Monday, May 22, 2017

Saint Peters Engineering College (SPEC)

Saint Peter's Engineering College seems real enough, but its conference marketing leaves something to be desired.  The spam from Hyderabad contains an absurd confidentiality notice, and the conference website (5/22/17) includes the slogan "Giving Wings to Thought" and the observation that "The conference also providing facilities for discussing between various participants to improve their knowledge, research ability and group works/collaboration works." It also includes a picture of a Springer journal, with the caption "Publication Partner" although the connection between the conference and the journal seems to be more aspirational rather than actual -- "About Conference" section explains that "The proceedings of the conference will be submitted to springer journal - Global Social Welfare."
Email
From: Yamini S [mailto:kl1@icicc.co.in]
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 2:44 AM
To: contact@aheei.co.in
Subject: [SPAM?]
Respected Author(s), Greetings from St. Peter’s Engineering College. We are happy to inform you regarding our International Conference on "Current Research on Human Rights and Social Justice (CRHS-2017)”. In the course of 26th to 28th October. All the approved papers are planning to submit in Springer Journal of "Global Social Welfare". Deadline for Abstract/Full paper submission extended: 05th June 2017. Please know us at: http://ow.ly/Y3tH30bVem. Please find the complete details of Journal as attached below. [There was an attached Word document that I chose not to open.]
[No signature line]
Disclaimer: This email and any file(s) transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named.If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)

Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) may not be in the predatory camp, but it is resorting to spam to advertise itself. It tries to insert the following reply to postings on the Forensic Science, Statistics, and the Law blog:
thank you for your useful information we hope from you to visit our new website Jordan University http://www.ju.edu.jo
This generic reply then gives links to JUST's faculties of medicine, arts, law, business, and science.

I saw only one conference listed on JUST's webpages. The "Second international conference on Advanced Materials: ICAM-2017" may be a bargain. The registration fee of $600 includes accommodation "for 4 nights in 4-star hotel," conference materials, transportation from/to the airport, lunches, dinner, free trips to Jerash and Umm Qais. But the description of the conference itself reads a lot like those from predatory conference organizers. It fills in the template "After the success of the first [name of conference] held in [city name], it was decided to continue the [conference]. The main goal of the conference is to bring together [types of professionals] and to provide a platform for [types of professionals] from all over the world to present their research results and development activities." On the other hand, some bona fide conference organizers use similar language.

We also are told that "All submitted papers will be peer reviewed, and the accepted papers will be published in a special issue of a Scopus Indexed Journal. The journal offers open access to the publications which make the proceedings available to a wider readership." The open-access publisher is not named.

The Invited Speakers webpage (5/16/17) begins, "To be announce later on the conference website" but then lists "Cofirmed Speakers." The US ones are
○ Prof. Dr. Renat Sabirianov, ​University of Nebraska at Omaha
○ Prof. Mark Hernandez, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado
○ Prof. Dr. Vinka Oyanedel-Craver, University of Rhode Island
○ Prof. Isabel C. Escobar Ph.D., Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, and
○ Prof. Dr. Laura Schifman, NRC Associate at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sunday, May 14, 2017

European Conference on Science, Art and Culture (ECSAC)

According to the website, this "conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the world." This domain is more or less anything you can imagine, since it is nothing less than all of "science, art, and culture." But the breathtaking scope of the conference does not preclude a well-organized affair: "The conference will cover important issues in Scientific Research under various sub-themes." As of 5/14/17, there is no program, and there are no speakers and no accepted papers. (Actually, this is an improvement over sites that give a program with speaker names before even checking with the putative speakers.)

