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