Saturday, 17 March 2012

Intimidation attempts prove that WORLDCOMP is a scam

We have been unable to find any “John Brown” associated with Worldcomp. Worldcomp seems to consist of some 22 separate sessions (or conferences) with around 100 – 150 papers per conference. This would suggest some $1 to 1.5 million being collected each year by the organisers from the authors. Actual costs are probably minimal.
6th March: It would seem that the University of Georgia is not amused. The Worldcomp 2012 website now carries a specific disclaimer (8th March The position of the disclaimer has been shifted down to become much less prominent – it is only visible when scrolling down) on Professor Hamid Arabnia’s contact page stating that

“the congress is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with University of Georgia”
But of course Worldcomp remains – perhaps unwittingly – partly legitimised by virtue of Arabnia’s employment as “Professor” at the University of Georgia.

We received a long protesting email today from a certain Dr. John Brown (sent twice) which is posted in full in the comments. He claims “copyright” on his email which itself is a little odd — ktwop

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Worldcomp seems to be a “fake” conference which makes a lot of money for its organisers by preying on students and researchers (and unscrupulous supervisors of research) who are desperate to get published – even if only in the Proceedings of this fake conference. It seems that no review – apart from copy-editing – is done. Payment of registration fees is sufficient for publication. While a venue (Las Vegas) exists and the minimum necessary is done to show that the conference was held, there seem to be few sessions and even fewer presentations. All the participants get a conference dinner but are generally left to find their own amusement (which is not difficult to do in Las Vegas)!!

Professor Hamid Arabnia must hold some kind of record in the number of fake(?) conferences he organises (always in Las Vegas it seems).


Another email reported these:
I was a Ph.D. student in Asia few years back. My university requirement was that I (the student) should publish two papers in order to submit the synopsis and thesis (dissertation). One of my friends informed me that WORLDCOMP gives guaranteed acceptance and he also recently got his Ph.D. by publishing in WORLDCOMP. ….

I enjoyed the casinos in Las Vegas. I liked the conference banquet (dinner). Although I was at the venue, I didn’t present my paper in WORLDCOMP because there was no one to invite me in my session and there was no one to listen to my speech also. I noticed that few other sessions were barely running with few attendees. It looks many attendees came there just to see Las Vegas. However, I received a presentation certificate from Professor Hamid Arabnia ……

I met more than ten people from my country and nearby countries and we instantly became friends and we really enjoyed watching Las Vegas. When I enquired individually, all these friends informed me that their papers were also accepted without modifications in WORLDCOMP. They were feeling proud because they were thinking that their research was great (and that’s why the papers were accepted without modifications). But now I understand the bitter truth behind this: there was no review in WORLDCOMP.


Hamid Arabnia image from http://www.cs.uga.edu/~hra/
Resorting to intimidation is proof positive for me that WORLDCOMP is nothing more than a fake conference. Hamid Arabnia seems to be anexpert at using fake conferences (about 28 of them) to generate his income. He is a Professor at the Universty of Georgia.His CV is quite amazing and he does seem to have spent a lot of time in Las Vegas.

But squeezing registration fees out of Asian students is probably a much more lucrative and less risky pastime than other activities in Las Vegas.

8 comments:

  1. Worldcomp and the University of Georgia
    Update! 11th March 2012

    Usman Reza points out in a comment that:

    As of March 11, 2012, both Hamid Arabnia’s name and the disclaimer “the congress is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with University of Georgia” disappeared from the ‘Contact’ page of WORLDCOMP’12. As of now WORLDCOMP’12 has no person name and no physical address to contact!

