Friday, September 22, 2017

IIIS Seeks "Trandisciplinarity" and "Co-regulative Cybernetic Loops"

A paragraph "About Us" states that "Integration is a main purpose of the international Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) "• Integration among disciplines: Inter-Disciplinary Research, Education, and Communication. • Integration of Academic Activities: Research, Education, and Consulting/Real life Problem solving.• Integration among Academy, Industry, and Society." What this means is that "Consequently, IIIS organizes multidisciplinary conferences ... ." The "Current Main Purpose" is turgid:
A main purpose ... is to foster knowledge integration processes, interdisciplinary communication, and integration of academic Activities. Based on 1) the trandisciplinarity of the systemic approach along with its essential characteristic of emphasizing relationships and integrating processes, and 2) on the multidisciplinary support of informatics concepts, notions, theories, technologies, and tools, the IIIS has been organizing in its initial phase multidisciplinary conferences as a platform for fostering inter-disciplinary communication and knowledge integration processes. In many senses, Intra- and Inter-disciplinary Communications are polar opposites. They do not contradict, but complement, each other. Table 1 schematically contrasts characteristics of both kinds of academic communication. Up to the present, the IIIS has been using the format of conversational sessions to support interdisciplinary communications processes. Table 2 schematically contrasts characteristics of both kinds of academic communications. As a second phase, IIIS is starting a process of written interdisciplinary communication via special issues in its journals, short monographs, multiple author books, etc. Multi-disciplinary conferences are organized by the IIIS as support for both intra- and inter-disciplinary communication. Processes of intra-disciplinary communication are mainly achieved via traditional paper presentations in corresponding disciplines, while conversational sessions regarding trans- and interdisciplinary topics are means for inter-disciplinary communications. Intra- and inter-disciplinary communications might generate co-regulative cybernetic loops, via negative feedback, and synergic effects, via positive feedback loops, in which both kinds of communications could increase their respective effectiveness. Figure 1 shows at least two cybernetic loops ...
Loopy indeed.

The "institute" appears be located in Caracas. A web page gives a "postal address" of 13750 West Colonial Dr, Suite 350 - 408 Winter Garden, Florida 34787 U.S.A., but the domain iiis.org is registered to Int'l Inst. of Informatics & Systemics, Torre Prof. La California, Suite PH-4, Av. Fco. de Miranda, La California Norte, Caracas, Venezuela, +58.2129621325, IIIS-Adm@iiis.org. Thespam includes another Caracas address.
Email
Date: 9/22/17, 2:22 am
From: PISTA 2018 <cfp-summer@mail.iiisconf2018.org>
Subject: 1st CFP - Politics and Informatics (July 8-11, 2018)
Please consider contributing by submitting an article to the Special Track on Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: PISTA 2018 (http://www.2018iiisconf.org/pista), being organized in the context of the 12th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics, and Informatics (IMSCI 2018), to be held on July 8 - 11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, USA, jointly with:
• The Special Track on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics: SOIC 2018
• The Special Track on Qualitative Research, Modeling, and Methodologies: QRMSE 2018
• The Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: SIE 2018
• The 22nd World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2018
The respective web sites of the above events and the others being jointly organized can be found at the general CFP posted at: http://www.2018iiisconf.org/cfp-summer2018.asp
To submit your article, please click the "Authors" tab on the conference website. Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are both accepted.
The deadlines for this first CFP are the following: • October 10th, 2017: Article submissions • October 10th, 2017: Invited session proposals • November 23rd, 2017: Notifications of acceptance • December 14th, 2017: Uploading of camera-ready or final version
IMSCI/PISTA and all its collocated events are being indexed by Elsevier's SCOPUS since 2005. The 2018 proceedings will also be sent to Elsevier's SCOPUS.
Authors of early submissions to PISTA 2018 (or any of its collocated events) and, consequently, of early acceptances and registrations will be:
a Considered in the selection of keynote speakers because this selection will need additional reviews.
b. Invited for submitting a second paper on special topics; which, if accepted, will require no additional fee for its presentation. These topics, which will be selected by the Organizing Committee, are very important topics, but are not necessarily among the usual grants priorities. The IIIS will finance this kind of papers which are important for many authors but are not among the priorities of policy makers in organizations which might financially be supporting participations in conferences.
Details about the following issues have also been included at the URLs given above:
• Pre- and post-conference virtual sessions.
• Virtual participation.
• Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods.
• Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average.
• Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers.
• Best papers awards.
• Publication of best papers in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), which is indexed in EBSCO, Cabell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), and Google Scholar, and listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory. (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference printed and electronic proceedings)
Please consider forwarding to the appropriate groups who might be interested in submitting contribution to the above mentioned collocated events. New information and deadlines are posted on the conference and the IIIS web site (especially at the URL provided above).
Best regards,
PISTA 2018 Organizing Committee
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Forensics 2017

