As an academic, you have probably received many invitation emails asking you to attend conferences. When you come across these emails, you may ask yourself: how do I know if this conference is legitimate? Maybe it is just a spam invitation seeking to collect registration fees for a conference that doesn’t exist, or maybe it is the real thing? How do you even differentiate between an authentic conference and a fraudulent one? Is there any guidance on how to figure this out?
Think. Check. Attend. is an initiative designed to act as a tool to help with these decisions and to support you to select only trustworthy and authentic conferences. The initiative is aimed at a wide range of stakeholders in the scholarly community; researchers, librarians, funders and publishers, to help them understand what constitutes a predatory conference and how to avoid them. In 2017, I wrote the guidelines for the initiative, which has subsequently been adopted by Knowledge E and is recognised as a sister initiative to Think. Check. Submit. In brief, the initiative provides a checklist of questions to ask yourself before attending a conference based on these three points, Think. Check. Attend.