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

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