I was not sure what to make of the invitation to "to present your latest research work in the I – International Caparica Conference in Translational Forensics through a 15 minutes slots for advance researchers." The conference slogan looked familiar. It is the second sentence of the U.S. Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." To advance my happiness, it advised me that "As a welcome speaker," I would receive "a reduction of 45% in the conference fee, from 450€ to 250€ in early bird registration phase."

Likewise, the conference website (9/3/17) is not entirely reassuring.
  • It explains that "The I International Caparica Conference in Translational Forensics aims to connect in a transversal way all of us involved in Forensics with the objective of join together as many forensic disciplines as possible."
  • The topics the speakers promise to address are all over the board, from forensic ergonomics to hypothermia (along with a number of talks with titles to be "available soon").
Nevertheless, this wide-ranging conference seems to be an effort of assistant chemistry professors at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Expertise in forensic science might be an issue, but this conference does not seem run by a nefarious or scientifically unqualified group. As such, I would not dismiss it as a fake scientific conference.
Email
From: José Luis Capelo Martínez (jlcapelom.forensics2017@bioscopegroup.org)
Sent: 3/22/17
Subject: Professor Capelo (conference chair) NOVA University of Lisbon - Welcome as an Oral Speaker for Forensics 2017 Conference
On behalf of the scientific committee, I am glad to let you know that, due to your outstanding contributions to the field, you are welcome to present your latest research work in the I – International Caparica Conference in Translational Forensics through a 15 minutes slots for advance researchers. The I – International Caparica Conference in Translational Forensics is going to be held in Caparica, Lisbon (Portugal), this year 2017 during the month of November, days 20, 21, 22 and 23.
For further information, please visit: www.forensics2017.com
As a welcome speaker you have a reduction of 45% in the conference fee, from 450€ to 250€ in early bird registration phase.
The fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner access to the conference venue´s indoor and outdoor pools, Gym and a SPA facility. In addition, there is a golf course that can be rented at a reduced fee. To have this entire package included in the conference fee you must book in the conference venue. Coffee breaks are included for all participants. See more at Hotel Aldeia dos Capuchos, Golf &amp; Spa. Room costs 80€/per person in double shared room or 100€ in a single room.
Indeed there are plenty of reasons to register in our conference:
- Present and share your ideas with your peers: Academic Researchers, Companies, Colleagues and Students initiating their professional careers, will be sharing their own works. Information on plenary lectures, keynote speakers and confirmed speakers can be consulted in the webpage.
- New networking opportunities: The FORENSICS 2017 aims to connect and start a dialogue between a large numbers of researchers in the different disciplines in forensic area. The idea is to share the new advances in forensic research technology and to brainstorm and report on their implementation at all levels. Furthermore, with the dynamic interaction expected during the talks, coffee breaks and plenary sessions, young researchers will have a unique opportunity to improve their knowledge and career opportunities.
- A friendly environment: The perfect place for the perfect event: Hotel Aldeia dos Capuchos, Golf &amp; Spa.
- Social Events: Welcome dinner, Visit to Lisbon and Gala dinner.
Please note that the complete scientific program is being continuously updated on the conference webpage. We hope to see you at this international conference and we look forward to hearing from you soon. If you need additional information do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you very much for your attention and best regards,
On behalf of the Scientific Committee, Carlos Lodeiro, PhD, MSc, FRSC, J. L. Capelo, PhD, MSc, FRSC, Conference Chairs
We look forward to meeting you in Portugal, November 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Drug Companies Getting Unfavorable Publicity for Participating in Questionable Conferences

A provocative and revealing article in Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg's BNA Expert Evidence Report is noted in the Flaky Academic Journals blog.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pulsus Is Another OMICS Tentacle