The conference venue is "Prague, Czechia at the Vienna House Diplomat Prague Hotel," but "[t]he official languages of the Conference are English and Turkish." The organizer "For Scientific Issues" is "Assist. Prof. Dr. Atilla Atik, atilla@ecsac.org," at "Adress: Inonu University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Landscape Architecture." The "Scientific and Arts Committee" includes (from North America):
Prof. Andrew Kusiak, PhD., The University of Iowa, USA.
Prof. Aris Carastathis, PhD., Lakehead University, CANADA.
Prof. Craig Walker, PhD., Queen’s University, CANADA.
Prof. Guy Boy, PhD., Florida Institute of Technology, USA [who is University Professor & Dean of the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art at FIT].
Prof. Robert L. Elliott, PhD., Tennessee State University, USA.
Prof. William Moylan, PhD., UMass Lowell, USA.
Assoc. Prof. Edward Turgeon, PhD., Algoma University, CANADA.
The ecsac.org domain is registered to Mustafa Ergat, Burhaniye Mah. Enveriye Sk. No:59/A, Istanbul, Uskudar, Turkey, +90.2163182200.The "Organization Company" for the conference is "Nera Event, Burhaniye Mah. Enveriye Sk. Palmiye Evleri No:59/A Üsküdar, Istanbul," whose motto is "feel what we show."
Email
4/13/17, from Deneme (atilla@ecsac.org): Invitation to Scientific Committee of "European Conference on Science, Art & Culture" (ECSAC)
Dear Colleague, We would like to invite you to the Scientific Committee of "European Conference on Science, Art & Culture" (ECSAC'17) to be held in Prague, Czechia from 19 to 22 October 2017 at the Vienna House Diplomat Prague Hotel. "European Conference on Science, Art & Culture" provides an ideal academic platform for researchers to present the latest developments, research findings, ideas, and applications about all aspects of science and culture. The purpose of this conference is to come together with scientific studies scholars working in different disciplines, to exchange knowledge and experiences and thus to prepare the ground for multidisciplinary studies. The conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the world.
Prof. Hasan Arapgirlioglu, PhD., Conference Chairman, Inonu University, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Malatya-TURKEY
Assist. Prof. Atilla Atik, PhD., Conference Secretary, Inonu University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Landscape Architecture, IU Main Campus/ 44280 / MALATYA-TURKEY, Phone: +90 422 377 316

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP)

SCIRP is a questionable publisher that uses conferences (mostly in China) to supply articles. For example, the website (4/27/17) for the Fifth International Conference on Catalysis explains that "This Conference will cover issues on Catalysis." That's good to know. It also states that
It dedicates to creating a stage for exchanging the latest research results and sharing the advanced research methods. ICC 2017 is held by Engineering Information Institute, sponsored by Scientific Research Publishing and The 1000 Think Tank. This Conference will cover issues and advances on Catalysis. Guilin, 'East or west, Guilin landscape is best!'
The Engineering Information Institute is another (or the same?) Chinese conference organizer. Scientific Research Publishing = SCIRP. The 1000 Think Tank is another Chinese organization. If you can read Mandarin, the About Us page should tell you more.
Email
4/21/17 (from ws_icc@etplaca.com): Dear Colleagues, ICC 2017 will be held from August 23 to 25, 2017 in Guilin, China. This Conference will cover issues on Catalysis. [Given that this is the 5th International Conference on Catalysis, one would think so.] It will bring together researchers, engineers, technicians and academicians from all over the world, and we cordially invite you to take this opportunity to join us for academic exchange and visit the city of Guilin. ... All the accepted papers will be published by "Journal of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering" (ISSN: 2327-6045), a peer-reviewed open access journal that can ensure the widest dissemination of your published work. ... Thank you very much for your attention and best regards, Organizing Committee

Monday, April 17, 2017

Greetings from Forensic Science!!

As noted earlier, Scientific Federation is an "abode for researchers" with a "devoted team [that] is very much proficient to organize the international conferences." The website (2/8/17) for the World Conference and Exhibition on Forensic Science offers a
Welcome to all Renowned Personalities!!! Scientific Federation look forward to welcoming delegates to attend World Conference and Exhibition on Forensic Science during May 15-17, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which will bring together world leaders in their respective fields in the fascinating environment of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It informs us that
Forensic science is an umbrella term that has various areas under it. Forensic science would serve as an enlightening source for multidisciplinary area that monitors and encompasses law, investigation for network hacking, DNA analysis, Fingerprinting & Analysis, Forensic Sex assessment, digital forensics, digital data recovery and data reconstruction, Forensic Psychology, forensic graphology, cyber crimes, forensic technologies.
According to the Scientific Federation, as of 2/8/17, the organizing committee consists of
Jianye Ge, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Laura Liptai, BioMedical Engineering, University of California
Warrick Brewer, University of Melbourne, Australia
Jian Tie, Nihon University School of Medicine, Japan
Jorg Kreuter, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Germany
Mitchell S. Albert, Lakehead University, Canada
Alberto Chisvert, University of Valencia, Spain, and
Sheila M Willis, Forensic Science Laboratory, Ireland
Other than Laura Liptai, I have not tried to look up these individuals. The biography provided on the website for Dr, Liptai includes material on a different person:
The Honorable Stephanie Domitrovich has served 27 years as a general jurisdiction state trial judge of the Sixth Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Erie County). She works at Gannon University as a fully committed adjunct faculty member in the Legal Studies Program. She received her J.D. from Duqesne University of Law in 1979. She holds a Ph.D. in Judicial Studies from University of Nevada, Reno and the National Judicial College. She is a member of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, American Psychology-Law Society and a Fellow and Chair of the Jurisprudence Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Dr. Liptai herself is the head of a private consulting firm, Biomedical Forensics, in San Francisco and Orlando. Her C.V. lists an unspecified affiliation with the University of California at Davis. The campus directory identifies her as a visiting professor there. Her C.V. also lists among her "honors" the following book (of which she was not an author):
“Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition”
National Academy of Sciences Reviewer of the Reference Guide on Engineering
The manual is developed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Federal Judicial Center (FJC). The National Academy of Sciences is a society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted by Congress in 1863, the National Academy of Science has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. The Federal Judicial Center, established by Congress in 1967 (28 U.S.C. §§ 620-629), is the research and education agency of the federal judicial system responsible for continuing education and training for federal judges, court employees, and others as well as conducting research on behalf of the federal judiciary. 2010
Email
  • 1/19/17: Dear Dr.David H. Kaye, Greetings from Forensic Science!! We Cordially invite you to be a speaker at our upcoming “World Conference and Exhibition on Forensic Science” (Forensic Science-2017) on May 15-17, 2017 which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Forensic Science will focus on “Modern Improvements in Forensic Science for Combating Crime". All the accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference book. ... We request you to kindly avail this opportunity to share your scientific excellences and be a part of the esteemed conference as soon as possible. ... Awaiting your swift and favourable response. Best regards, Swapna, Forensic Science-2017, Scientific Federation, Phone: +91-779-979-000
  • 4/17/17, 4/24/17: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings from Forensic Science!! The purpose of this letter is to formally notify you, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, We Cordially invite you to be a speaker at our upcoming “World Conference and Exhibition on Forensic Science” (Forensic Science) on May 15-17, 2017 which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Forensic Science will focus on “Modern Improvements in Forensic Science for Combating Crime Sector ". For more information about the conference, PS: http://scientificfederation.com/forensic-science-2017/ Awaiting for your swift and favourable response. Best regards, Swapna K Forensic Science Conference Program Co-Ordinator T: +91-779-979-0002 E: forensic_science@scientificfederation.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Variant of the Protection Against Women & Children from Violence Scam?

