Rasheed Khan | 16 Feb 18:42 2013

A Ph.D. Student’s CRY for Help

A Ph.D. Student’s CRY for Help To: Prof. Hamid Arabnia, WORLDCOMP Coordinator, Professor of Computer Science, University of Georgia, USA Prof. Hamid Arabnia, I am a student from Africa and I am in the final stages of my Ph.D. work. I have a journal paper in ACM and a conference paper in WORLDCOMP. As per my university policy, I am required to have at least two research papers in peer-reviewed (refereed) international conferences or journals before I submit my synopsis/dissertation. While everything was fine, recently, WORLDCOMP was declared as a bogus conference with evidences and endorsements from scientists: https://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1 Also see http://worldcomp-fake-bogus.blogspot.com Now, my university officials have stopped me from submitting the dissertation stating that WORLDCOMP is not peer-reviewed due to the evidences in these websites. They said that WORLDCOMP is completely fake and that’s why you have not responded to the open challenge at https://sites.google.com/site/dumpconf or https://sites.google.com/site/moneycomp1 I sent many emails to you requesting to respond to the open challenge and prove that WORLDCOMP is not fake so that I can show your response to my university officials and convince them and submit my dissertation. I also asked you to email me the reviews for my paper (I never received them, although your acceptance email stated that the paper was reviewed by two experts) but you are not responding. Recall that when I met you in WORLDCOMP, you offered me a reference letter and invited me to organize a session in the next conference and promised free registration for my next paper if I get at least five registered papers from others. Now I am shocked with your silence. I am clueless on what to do as I will forfeit my student status unless I submit the dissertation soon. I am facing humiliation here. I was attracted by the keynote speakers, sponsors, tutorials, and University of Georgia name at WORLDCOMP website. Now I feel that I made a very critical mistake by submitting to WORLDCOMP. As the last resort, I am posting to this mailing list/forum (where WORLDCOMP details were published in the past I think) so that you understand the seriousness. I once again ask you to provide a detailed response at WORLDCOMP’s website and prove that it is not a fake (and also email me my paper reviews). I request you to focus on this issue than organizing the next conference (and create more victims like me). I hope you still have moral values. My elderly parents are dependent on me and I am crying for help. I openly beg your response! Respectfully, Saidi (this is my nickname and I am using it to avoid further humiliation. I know that you will easily identify me from this nickname and from my background mentioned above). To the forum/list owner: please understand my situation and publish this message and it will help other researchers to be more careful while choosing a conference. To the members: please help me getting a response from Prof. Arabnia. NOTE: ___________________________________________________________ This letter has been delivered unencrypted. We would like to remind you that full end-to-end protection of email correspondence is only provided if both sender and recipient are Secure Mail users. To register FREE at Secure Mail, please visit our site: http://www.s-mail.com
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