Information Regarding CBEES Conferences

Information Regarding CBEES Conferences  

  By: KANDI SRIDHAR on Sept. 30, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

Dear All:

I am interested to know about CBEES conferences (www.cbees.org). I am planning to submit an abstract to attend 2019, 6th International Conference on Food Security and Nutrition (ICFSN 2019) - http://www.icfsn.org/index.html. Can I trust CBEES conferences to present and publish my research work? I am looking for your suggestions and experiences with CBEES. Is it predatory conference?  I would like to take some advises from researchers, who attend their conferences.

Thank you

Regards,

Kandi

Re: Information Regarding CBEES Conferences  

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 6, 2018, 8:07 a.m.

Dear Kandi,

Thanks for this question. Despite the attractive website, I would not sign up for this conference.

There are tens of thousands of fake or low quality conferences advertised on the internet, or via email and so researchers need to be very careful and critically-minded about choosing suitable events. I think this is one of those dubious conferences.

I would only take an 'international' conference seriously if it is CLEARLY associated with a well-known society (national, regional or international), or a well-known university or research institute. Alternatively, if you recognise the keynote speakers, or if your colleagues have been to the conference previously and recommend it - these are good indicators too.

If I am unsure of the quality of a conference, I usually look at the programme and the details/pictures from the previous conference. Let's look at these for ICFSN:

  • Programme (http://www.icfsn.org/prog.html) - the conference is only one day! The second day is a tourist trip. That's a bad sign. Often these fake conferences advertise tourist activities to lure in prospective attendees.
  • Previous conferences (http://www.icfsn.org/photo.html). Look at the number of people in the group photos. This is not an 'international' conference, it is a small gathering of researchers at best. You have to ask yourself whether this type of event would be useful for learning or networking if all you are doing is sharing a conference room with 20 other people for one day.

Furthermore, the conference promises publication in a dubious quality journal (International Journal of Food Engineering), which does not look trustworthy at all. I'm not sure how peer review fits in here!

Well done for identifying that CBEES are the organisation behind this conference - it took me a while to follow the links and work this out! Looking at their website ( www.cbees.org ) they do not look like a credible organisation - they seem to be commercial conference organisers, not a scientific or scholarly association!

In conclusion, I think you should look for a better conference to present your research.

See also these links on what to look out for when choosing a conference:

https://www.authoraid.info/en/news/details/1156/
https://thinkcheckattend.org/

Let me know if you have any questions

Andy

Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator


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Re: Information Regarding CBEES Conferences  

  By: KANDI SRIDHAR on Oct. 6, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

Dear Andy:

Thank you for your message and valuable suggestions.

I have also contacted some of other researcher(s), who attend CBEES conference(s). I wish to mention his experience in attending CBEES conferences. This message is to alert the researchers in selecting or attending fake or low-quality conferences in future.

His message as below:

Hi Kandi,

I have attended their last conference in April 2018 held in Bali, Indonesia.

The conference was just okay.

They mentioned that the conference is 3 days, however, first day is for registration only, and last day for trip around the city, which left you with only one day for real conference. Attendees are not that much also, so that it is not the good chance to expand your contacts, and to meet the expertise in your field. so......if u asked me whether I would to attend their conferences again or no... I will prefer not to attend...with the budget that you can spend for this conference, you can attend a more professional and advanced one

Hence, I would recommend you to look for other conferences.

 

Regards,

Kandi

Re: Information Regarding CBEES Conferences  

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 6, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Dear Kandi,

Thank you - this is excellent investigative work and confirms our suspicions!  The critical part is the observation about lack of opportunity to expand contacts and discover new expertise in your field - which you would expect at a real international conference.

Andy

Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator