60 days of spam: academic conferences
Presented here is an analysis of 176 unsolicited English-language invitations to attend conferences received over a 60 day period at two personal email accounts (Google and QUT). For each unsolicited email the name of the conference, location and ordinal. The 176 invitations were sent by a total of 120 unique conferences. This was equivalent to an average of 2.9 invitations per day, with 1.47 invitations per journal. A summary of conference hosting nations is listed in Figure 1.
A summary of conference hosting cities is presented in Figure 2. Three of the most common conference invitations were for conferences in Phuket: “2nd International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Simulation and Modelling”, “2nd Materials Engineering and Industrial Applications”, and “3rd International Conference on Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Automation”.
A histogram of conference ordinals is presented in Figure 3 below. The most common ordinal was 2, while the median was 3.