Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A spam book?

I recently received an email from those fine folks who bring the "World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics" to your email inbox each year. They've been criticized for running their spamference without recourse to peer review of even the most rudimentary kind, at least in some cases. Now, it appears that they may be taking a page out of the Republicans' play book: soliciting "science" that supports their approach to conferences. Here's an excerpt from the email I received:

Based on your participation in conferences, we would like to consult your opinion and your possible contribution regarding the idea of collecting, in a multiple-author book or symposium proceedings, reflections and knowledge regarding conferences organization and quality standards/means. It will only take you about 30 seconds to give us your opinion and your potential support as a reviewer and/or paper contributor...

Apparently, the only qualifying factor needed to contribute to this work is participation in conferences. Science was never easier!

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1 comment:

  1. The list of submissions to "KCC" is at

    The submissions to WMSCI are at

    Yeah, they've got some doozies.