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WORLDCOMP or WORLD-DUMP?
(A complete story of world's biggest fake conference in computer science)

 

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The website is organized as follows:

Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Fake Papers and their Details
Section 3: Details of all papers submitted to IC-AI'10 (part of WORLDCOMP)
Section 4: Conclusion

 

 

 

1. Introduction

You all know that Las Vegas is famous for world's biggest casinos. You may not already know that Las Vegas is also famous for world's biggest fake conference in computer science. Don't you know it already? Read this matter then!

Hamid Arabnia, a Computer Science Professor from University of Georgia, has been organizing WORLDCOMP for more than a decade.

If you visit WORLDCOMP website, obviously, you feel that it is a high-level technical conference. However, it is a fake conference. Yes, WORLDCOMP is the biggest fake conference in the world that has been annually and successfully taking place for more than a decade, accepting almost all papers without any review and collecting millions of dollars.

How to get your paper published in WORLDCOMP? It is a very simple process but the key part is that you should be ready to pay around 500 American dollars as the registration fee: just get some technical material (not computer generated garbage that looks suspicious) from two or more published computer science papers of your choice (these papers need not have any relation with each other and you can select them randomly!). Make sure there are no grammatical mistakes in the material. Neatly format the material and put some decent title and submit it to WORLDCOMP. Wait for few weeks (if you submit the paper in response to an extended submission deadline then you get the acceptance in around a week time) and you will get an acceptance message (this is only a part of the message) as follows from Hamid Arabnia (hra@cs.uga.edu) and if you pay the registration fee then your paper will be published:

“... I am pleased to inform you that the following paper … has been accepted as a Regular Research Paper (RRP) - ie, accepted for both, publication in the proceedings and oral formal presentation… ”

“... Each paper was peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness... ”
...

However, in reality, there is no "review", except checking if the paper is a computer generated garbage and has any major grammatical and language issues. Simply say, the appearance of the paper should look neat and should not look "suspicious". What Hamid Arabnia cares the most is whether you paid the registration fee or not. The conference is his cash cow! The registration fee is more than 500 American dollars for each non-student paper.

Although there were serious allegations on WORLDCOMP and its fakeness for a long time, The compilers mailing list first and formally announced the fakeness of WORLDCOMP in January 2011 to the public [click here to see the owner of the list]:

"If you're looking for a conference that accepts every paper regardless of quality, nobody goes except the presenters, and you'd like an excuse for a junket to Las Vegas, this [WORLDCOMP] may be the conference for you." 

 

We all assumed that Hamid Arabnia will take compilers mailing list announcement seriously and stop this fake conference business. But Hamid Arabnia organized WORLDCOMP in 2011 and is now proceeding forward for the 2012 event. Many "associates" of Hamid Arabnia are flooding internet with WORLDCOMP's call for papers. Some are "attacking", in online forums and groups, anyone who criticizes WORLDCOMP slightly. This situation obligated us to prove WORLDCOMP's true nature and its fakeness to the public with specific examples. We hope thousands of authors who may otherwise submit their papers to WORLDCOMP, will instead choose a decent conference. 

We provided details of two "peer reviewed" fake papers published in proceedings of two different conferences of WORLDCOMP 2010 (don't be surprised with the quality and quantity of their fakeness!). These are just samples.

 

 

 

 

2. Fake Papers in WORLDCOMP and their Details

 

2.1 First fake paper (the fake paper is available at the end of this webpage for download):

fake-paper-1's title: Knowledge Attribution to Intelligent Agents: An Approach Based on Logical Consequences
authors of fake-paper-1: Syed Nabeel Al-Ghari and Mustafa Al-Saawi
fake-paper-1 is published in proceedings of
2010 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IC-AI'10) of WORLDCOMP 2010.
pages: 463-470
fake-paper-1.pdf is available at the end of this webpage for download

 

fake-paper-1 is copied from two genuine and already published research papers (they are named genuine-research-paper-1 and genuine-research-paper-2) freely available for download from proceedings of 2005 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-05). Note that IJCAI is the most reputed and the oldest conference in this field.


