionable. As seen from their web sites, IARIA, HIGHSCI and SRP use the name of IEEE and the IEEE publishing services, thus attracting numerous papers. Some people to test some conference go further and sent the paper "A Statistical Method For Women That Can Help Our Sexual Education" in the IEEE Conference organized by IARIA. This paper received automatic acceptance within a few hours with simultaneous "command" of direct payment. Unfortunately this paper was not published because the authors did not pay the registration fee. However the letter of acceptance is published on the web and anybody can check it:,


  1. I have participated more than 10 times in IEEE conferences and my papers have been accepted immediately without any review.
    These conferences were organized by different guys each time.
    In one of them the organizer did not offer Banquet and offered only 1 coffee-break in the first day.
    He made many money from this conference that was held in Camberra some years ago

  2. Dear All,

    I have just received this about some fake IEEE conferences
    and some bogus ELSEVIER journals
    Please, forward it to appropriate persons. This is important

    Please, read:

    So, after the hundreds of fake IEEE Conferences that we found in the
    last years we have now the fake, junk journals of ELSEVIER)
    (Actually, all the conferences that are not organized by the IEEE
    itself, but from some other entity (Franchising IEEE System, more than 97% IEEE conferences are not
    organized by IEEE, but from its sub-contractors, Franchisees are bogus
    conferences, fake
    In 2008 and 2009, several computer generated (gibberish) conference
    articles, with
    fictitious authors, appeared in IEEE Xplore Data Base coming from many
    IEEE Sponsored
    events. Other poor quality conference articles have also, occasionally,
    appeared in IEEE
    Confererences and consequently in IEEE Xplore. The IEEE itself accepted (see
    s.html )that such articles hurted the reputation of IEEE and destroyed
    confidence in the
    quality of IEEE publications. IEEE tried to find solutions against this
    vulnerability but
    in vain, because much more bougus papers appeared in the next months (see and )

    So, 6 Journals with Impact Factor in ISI have been proved that were
    absolutely cooked
    from Elsevier

    How can we have reliability in ISI any longer and in the so-called
    Impact Factor?

    We must start the story from the beginning

    Merck cooked up a phony, but real sounding, peer reviewed journal and
    published favorably
    looking data for its products in them.

    Merck paid Elsevier to publish such a tome, which neither appears in
    MEDLINE or has a
    website, according to The Scientist. What's wrong with this is so
    obvious it doesn't have
    to be argued for. What's sad is that I'm sure many a primary care
    physician was given
    literature from Merck that said, "As published in Australasian Journal
    of Bone and Joint
    Medicine, Fosamax outperforms all other medications...." Said doctor, or
    even the average
    researcher wouldn't know that the journal is bogus. In fact, knowing
    that the journal is
    published by Elsevier gives it credibility! Update: It wasn't one fake
    journal. It was
    six fake journals. And as David reminds us, Elsevier is quite willing to
    play silly
    buggers with self-citing crackpots as long as they improve impact factors.
    Now tell me again: Why do we submit papers to, referee papers for, and
    buy journals from
    these people? Some sort of misplaced sense of loyalty? Or some sad
    combination of apathy
    and inertia? What will it take for the research community to cut
    Elsevier loose?
    Better alternatives, perhaps?

    Full disclosure: I'm a coauthor of a paper that is about to appear in
    the SOCG 2008
    special issue of CGTA, an Elsevier journal. If I'd been the sole author,
    I would have
    refused the invitation, but I don't have the right to unilaterally
    overrule my coauthors,
    especially the younger ones, who need the gold star in their CVs far
    more than I do. In
    retrospect, especially after reading this story, I wish we had refused
    the invitation. Or
    perhaps I should have just removed my name from the paper.

  3. See this link:
    The IEEE itself has already accepted that the majority of the IEEE Conferences have bogus papers in the proceedings

  4. Is the WORLDCOMP conference a fake? After having just returned from the WORLDCOMP'07 conference, I'm still undecided. Some of the sessions I went to were indeed of very low quality (non-academic and just plain nonsense), many seemed to lack substance but a few were quite good.

    I have also received emails from IAENG and IASTED, but I do not know the quality of these conferences, i.e. can you tell me if IAENG and IASTED conferences are good or bogus?

    Have you seen Scam on them or bogus (fake) papers like in IEEE?

  5. IASTED is bogus, their reviewing is terrible. They have been embarrassed many times.

  6. Today I got a wonderful email read as follows:
    (All those who are against scams, forward this post to related and relevant websites/blogs/forums.)

    Dear Researcher,

    We have seen your profile on and we pleased to request you to hold the position of Reviewer in the International Journal of Computer Vision and Multimedia.

    The International Journal of Computer Vision and Multimedia is a scholarly peer-reviewed international scientific journal published monthly, focusing on theories, methods, algorithms, and applications in computer vision and multimedia. It provide a high profile, leading edge forum for academic researchers, industrial professionals, engineers, consultants, managers, educators and policy makers working in the field to contribute and disseminate innovative new work on computer vision and multimedia.