PULSUS Medical Meetings are put on by the Pulsus Group. Initially a reputable publisher, the Pulsus Group of journals were sold to OMICS in 2016. The domain cmesocietyconferences.com, which Pulsus used in the email to me is registered to Srinubabu Gedela of the OMICS Group. Incredibly, the email denies that it is a promotional message and refers to my "eminence in the field" of osteoporsis.
Email
From: Osteoporosis Congress 2017 (osteoporosis@cmesocietymeeting.org)
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 1:49 AM
Re: Gentle Reminder: Abstract submission | Osteoporosis Congress
Dear Colleague, We take the pleasure of inviting you to attend and present at the Eleventh International Conference on Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders which is slated to hold from December 4-5, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The purpose of this 2-day conference is to bring together physicians and researchers from around the world who are interested in exploring the link between Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders with a broad theme Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal Disorders as the primary health concern. The conference will focus on topics such as Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Orthopedic Surgeries, Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine, Orthopedic Nursing and many other important topics. The conference is hosted by Pulsus Group which is an ardent supporter of international medical research, and publishes 50+ journals in association with 20+ International medical and scientific societies. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings and in the special edition of JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDICS TRAUMA SURGERY AND RELATED RESEARCH with ISSN: 1897-2276 and e-ISSN: 2449-9145. ...
We believe this congress will be a highly rewarding educational and networking experience for all. To know more about the congress and like to submit your abstract or registrations please visit our Osteoporosis Conferences Website ... Thank you for reading, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely Yours,
Dwane Harrison | Program Director, Osteoporosis Congress 2017, PULSUS Medical Meetings, 40 Bloomsbury Way, Lower Ground Floor, London United Kingdom WC1A 2SE Ph.: +44-203-769-1765, Customer Service: 0-800 014 8923 (Toll-free)
Disclaimer: This is not a promotional message, and has been sent to you because of your eminence in the field. If, however, you do not want to receive any email in future from Osteoporosis 2017 then reply us with the subject “remove /unsubscribe”. We concern for your privacy.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BIT's World DNA Day Is Back


BIT won't quit.* Now it wants me "to be the chair/speaker at Theme 5-2: Bio-diagnosis and Biotherapy" of its World DNA Day. Being neither a biologist nor a physician, I am not sure how "presenting about DH Kaye," as the emailer of many names (Audrey, Helen, and Jessica) propose, could "create huge opportunities for the famous coastal City by showcasing the growth and breakthrough of life sciences at a time when so many new therapies and diagnostic evaluations are available." Oh well, here's the first email. I anticipate more.
From: audrey (helen@gfac2017congress.com)
Sent: Jul 19 at 2:30 AM
Re: 3114-Entitled to be Chair/Speakers for WDD-2018, Dalian, China
We are proud to announce that BIT’s 9th Annual World DNA Day (WDD-2018) will be held on April 25-27, 2018 in Dalian, China. We cordially welcome you to be the chair/speaker at Theme 5-2: Bio-diagnosis and Biotherapy while presenting about DH Kaye. ... WDD-2018 will be held in April 25-27, 2018 in Dalian, China, is to follow up the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the publication of DNA double-helix structure in Nature from April 25, 1953 by Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick.
WDD, as one of the BIT’s branded conferences, had been successfully organized in Dalian, Xi’an and Nanjing in last eight years. To update the frontiers of life sciences and Industrial Biotechnology, WDD-2018 comes to Dalian City again. We believe worldwide scientists and biotech entrepreneurs in Bioscientific fields will create huge opportunities for the famous coastal City by showcasing the growth and breakthrough of life sciences at a time when so many new therapies and diagnostic evaluations are available. The conference has broad public support and has the additional goal of spreading and increasing the understanding of modern biological sciences among the lay public. The idea exchanges are always helpful for generating positive impact on propelling the regional advancement of science and technology.
BIT’s 8th Annual World DNA Day (WDD-2017), was successfully held in Hilton Xi’an, China during April 25-27, 2017. Almost 1000 participants from over 32 countries and regions shared the details of their research during the sessions. It was sure to announce it gained a great success.
The following is the Preliminary Program:
Theme 1: Prologue & DNA Day Ceremonial Fire
Theme 2: Ice Breaking & Reception
Theme 3: Golden Ceremony
Theme 4: Scientific Collision
Theme 5: Translational Bioeconomy
Theme 6: Biosafety/Bioethics
Theme 7: Bio-Education & Bio-Training
Theme 8: Community Alliance
Theme 9: Bio-Culture
Theme 10: Farewell Ceremony
... We expect your precious comments or suggestions; also your reference to other speakers will be highly appreciated. We look forward to receiving your replies on the following questions: 1. What is the title of your speech? 2. Do you have any suggestions about our program? ...
Sincerely Yours,
Ms. Jessica Yang
Organizing Committee of WDD-2018, BIT Congress Inc., East Wing, 11F, Dalian Ascendas IT Park, No. 1 Hui Xian Yuan, Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone, LN 116025, P.R.China, Tel: 0086-411-84799609-826, Fax: 0086-411-84799629, Email: Jessica@dnaday.com
* Correspondence about WDD-2011 is on the posting about The Dalian Letters.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