    The page now reads:

    Last modified 2012-03-10 15:02

    Questions/Inquiries should be sent to:

    Email: editor@world-comp.org

    =================================

    The allegations that the Worldcomp conferences are “fake” have been receiving attention on various blogs. The key individual in organising these “conferences” is Professor Hamid Arabnia of the University of Georgia. Whereas the Worldcomp site carries a very discrete disclaimer (which you now have to scroll down to be able to see) that “the congress is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with University of Georgia.“, the University of Georgia website as of today returns 12 entries to a “Worldcomp” search WORLDCOMP on UGeorgia webiste. There are no disclaimers on the University of Georgia website denying any assocaition with the Worldcomp conferences. It would be appropriate – and ethically correct if not legally necessary – for the University to disassociate itself from Worldcomp on its own website

    This suggests that the University of Georgia is well aware of Professor Hamid Arabnia’s connections with the allegedly “fake” Worldcomp conferences. So while they must have insisted that the Worldcomp site make the above discrete disclaimer to ensure that the University cannot be blamed for any of the failings of the conference, they do not seem to be averse to one of their professors engaging in what seems to be a somewhat dubious – but no doubt highly lucrative – activity. More like a CYA requirement than any ethical positioning by the University. It is a reasonable presumption that the University actually tacitly supports Hamid Arabnia’s “initiatives”.

    But a Google search of “University of Georgia + Worldcomp” still gives 52,900 results and this certainly encourages the perception that there is an association between the two. The small-print disclaimer on the Worldcomp website is not that easy to find unless you specifically look for it.

    Even if the University encourages its Professors to have outside interests, the type of activities their Professors turn to must be of at least passing interest to the University and its ethical standards. If the University of Georgia truly wishes to distance itself from these “fake” Worldcomp conferences they will need to have the disclaimer prominently visible on their own website.

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  2. UGA + worldcomp has generated another 35,100 results for me by Google!

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  3. To the University of Georgia (UGA) officials,

    Please read the blog above. Also read the information at: http://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1 and http://ktwop.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/intimidation-attempts-prove-that-worldcomp-is-a-scam/ I don’t think these are the kinds of honors a professor has to bring to his parent university!

    I ask UGA to let everyone know what actions it has taken on Hamid Arabnia for cheating the public (about paper reviews, acceptance rates, reviewers, etc) for over ten years and for collecting millions of dollars as registration fee, by using UGA name on the fake conference (WORLDCOMP) website

    Refer to the UGA website http://askuga.uga.edu/default.asp?id=987&SID=&Lang=1 for fraud. Also refer to https://sacs.uga.edu/compliance/p3.2.3.html for ethics. Hamid Arabnia violated several of these.

    We ask UGA officials, particularly the Dean, Provost and President, and the Ethics committee and Fraud prevention committees on what basis you allowed Hamid Arabnia to use UGA name on these conference websites at the expense of the reputation of this great university? ……

    Search the internet with Hamid Arabnia + fake conference OR worldcomp + fake conference and see the results you get. Even high school students know about this fake conference and they are laughing!

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  4. By the way

    The IEEE organized a Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
    This IEEE conference was very funny or dubious.
    Why? Because they distributed prizes, certificates, etc... to all.
    It was like a Super Market Conference. Very funny really.
    Many people at that time (2008) had received an email from IEEE telling them that they would received a GOLD certificate. Some delegate that was only a graduate student in Psychology and did not know anything about IEEE received it and sent to us.
    We visited their web site
    http://www.prime.boun.edu.tr/index.html
    and we discovered in their announcement (pdf format) that
    "10% of the participants will take gold diploma,
    20% will take silver diploma and 30% will receive bronze diploma"

    http://www.prime.boun.edu.tr/index.html
    http://www.prime.boun.edu.tr/CFP_prime2008.pdf

    This delegate of Psycology told us

    "They claim that my paper in Psychology will appear in their Data Base of
    Electrical Engineering.
    I think that if I write a paper about the Libido of Electrons or
    if I prove that the electrical wires of my television are in love with me
    (i am a girl) then the IEEE will publish it."

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  5. Hamid Arabnia has just sent me an email defending the fake WORLDCOMP with these arguments

    MEASURABLE SCIENTIFIC IMPACT OF PROCEEDINGS:

    The conference proceedings enjoy a high number of citations. As of
    March 2012, papers published in each track of the proceedings have
    received the following number of citations: 252 citations to BIOCOMP
    papers; 116 to CDES papers; 65 to CGVR papers; 55 to CSC papers; 271 to
    DMIN papers; 69 to EEE papers; 1,286 to ERSA papers; 504 to ESA papers;
    176 to FCS papers; 9,408 to FECS papers; 157 to GCA papers; 75 to GEM
    papers; 2,172 to ICAI papers; 1,529 to ICOMP papers; 1,247 to ICWN papers;
    571 to IKE papers; 255 to IPCV papers; 137 to MSV papers; 5,239 to PDPTA
    papers; 496 to SAM papers; 1,390 to SERP papers; and 177 to SWWS papers.
    In total, over 25,600 citations have been made (so far) to papers
    published in the proceedings of this federated joint conferences. Refer
    to the URLs below to see the actual citation numbers (each is a link to
    a live search and so it may take a few seconds for the data to pull up):

    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1816/biocomp-bioinformatics-&-computational-biology
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1845/cdes-international-conference-on-computer-design/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1852/cgvr-international-conference-on-computer-graphics-and-virtual-reality/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1887/csc-international-conference-on-scientific-computing/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1920/dmin-int-conf-on-data-mining/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1891/csreaeee-international-conference-on-e-business-enterprise-information-systems-e-government/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/679/ersa-engineering-of-reconfigurable-systems-and-algorithms/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/681/esa-embedded-systems-and-applications/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1981/fcs-international-conference-on-foundations-of-computer-science/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1983/fecs-conference-on-frontiers-in-education/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/1998/gca-international-conference-on-grid-computing-and-applications/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/2467/gem-international-conference-on-genetic-and-evolutionary-methods/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/7/ic-ai-international-conference-on-artificial-intelligence/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/5/icomp-international-conference-on-internet-computing/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/48/icwn-international-conference-on-wireless-networks/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/65/ike-information-and-knowledge-engineering/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/2114/ipcv-international-conference-on-image-processing-computer-vision-and-pattern-recognition/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/2209/msv-int-conf-on-modeling-simulation-&-visualization-methods/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/214/pdpta-parallel-and-distributed-processing-techniques-and-applications/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/332/sam-security-and-management/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/361/serp-software-engineering-research-and-practice/
    http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Conference/2308/swws-conference-on-semantic-web-and-web-services/

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  6. Gosh, just found the footprint of the person who is sending all of these comments about worldcomp. This appears to be the person behind it: www.cis.famu.edu/~prasad

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    1. Ghosh, it appears that Hamid Arabnia is using WORLDCOMP as an excuse to accuse people he doesn’t like.

      See http://research.cs.wisc.edu/dbworld/messages/2012-03/1333045502.html for the list of persons that were accused.

      See http://www.sites.google.com/site/worlddump1 for WORLDCOMP’s status.

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  7. An unbelievably big number of issues of IEEE Transactions host IEEE Conference
    Proceedings as they are. These "papers" are not extended papers of some papers published in an IEEE Conference. They are the papers of the conference.

    They are the plain conference proceedings wrapped as IEEE Journals.
    This is the biggest IEEE scandal of all epochs


    In some other cases, we have found many IEEE journal publications, masquerading as conference proceedings, jamborees, and suchlike, but they are publications, and they do overlap with other publications to the extent that many should be retracted.

    It seems that in that world you can get 2-for-1 publications. Just pay the fee!

    Copy and past any of the publication codes individually below into the journal box in this site:

    http://spore.vbi.vt.edu/dejavu/duplicate/search/

    Set the "which" box to "both".

    Press the "search" button.

    Each time you will generate a list of highly overlapping publications.

    IEEE PROC NANOBIOTECHNOL
    IEEE TRANS BIOMED ENG
    IEEE TRANS IMAGE PROCESS
    IEEE TRANS INF TECHNOL BIOMED
    IEEE TRANS MED IMAGING
    IEEE TRANS NANOBIOSCIENCE
    IEEE TRANS NEURAL NETW
    IEEE TRANS NEURAL SYST REHABIL ENG
    IEEE TRANS PATTERN ANAL MACH INTELL
    IEEE TRANS REHABIL ENG
    IEEE TRANS SYST MAN CYBERN B CYBERN
    IEEE TRANS ULTRASON FERROELECTR FREQ CONTROL
    IEEE TRANS VIS COMPUT GRAPH
    IEEE/ACM TRANS COMPUT BIOL BIOINFORM
    IEEE TRANS CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

    If you write to IEEE it is a wild-goose chase and they do nothing.

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