    More information can be obtained from the official website:

    You can register using this link. Registration is free!
    Reviewers are also requested to send their CV to

    Researchers holding a PhD can also apply to be part of the editorial team.

    We hope to hear from you very soon.

    Maria Hollingsworth
    Journal Manager

    These people are real academic criminals trying to make money out of researchers! They set up a fake journal, populate it with some people's name and release CFP and ultimately their hands goes down to your pocket when it comes to register your papers!! They downloaded OJS which is an open source easily installed app, 10 mins configuration and they are done!

    The funny thing is that this guy happen to send me the email from his gmail a\c and just before that I guess he configured his GMail to use the "Send Mail As" option to make it as if the mail comes from the journal domain name host. I simply extracted the header of the mail and got the following:

    Delivered-To: {my email add here}
    Received: by with SMTP id n15cs31538wam;
    Wed, 23 Sep 2009 05:28:13 -0700 (PDT)
    Received-SPF: pass ( domain of designates as permitted sender) client-ip=;
    Received: by with SMTP id 29mt2033275agv.25.1253708890810; Wed, 23
    Sep 2009 05:28:10 -0700 (PDT)
    Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 04:28:10 -0800
    X-Google-Sender-Auth: 2dd18ebcc2b231bd
    Subject: Request for joining the International Journal of Computer Vision and
    Multimedia Services as Reviewer
    From: International Journal of Computer Vision and Multimedia Services
    -------------------------------------------------- is sending the fake emails and also violating someone else identity (thats identity theft), that of Maria Hollingsworth who claims to be the Journal Manager!

  7. My name is Arye Nehorai and I am IEEE Fellow

    My name is Arye Nehorai and I am IEEE Fellow
    I sent the follwoing email to IEEE , but i did not receive any answer

    "Arye Nehorai"
    "" , "" , "" , "" , "" ,, sales@IEEE.ORG
    "Arye Nehorai"


    Dear IEEE France, IEEE Malta and IEEE Greece,

    I wonder, if it is real that you sponsor all these conferences of IARIA
    For example, in every place that IARIA has a congress, it seems that has alreadyan agreement with the local IEEE. Is it true for your case?Example: Is the Greek Section of IEEE sponsor or not for these 2 conferences?

    and some other conferences in Greece that you can see through the portal

    The reason is that this IARIA Conferences have accepted many SCIgen, auto-generated papers (remember: papers Nagib Callaos style) and some sites have also posted the letter of acceptance of these fake papersAnyway, as a member of IEEE, this is only a caution for you because the IARIA name destroyes the reputation of IEEELooking forward for your replyNot only these are non-reviewed conferences, but they ask also from companies huge amounts of

    Look also this:

    If the IEEE in France was sponsor,

    then why didn't the IEEE france have a link to them?



  8. The journals are satisfatory quality and the editors are doing really good job:

    They are serving the community and deserve to earn something.

  9. see this body ACEEE is doing the same in india they are organizing a lot of conference througout the year and hoarding money from people here. The main culprit is VINU V DAS the CEO of engineers network that is promoting these things

    1. Its NOT true........ ACEEE is doing a good job, when I published a paper in one of their conference

  10. They accept ANYTHING you send them!! Want proof, try to send them some scigen paper and wait and watch! Funny!!

    Name of Account: Chandramah Appadoo
    Bank Name: National Westminster Bank
    IBAN: GB90NWBK60193932123191
    Swift Code: NWBKGB2L
    Sort Code: 60-19-39
    Bank Address: Southall Branch, 69 The broadway, Southall, Middlessex, UB1 1LD,UK

    Journal of Telecommunications (ISSN 2042-8839)

    Members of Editorial Board

    Dr. Francisco Barceló-Arroyo
    Associate Professor
    Department of Telematic Engineering
    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)

    Dr. Boris S. Verkhovsky
    Department of Computer Science
    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Dr. Jasvir Singh Kang
    Faculty of Engineering & Technology

    Department of Electronics Technology
    Guru Nanak Dev University

    Dr. Nirmalendu Bikas Sinha
    Department of ECE and EIE
    College of Engineering & Management
    K.T.P.P Township

    Dr. Farid Nait-Abdesselam
    Associate Professor
    Department of Computer Science - LIFL
    University of Lille, France

    Dr. Jaime Lloret Mauri
    Associate Professor
    Department of Communications
    Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

    Dr. Sattar B. Sadkhan
    Deputy Dean of Computer Techniques College
    University of Babylon - P.O.Box: Hilla-4: IRAQ
    Chairman of IEEE IRAQ Section

    Dr. Ali Abbas Ali
    Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    University of AI-ISRA, JORDAN

    Dr. Kasim Mousa Alwan AL-AUBIDY
    Dean, Faculty of Engineering
    Philadelphia University, JORDAN

  11. They keep on accepting all types of papers!! Send them Scigen papers and see your paper accepted!!

    Name of Account: Chandramah Appadoo
    Bank Name: National Westminster Bank
    IBAN: GB90NWBK60193932123191
    Swift Code: NWBKGB2L
    Sort Code: 60-19-39
    Bank Address: Southall Branch, 69 The broadway, Southall, Middlessex, UB1 1LD,UK

    Journal of Telecommunications (ISSN 2042-8839)

  12. IASTED victims14 June 2011 at 07:36

    IASTED has accepted also many SCIgen papers.
    Believe me, even now, if you send a SCIgen bogus paper to IASTED, you will receive an enthusiastic email with acceptance in IASTED bogus conference. IASTED also uses Spam and creates many problems to people that published their papers in some IASTED volume. Is anybody interested in posting more information about IASTED junk events?

