Conferences allow for sharing of information and recent research alongside great networking opportunities. Presenting at a conference will increase the exposure of your research and provide an opportunity for feedback. With so many conferences now online you can attend for a fraction of the cost of a face to face conference.
Conference papers are very often collated into published proceedings, providing a quick and simple way of publishing your research. However, in many disciplines conference publications are not considered as highly as other forms of dissemination. Discipline practices and the quality of the conference and conference publications should be a consideration when attending a conference.
Upcoming conferences or calls for papers may be found online on websites such as:
Most academic conferences are legitimate and respectable events but there are some that are misleading, exaggerated or even fake. Use Think. Check.Attend to help you decide if a conference is right for you.
Some factors to consider when evaluating conference quality include :
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Learn about predatory conferences and how to identify them on our Predatory Publishing pages.
Papers from a conference are often collated into the conference proceedings and may be published as a book, special issue of a journal, or a serial. Once published as proceedings you may no longer own the copyright on your paper so choose your conference carefully and ask about your author rights before signing up.
Consider the following: