WMSCI is the acronym of the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, a computer science and engineering conference that has occurred annually since 1995.


WMSCI is organized by the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics. Its General Chair has usually been retired Professor Nagib Callaos. The conference is often held in Orlando, Florida. [ [http://www.iiis.org/iiis/Nagib-Callaos.asp A Short CV of Professor Nagib Callaos] ]

The annual WMSCI/ISAS Conferences started in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1995. At that time, they were known simply as SCI. For the first few years, they about 50 papers presented. It changed its names to WMSCI when it added on collocated conferences in 2005. The multiconference has grown to have an average of about 1500 registered participants, the majority of whom present papers. Since its start in 1995, more than 10,000 papers of about have been presented on WMSCI and its collocated conferences. It allows both reviewed and non-reviewed papers. [ [http://www.iiis-cyber.org/wmsci2007/ WMSCI 2007] ] [ [http://www.sciiis.org/wmsci2008/ WMSCI 2008] ] [ [http://goanna.cs.rmit.edu.au/~jz/sci/ The IIIS/SCI Conferences on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics] critical review by Justin Zobel]

Acceptance controversies

WMSCI's acceptance policy is far more liberal than that of most major computer science conferences, and it has been criticized by some academics who feel its quality threshold for acceptance is too low. Some say that its stated mission is opaque. Their mission statement is as "a forum for focusing into specific disciplinary research, as well as for multi, inter and trans-disciplinary studies and projects". [waybackdate|site=http://www.iiisci.org/sci2005/website/default.asp|date= 20070221022328|title=2005 WMSCI website]

Following criticism of the per-paper fees and their acceptance of talks without any review [ [http://3dpancakes.typepad.com/ernie/2005/04/sci_followup.html On having a huge sadneess] April 25, 2005] the organization responded as follows:: [We] "think it is legitimate and academically respectful to accept non-reviewed papers, especially if we take into account that in the call for papers in our conferences has always been clearly stated that we accept NON-RESEARCH papers submission, as it is the case of position papers, invited papers, case studies, panels’ presentations, reports, etc. which are usually accepted, or not, on a non-reviewing base." [waybackdate|site=http://www.iiisci.org/sci2005/website/regards.asp|date=20070317065435|title=Nagib Callaos, 2005 (since removed from the website)]

SCIgen paper acceptance

WMSCI attracted publicity of a less favorable sort in 2005 when three graduate students at MIT succeeded in getting a paper accepted as a "non-reviewed paper" to the conference that had been randomly generated by a computer program called SCIgen. Documents generated by this software have been used to submit papers to other similar conferences.

Other controversies

WMSCI has been accused of using spam to advertise its conferences. [ [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v434/n7036/full/nature03653.html Computer conference welcomes gobbledegook paper] April 21, 2005]

ee also

*Oxford Round Table


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