Walking the talk - how can HIFA members reduce global aviation emissions? (10) Think. Check. Attend. Your guide to avoiding predatory conferences

14 January, 2020

(with thanks to Ginny Barbour and her blog 'editing, ethics, OA, other')

See also my note below on 'ethical research communication'...

Introduction below. Read in full: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/01/30/think-check-at...

Website: https://thinkcheckattend.org/

'Predatory conferences (conferences promoted to fraudulently make money from attendance fees) are becoming an increasingly common part of academic life. In this post, Mohamad Mostafa presents the Think. Check. Attend. initiative, which provides academics with an easy to use checklist to ascertain if a conference is legitimate or predatory.

'As an academic, you have probably received many invitation emails asking you to attend conferences. When you come across these emails, you may ask yourself: how do I know if this conference is legitimate? Maybe it is just a spam invitation seeking to collect registration fees for a conference that doesn’t exist, or maybe it is the real thing? How do you even differentiate between an authentic conference and a fraudulent one? Is there any guidance on how to figure this out?...'

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Note from Neil PW: We learn from the website that 'The initiative has been introduced by Knowledge E, and we welcome any support or collaboration from fellow organizations across the scholarly community who share our aim of improving ethical communication of academic research results and building a more knowledgeable world'.

However, I do not see anything on the website about the environmental damage associated with air travel for international conferences. To fulfil their stated remit of 'improving ethical communication of academic research results and building a more knowledgeable world' I have written to them to encourage their support for fewer, higher-quality physical conferences and more investment in virtual conferencing and virtual communities of practice (such as HIFA).

Best wishes, Neil

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