World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
The World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology or WASET is a publisher of a number of open access journals on a wide variety of scientific and technical subjects. The publisher has been listed as a "potential, possible, or probable" predatory publisher by Jeffrey Beall, and has been accused of arranging predatory conferences, in order to artificially boost the academic credentials of presenters and paper submitters. It claims to organize several thousands of scientific conferences a year, using names that are the same or similar to real conferences organized by established scientific groups. For instance, for 2018, WASET have 58,669 conferences planned, from a pool of 49,844 with numerous conferences occurring multiple times. Hundreds of conferences may be scheduled for the same location on the same day (e.g. 116 simultaneous scientific meetings in a hotel in Rio de Janeiro in February 2016). The conferences are low-quality, described in one case as a "Potemkin village"—and anyone can present a paper by simply paying the registration fee. Conferences are planned many years in advance. Names of researchers have been included as conference committee members, without their knowledge or consent. Legitimate conferences have publicly warned of identically named, fake WASET conferences. In 2015, the University of Toronto released a "scam advisory" about a purported conference on their premises advertised by WASET.
WASET is based in Turkey and is registered in Azerbaijan. Its domain name was registered 2007 with a contact address in Dubai. It is run by Cemal Ardil, a former science teacher, with assistance from his daughter Ebru and his son Bora. Cemal Ardil is also the person who has published the most articles on the WASET website.
Journals are indexed in WASET's "International Science Index", not to be confused with the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) index, i.e. the Web of Science. WASET journals were indexed by Scopus and listed in the SCImago Journal Rank from 2009 until 2011, when the coverage was cancelled.
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