Update: The correct website for the ICCCN 2016 conference is http://icccn.org/icccn16/
I am new to this game, just two years in the research industry. However that does not mean I do not get hounded by the question “So, how many publications do you have?” Unfortunately my answer with a bit of hesitation is a low key “None”. I had my paper accepted at a conference, but because of a goof-up from my end, I could not travel to present my paper, and so lost on a chance to get my first PhD publication. That however did not deter me, and I set about searching for conferences that I could submit my work. I went about searching on the IEEEexplore website for upcoming deadlines and conferences that people in my area of research had published in. I came across the name “International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks” quite often and thought of checking if the deadline is coming up soon. It was not, so I made a note of checking again after a couple of months.
I was surprised to see two conferences with almost identical names and the same acronyms being held at almost the same time. I though this looked a bit fishy, and so started investigating a bit more. This is what I came across.
ICCCN 2014 and 2015 held at exactly the same venues – Singapore and Zurich during the same period for the past two years. The only saving grace being that the photograph on the landing page of the Singapore conference page had been changed since 2014.
Digging a bit deeper, it occurred to me that WASET, the organiser/parent body of these conferences has these events organized up until 2027! That is really astounding. IEEE only has its most prestigious conferences, scheduled 2 years in advance, and here WASET had conferences scheduled 12 years in advance. Another point that I noted was that the 2014 ICCCN was the 16th in this series. This meant that these guys have been around since 1998 most likely, if the “16th” in the name is really genuine.
I then decided to find out what the research community felt about WASET in general, and was not disappointed to find that I was not the first to discover this. People have been informing the research community about the dangers of predatory publishers and about conferences and journals with dubious credentials for some time now. A few articles that I came across are
By the way, I did manage to finally find the link to the genuine IEEE ICCCN 2015 conference. http://icccn.org/icccn15/ I am now waiting for the 2016 conference CFP to come out soon. I still have to get my first publication, and a genuine one at that.