Details of genuine-research-paper-1 from which fake-paper-1 is copied are:
title: Attribution of Knowledge to Artificial Agents and their Principals.
authors: Samir Chopra and Laurence White
proceedings:
2005 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-05) .
pages: 1175-1180
genuine-research-paper-1 is here for download

 

Details of genuine-research-paper-2 from which fake-paper-1 is copied are:
title: AND/OR Cutset Conditioning
authors: Robert Mateescu and Rina Dechter
proceedings:
2005 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-05) .
pages: 230-235
genuine-research-paper-2 is here for download


2.2. Some highlights of fake-paper-1:

  1. Most matter (except figures) in fake-paper-1 is copied directly from genuine-research-paper-1 with some minor changes and addition of many meaningless statements. Some fake matter is added to connect the figures and tables with the rest of the content.

  2. All figures, tables and performance results in fake-paper-1 are directly copied from the genuine-research-paper-2.

  3. genuine-research-paper-1 and genuine-research-paper-2 talk about two entirely different and mutually exclusive topics. So, by joining the content, pictures, performance results and tables from these different papers has generated a meaningless paper, that is, fake-paper-1.

  4. genuine-research-paper-1 is listed as a reference in fake-paper-1 (reference # 3).

  5. genuine-research-paper-2 is listed as a reference in fake-paper-1 (reference # 10).

  6. Although the two genuine papers are listed as references in the fake paper, WORLDCOMP "reviewers" (if any), couldn't trace out that the submitted paper is a fake one. Ie, the "reviewers" (if any) failed to use this obvious clue to catch fake-paper-1.

  7. Most references in fake-paper-1 are wrongly cited (irrelevant citation or at irrelevant location or both) in the content/body of fake-paper-1.

  8. fake-paper-1 has many contradicting claims. E.g.,
    at line # 7 in page 6:                 “It proves that knowledge attribution to intelligent agents is always possible”.
    at line # 15 in page 6:               “It confirms that knowledge attribution to intelligent agents is impossible.”

  9. fake-paper-1 contains many incomplete or meaningless statements and they are numerous.

  10. fake-paper-1 has no logical flow between successive paragraphs and successive sections (and in some cases, between successive statements) and the fake paper didn't convey any meaning (not even 0.0000001%) as a whole. The figures have no relation (not even 0.0000000000000000000000000001%) with the rest of the content.

  11. Hamid Arabnia submitted fake-paper-1 to DBLP and it is listed in DBLP.

  12. Hamid Arabnia is the primary Editor of IC-AI'10 Proceedings, in which fake-paper-1 is published.

  13. Hamid Arabnia stated in his acceptance letter dated April 4, 2010 to the author of fake-paper-1 (fake-paper-1-acceptance-letter.pdf is available at the end of this webpage): “Each paper was peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness.

    He also stated "Only those authors whose papers have been accepted SUBJECT to MANDATORY changes will receive the compiled referees' report about THREE days after the date of this email - The referee reports would be sent to such authors by track chairs who arranged the evaluation of your paper or by the coordinator/staff of the conference."

    Why didn't Hamid Arabnia's "two experts” notice these horrible, damaging and serious issues in fake-paper-1 (really if there were any experts and reviewing)? We claim that there was no review and it is a fake conference.

    The author of fake-paper-1 never received any "compiled referees' report" stated by Hamid Arabnia. We believe that Hamid Arabnia stated the "compiled referees' report" just to trick the author by creating a feeling that there was a real review going on.

     

    2.3. Second fake paper (the fake paper is available at the end of this webpage for download):

    fake-paper-2's title: Extending XML Query Language by using Divide and Conditional-Join Queries
    author of fake-paper-2: Muhammad Ismail Pasha
    fake-paper-2 is accepted and published in proceedings of
    2010 International Conference on e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise Information Systems, and e-Government (EEE'10) of WORLDCOMP 2010.
    pages: 411-417
    fake-paper-2.pdf is available at the end of this webpage for download.