The email below from "Dr. Kate Morgan, Event Director," is extremely fishy -- no organization, no website, a gmail address, a melange of topics, and a "Symposium Meeting" at an unspecified locale in "Texas." It could be a scam to get passport numbers. See http://www.uia.org/content/9631 (on the Protection Against Women & Children from Violence scam).
Email
Dear Sir/Madam,
It is my pleasure to invite you and colleagues to attend the 2017, Symposium meeting on Child & Women's Protection, Rapist & forced marriage, Political Crisis & Human Violence, Economic growth & Global Security. The 2017 Symposium Meeting will be taking place from June 26th - 30th June 2017 in Texas United States.
The sponsors of this event shall cover your round-trip air tickets from your country to the USA and back to your country and we shall also provide visa assistance with the U.S Embassy in your country of residence. The hotel accommodation booking cost will be your own responsibility. Please contact the conference registration for more information and registration is open and free for all interested delegate. Register now via E-mail: intregistrationdesk@zoho.com
We hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!
Dr. Kate Morgan, E-mail: katemorgant90@gmail.com, Event Director

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SASI Institute of Technology & Engineering

From the Institute's webpage (unaltered):
What began as a small school in with a 9 students in a small village in West Godavari has created a sensation in the field of education by winning national and state awards as well as ranks in JEE-IIT and EAMCET. The very name SASI instills confidence in the minds of many anxious parents aspiring students in and around the Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh with its strong roots in West and East Godavari districts is imparting.

SASI has created its own brand image for the values it follows. Sasi Educational Society with its strong roots in West and East Godavari districts is imparting quality education for over 34 years. The total students strength of all the institutions run by the society is about 14000 What began as a small school in with a 9 students in a small village in West Godavari has created a sensation in the field of education by winning national and state awards as well as ranks in JEE-IIT and EAMCET The very name SASI instills confidence in the minds.
Email
I am getting several emails a week (as of 3/30/16) for the IET-IEEE-3rd EEECOS Conference. Although papers from "all the fields of Engineering, Science and Technology" can be submitted as late as two weeks before the conference and "authors (outside India) who are unable to attend the conference can also be present the paper through online," they "will be published by IET and also submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore Digital Library."

As if that were not enough, SASI is advertising (4/6/16) another conference in June. The proposed content is confusing. On the one hand, "[t]he primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Communication, Signal Processing, Power, Intelligent, Embedded System and Data Analytic." On the other, "[p]apers are welcome from all the fields of Engineering, Science and Technology."

Apparently, this "all of science and technology" conference regardless of the name of the conference is SASI's modus operandi. As of 4/29/16, its "International Conference on Electrical, Electronics, Engineering Trends, Communication, Optimization and Sciences (EEECOS/E3COS)-2016," to be held June 1-2, also is open to papers "from all the fields of Engineering, Science and Technology" -- and "authors (outside India) who are unable to attend the conference can also be present the paper through online (video presentation)."