Fake "scientific conferences"
Last week I wrote about the "World Congress of Agricultural Biotechnology", organized by BIT Life Sciences. They also claim to be planning several other conferences, including:
Low Carbon Earth Summit
World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology
World Congress of Petroleum Greentech
World Congress of Forensics
World Cancer Congress
Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology
Congress of Immunodisease and Therapy
Here's another blog post on conference invitations from BIT Life Sciences.
This week, EPS Global Medical Development Inc. is inviting everyone I know to speak at "Shijiazhuang International Forum on Life Science and Biotechnology" and "Nanjing International Forum on Rehabilitation Medicine." Their scam is a little more sophisticated than BIT Life Sciences. They use an address in Canada and refer to an actual published paper by the "invited speaker." Most recipients will probably recognize this as spam, since they are sending it to people whose research has nothing to do with the topic of the "conference." But, just by chance, some of the recipients may actually work in biotechnology or rehabilitation medicine and think they were invited to speak based on their scientific expertise. There's more discussion of similar spam from EPS Global Medical Development Inc.here.
It's safe to assume that a conference whose "invited speakers" are whoever replied to random emails won't be of particularly high quality.
If you get an invitation to a conference in your field, how can you tell if it's legitimate? Real scientific conferences will have organizing committees consisting of individually identifiable scientists with strong publication records. It might be a good idea to check with one or more of them, though, in case the organizers are using their name without permission. For example, does it seem a bit odd that all of the "confirmation letters" from Nobelists who supposedly agreed to speak at a BIT Life Sciences conference have identical wording and all are on conference letterhead rather than that of the individual scientist's institution?