OMICS Jumps from the 2d to the 23rd Conference on Adolescent Medicine and Child Psychology

OMICS is spamming for the "23rd International Conference on Adolescent Medicine & Child Psychology." Last year, the spam was for the "2d International Conference on Adolescent Medicine & Child Psychology." Although the email does not give the name OMICS, one can find the conference through links on the OMICS webpage https://www.omicsonline.org/international-scientific-conferences/.

The address of "Cindy Allen, Program Manager," is Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX. This address seems to available to anyone for less than two pounds a week. From https://yourvirtualofficelondon.co.uk/ (6/17/17):
Our prestigious virtual office London address is a ideal for personal use or to add gravitas to your Business brand can cost as little as £1.92 a week! Easy to set up, our ‘Virtual Office London’ allows you to collect mail from our London premises or use it as a mail forwarding address, posted to any location worldwide.
Email
  • From: Child Psychology 2017 <childpsychology@conferencesinternational.org>
    Re: Follow up: Avail few Speaker Opportunities at Child Psychology 2017
    Date: 6/16/17
    Greetings!! I am writing this mail on behalf of the organizing committee with the purpose to invite you to be a Speaker/Delegate at the upcoming "23rd International Conference on Adolescent Medicine & Child Psychology" to be held from September 28-29, 2017 at Berlin, Germany. We welcome you to explore opportunities with worldwide audience and sharing the knowledge and research in Psychiatry sector and establish collaborations with international clients. The targeted audience will include experts from Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Nursing and Pharma fields .We are truly honoured to welcome a world-renowned faculty who will encourage all the attendees.
    The main theme of the conference is "Unveiling Novel Therapies and Developmental Strategies to Help Children Grow Better" which covers a wide range of critically important sessions from basic research to innovations in all Expertise. For more information, Please Visit: https://tr.im/childpsy ... Kindly confirm your availability at the conference by submitting your abstract (your speech proposal within 300 words and short biography within 150 words).The abstract submission will be closed within the 25th of June.
    With best regards,
    Cindy Allen
    Program Manager | Child Psychology 2017, Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX, Ph: +1-702 508 5200, F: +1-650-618-1417, childpsychology@conferenceseries.net
  • From: Child psychology 2017 (childpsychology@conferencesinternational.org)
    Sent: Jun 19 at 9:49 AM
    Re: Follow up invitation to be a speaker
    Greetings!! I am writing this mail on behalf of the organizing committee with the purpose to invite you to be a Speaker/Delegate at the upcoming "23rd International Conference on Adolescent Medicine & Child Psychology" to be held from September 28-29, 2017 at Berlin, Germany. We welcome you to explore opportunities with worldwide audience and sharing the knowledge and research in Psychiatry sector and establish collaborations with international clients. The targeted audience will include experts from Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Nursing and Pharma fields .We are truly honoured to welcome a world-renowned faculty who will encourage all the attendees. The main theme of the conference is "Unveiling Novel Therapies and Developmental Strategies to Help Children Grow Better" which covers a wide range of critically important sessions from basic research to innovations in all Expertise. ...
    Benefits:
    • Keynote sessions by world's most eminent researchers and Networking with Experts in the field of Psychiatry
    • Live Streaming of your presentation through our websites and YouTube
    • Accepted Abstracts will be published in the respective journals and will be labelled with a Digital Object Identification Number (DOI) provided by Cross Ref
    • Speaker and Abstract pages created in Google on your name would get worldwide acknowledgment to your profile and Research.
    • e-Poster for $99
    • Top Industries Representation
    • For Students Best Poster and Young Researcher Award.
    • Group registration discounts
    The Child Psychology 2017 Committee is pleased to announce that they are currently accepting proposals for Symposia and Workshops on the above given topics. We look forward to meeting you in person during the conference. Kindly confirm your availability at the conference by submitting your abstract (your speech proposal within 300 words and short biography within 150 words).The abstract submission will be closed within the 25th of June.
    With best regards,
    Cindy Allen
    Program Manager | Child Psychology 2017, Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX, Ph: +1-702 508 5200, F: +1-650-618-1417,

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.]
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