  13. IASTED is a really bin with junk papers. Do not publish your papers in IASTED. Send them only junk SCIgen papers. They are criminals of academia

  14. Papageorgiou J.K.16 June 2011 at 05:33

    A New Fake, Junk, Bogus Conference of IASTED is going to be held in Crete, greece. The congressman Mr. Pericles Bourkas did not check any paper and any abstract and gave acceptance to any junk paper in IASTED volume.
    Impressive, but true!

    As you know Greece and greek Goverment did not recognize state MACEDONIA. Several Colleagues asked Prof. Bourkas how in a 50-papers IASTED conference inside Greece, you can have 2 papers
    from MACEDONIA and advertize the program on your site. Bourkas told that I did not check the Proceedings at all so "I am innocent". Means that from Greek national point of view this guy is innocent. But what about from the scientific point of view. Is he innocent? He had to check the quality of 50 papers. He confessed that he did not read any paper.
    This email was sent to Prof. Papageorgiou from another non-greek professor working in Greece.
    It is a real email and has been published in several blogs in Greece.

    If Professor Bourkas had checked at least the abstracts of the papers, then he would have understood that 2 papers came from a Country that Greece refuses until now his existence.

    So, Bourkas claimed that he did not read anything!

    This is the email

    Dear Mr. Papageorgiou

    I wonder how a scientific conference organized by a Professor of the Technical Univ. of Athens with several greek Professors
    in the committee did not see in a program of 50 scientific articles 2 papers from "MACEDONIA"

    Finally, is there any control in this conference?
    What is the role of a Professor of Technical University of Athens as Chairman?
    Is decorative?
    Was this IASTED conference a conference with reviewers or not?
    They have several professors from Greece in the program committee; if they do not check the countries of the authors,
    do they check the scientific quality of the papers?
    What is the Responsibility of Prof. Bourkas?


  15. Papageorgiou J.K.16 June 2011 at 05:34

    So, the congressman Bourkas is an academic criminal

  16. I agree with you Papageorgiou J.K.: IASTED is a gibberish publisher as we know....

  17. see this body ACEEE is doing the same in india they are organizing a lot of conference througout the year and hoarding money from people here. The main culprit is VINU V DAS the CEO of engineers network that is promoting these things

    1. ACEEE review and professional management of conference is commendable..... I have been in many conference from USA to Australia........ ACEEE is doing a good job.

    2. yes... ACEEE main aim is to get more money around 20k. They select even very simple and bad paper for money.. FAKE and stupid conference.. very waste journal... They do only for money..In a year they conduct around 40 conference in a year.. now you can see the quality of conference.. They do fake promise of publishing in springer... Dont believe them..

  18. Why are you so surprised? IASTED is a bogus conferences producer and has accepted many SCIgen fake papers. But everybody is aware (since 1980). I am an emeritus Professor and I know very well the criminal activites of IASTED and Hamza (owner of this garbage "society")

  19. IASTED is a good source of junk papers. I will never publish any paper in IASTED, because it will be a turn off in my future applications in serious universities in my country.

  20. I have sent 6 papers in IASTED conferences. All of them were published without any kind of real review. So, I assume that IASTED conferences do not have any review and publish papers from the ... pavement.

  21. A new fake IEEE Conference has been identified by some colleagues

  22. IASTED and IEEE conferences are fake

  23. Is there any of you who sends papers to conferences without checking the scientific reputation of the reviewers (TPC) first?

  24. IACSIT is bluff........ they accept all kinds of papers........ now they publish the papers in their own digital library which is not indexed anywhere............

  25. I once was reading a paper submitted by SEVEN authors all from china to IEEE china. I came across of this paper in 2011 and the paper was between one to two years old. Among many inconsistencies and poor grammar they had even spelled "data mining" as "DATE mining" in the abstract section ; this is like someone in the computer science field misspell the word, computer!!! The overall quality of this paper was VERY poor; you would imagine among the SEVEN authors they should catch the errors.

    I contacted the IEEE department and I explained the poor quality expressing that papers as such need to get rejected; flat out! An administrator who had no knowledge of computer science field gave a bogus reply to my email and refused to reply to my subsequent objections. I showed this paper to my advisor who is so hell-bent on "perfection" while so many get away with publishing such trash; my advisor was a editor in chief for IEEE for two years. She couldn't comment on it since they do not have a established standards.

  26. Look this IARIA is doing......... 100s of conferences in a year. FAKE conferences and Journals to make money. Mostly 7-10 conferences are combined to have a conference


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