Saturday, August 28, 2010

Science Conference SPAM: ICEME2011 on all of engineering & metaengineering

Well this one really really takes the cake. I got an email today that I think I simply have to post the entire thing because of its awesomeness:
Dear J. Eisen: 
We invite you to submit a paper/abstract to The 2nd International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering: ICEME 2011 (March 27th - 30th, 2011 - Orlando, Florida, USA): If you have any colleagues who might be interested in making a submission to the conference, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them. Below are the deadlines for ICEME 2011:
Papers/Abstracts Submission and Invited Session Proposals: September 22nd, 2010
Authors Notifications: November 22nd, 2010
Camera-ready, full papers: December 15th, 2010

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic. All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. 
Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions 
Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings 
Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions. 
Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to
Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.
Best regards, ICEME 2011 Organizing Committee

There are so many parts of this that are incredible. Like that it covers all of Engineering and Meta-engineering (whatever that is) in one conference. And that authors CV will be used to decide if submissions are accepted. And that all papers will be reviewed by three distinct review processes including double blind and non blind.

But the best, by far and away the best, comes when you go to the conference site. I dare ANYONE to try and read the beginning description out loud to someone else without laughing:
Engineering and Meta-Engineering is what synergistically relate Science and Industry. Two cybernetic loops are based on an adequate combination of different kinds of knowledge creation and two other cybernetic loops related to wealth creation. Both creations are produced by Engineering and Meta-Engineering which synergistically bridge Science and Industry/Business. Details regarding this issue can be found at 

Consequently, the purpose of the ICEME 2011 Organizing Committee is to bring together researchers and professionals from the Academic, Industrial and Public sectors with Engineering and Meta-Engineering problems and/or solutions and/or technological innovations in order to share their knowledge and experience in the context of a Multi- and Inter-Disciplinary forum.

The site then goes on to define meta-engineering. I could post it all here but the site has some nice figures to look at too. This is the best example of Conference SCAMs/SPAM that I have yet seen, and I have seen a lot.


  1. In the hope of finding out why stuff like this gets sent, I looked through some of their web pages. I thought maybe it was a scam (a fake conference), but these guys seem to be for real.

    They have a long page discussing why they use email rather than advertising in journals and how hard they try not to be spam. On another page they explain that their goal is to do everything 'within the context of the postmodernist phenomenon'.

  2. However, they spam me on a student account with no scientific publication ever and they disregard my emails that they should stop sending me conference spam 6 times a year.


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