     

    fake-paper-2 is copied from another four genuine and already published research papers (they are named genuine-research-paper-3, genuine-research-paper-4, genuine-research-paper-5, genuine-research-paper-6). genuine-research-paper-3, genuine-research-paper-4 and genuine-research-paper-5 are from proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2007). genuine-research-paper-6 is from proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMOD international conference on Management of data (ACM SIGMOD 2004) and details of the conference are here. These two conferences are highly reputed and well-known in this field.

    Details of genuine-research-paper-3 from which fake-paper-2 is copied are:
    title: Extending XQuery with Window Functions.
    authors: Irina Botan, Peter M. Fischer, Daniela Florescu.
    pages: 75-86.
    this paper can be freely
    downloaded here . If this link didn't work for any reason, Google the paper title.

     

    Details of genuine-research-paper-4 from which fake-paper-2 is copied are:
    title: Matching Twigs in Probabilistic XML
    authors: Benny Kimelfeld and Yehoshua Sagiv.
    pages: 27-38.
    this paper can be freely
    downloaded here. If this link didn't work for any reason, Google the paper title


    Details of genuine-research-paper-5 from which fake-paper-2 is copied are:
    title: Extending Q-Grams to Estimate Selectivity of String Matching with Low Edit Distance.
    authors: Hongrae Lee, Raymond T. Ng, Kyuseok Shim.
    pages: 195-206
    this paper can be freely
    downloaded here If this link didn't work for any reason, Google the paper title

     

    Details of genuine-research-paper-6 from which fake-paper-2 is copied are:
    title: Lazy Query Evaluation for Active XML.
    authors: Serge Abiteboul, Omar Benjelloun, Bogdan Cautis, Ioana Manolescu, Tova Milo, Nicoleta Preda
    this paper can be freely download at
    this author's website or at this author's website or at this author's website (If the links didn't work for any reason, contact the authors)

     

    2.4. Some highlights of fake-paper-2:

    1. Most matter (except figures, tables, algorithms, performance results) in fake-paper-2 is copied from genuine-research-paper-3 with some minor changes and the addition of many meaningless statements. Some fake matter is added to connect the figures, tables and performance results with the rest of the content.

    2. Most figures, tables and performance results in fake-paper-2 are directly copied as follows:

      Figure 1 in fake-paper-2 is same as figure 3 in genuine-research-paper-3

      Figure 2 in fake-paper-2 is same as figure 10 in genuine-research-paper-5

      Figure 3 in fake-paper-2 is same as part of figure 1 in genuine-research-paper-4

      Figure 4 (in fact, it is an algorithm) in fake-paper-2 is same as figure 8 in genuine-research-paper-5

      Figure 7 in fake-paper-2 is same as figure 10 in genuine-research-paper-6

    3. genuine-research-paper-3, genuine-research-paper-4, genuine-research-paper-5 and genuine-research-paper-6 talk about mutually exclusive problems. So, by joining the content, pictures, tables, performance results and algorithms from these different papers has generated a meaningless paper, that is, fake-paper-2.

    4. genuine-research-paper-3 is listed as a reference in fake-paper-2 (reference # 9).

    5. genuine-research-paper-4 is listed as a reference in fake-paper-2 (reference # 12).

    6. genuine-research-paper-5 is listed as a reference in fake-paper-2 (reference # 4).

    7. genuine-research-paper-6 is listed as a reference in fake-paper-2 (reference # 5).

    8. Although the four genuine papers are listed as references in the fake paper, WORLDCOMP "reviewers" (if any), couldn't trace out that the submitted paper is a fake one. Ie, the "reviewers" (if any) failed to use this obvious clue to catch the fake paper.

    9. Most references in fake-paper-2 are wrongly cited (irrelevant citation or at irrelevant location or both) in the content of fake-paper-2.

    10. fake-paper-2 has many contradicting or misleading claims and statements. For example,
      the last four lines in page 1: “Previous work on extending SQL to support windows has identified different kinds of windows; sliding windows, and landmark windows [3]. The three types of windows differ in the way windows overlap”.

      The first line claims two windows. The second line claims three windows.

