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03/12/2021

Beware of mail solicitations, proposing personal invitations to conferences that adopt titles close to those of our community, but which are in reality purely commercial initiatives. Here we provide hints how to identify these scam events.

We are witnessing an increase in mail solicitations, proposing personal invitations to conferences that adopt titles close to those of our community, but which are in reality purely commercial initiatives, without a scientific background. Their name may append "Global", "Virtual" , "Forum" etc. to the name of a well-established conference in our community. You can rather easily identify them on the basis of various markers:

  • Absence of a learned society or well-identified laboratory co-organizing the event as it is the case for MMM/Intermag, ICM and JEMS
  • Overlap between the scientific committee, the organizing committee and the invited lecturers. Or simply, absence of any committee.
  • Unclear or irrelevant requests as regards the title for your communication
  • Massive sending of similar invitations to all colleagues of the same community.
  • Have a look at our agenda, these events are not listed.

We invite you to be very careful about these scam attempts. Participating will only spoil your budget and carbon footprint, with no gain on science.

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