    11. fake-paper-2 contains many incomplete or meaningless statements and they are numerous.

    12. fake-paper-2 has no logical flow between successive paragraphs and successive sections (and in some cases, between successive statements) and the fake paper didn't convey any meaning (not even 0.0000001%) as a whole. The figures have no relation (not even 0.0000000000000000000000000001%) with the rest of the content.

    13. Hamid Arabnia submitted fake-paper-2 to DBLP and it is listed in DBLP.

    14. Hamid Arabnia is the primary Editor of EEE'10 Proceedings, in which fake-paper-2 is published.

    15. Hamid Arabnia stated in his acceptance letter dated June 1, 2010 to the author of fake-paper-2 (fake-paper-2-acceptance-letter.pdf is available at the end of this webpage): “Each paper was peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness.

      Hamid Arabnia also stated
      "The system shows that your paper is accepted without changes."

      Why didn't Hamid Arabnia's "two experts” notice these horrible, damaging and serious issues in fake-paper-2 (if there were any experts and review)? We once again claim that there was no review and it is a fake conference.

      Hamid Arabnia's statement "The system shows that your paper is accepted without changes." How can a fake paper be accepted without changes, if there is a review? We once again claim that there was no review and it is a fake conference.

      Hamid Arabnia was in a rush to collect the registration fee from the author of fake-paper-2 because the acceptance letter was sent on June 1 2010, and the conference date was very close (July 2010). Hamid Arabnia didn't want to waste any more time by putting the author on hold waiting for "reviews", as it was the case for fake-paper-1. This is why, Hamid Arabnia stated "The system shows that your paper is accepted without changes.", encouraging the author to pay the fee quickly.

     

     

    3. Details of All Papers Submitted to 2010 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IC-AI'10) of WORLDCOMP 2010

    On June 3, 2011, Hamid Arabnia sent an email to some authors of IC-AI'10 that contains all details of all submitted papers of IC-AI'10 (download the file, all-accepted-papers-of-IC-AI-10.pdf, available at the end of this webpage). It looks he has sent these details inadvertently or due to system error. This email includes the schedule of IC-AI'10 and most importantly, the details of each and every paper (paper number, paper title, authors of the paper, email addresses of authors, whether RRP or SRP (ie, category of acceptance), and optional comments for example if the author paid the fee or if the author cannot attend the conference and "review").

    Some abbreviations Hamid Arabnia used:
    RRP: Regular Research Paper
    SRP: Short Research Paper

    As you can visualize from this file, all submitted papers were accepted with most papers (98%) accepted as RRP. Except for comments for example "writeup suffers from poor english", no other review was conducted.

     

     

     

    4. Conclusion

    As the coordinator of WORLDCOMP (see the end of the webpage for the attachment, coordinator.pdf) and as the primary Editor of the two proceedings (of WORLDCOMP 2010) in which these two fake papers are published, Hamid Arabnia has cheated the entire computer science and related communities, for over a decade, with misleading and wrong information about the review process and quality of acceptance, for the sole purpose of collecting the registration fee. He has stated a series of lies (see the fourth paragraph of the attachment, series-of-lies-from-hamid-arabnia.pdf, at the end of this webpage) about the review process "Full papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. Each paper will be refereed by two experts in the field who are independent of the conference program committee. The referees' evaluations will then be reviewed by one member of the program committee who will recommend a decision to the chair of the track that the paper has been submitted to. The chair will make the final decision. Lastly, the final papers will be reviewed by one member of the program committee." but there was no such review.

    The fake papers violated many US copyright laws. Hamid Arabnia supported the VISA documents of many "fake scientists", from overseas, and brought them to the US (ie, to the conference) and he has violated many federal laws. Hamid Arabnia damaged (perhaps the biggest and most severe damage to) the computer science and related professional communities by accepting fake papers and published them along with genuine research papers in the same proceedings, for the sole purpose of registration fee collection.


    We wish, at the very minimum, Hamid Arabnia will quickly come forward, apologize and close the fake conference WORLDCOMP with immediate effect for the benefit of computer science and related professional communities worldwide.

     

     

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