Conferences are without doubt an important element of scholarly communication. Yet, they never reached the same level of maturity as traditional journal publications in terms of quality management and face challenges like fraudulent conferences. There is need for a better control mechanism that can deliver credible information about conferences, but so far there has not been a uniform approach. Currently, the proposed solution to this challenge is establishing unique conference IDs. PIDs (persistent identifiers) enable persistent and unique identification of an object, even if the surrounding parameters change, thus tackling the name ambiguity problem by means of accompanying the PID with sufficient metadata.
The kick-off meeting for the technical implementation of conference IDs was an important step towards the realisation of persistent identifiers for conferences and conference series. The meeting was hosted by CERN on February 27th. A variety of stakeholders were present at the meeting: publishers (Springer Nature, Elsevier, IEEE, The IET), research organisations, service providers (e.g., Dimensions, WoS, DBLP), PID providers, conference management platforms (Ex Ordo & Indico).
More information about conference IDs, outcomes of the kick-off meeting and future steps can be found in our blogpost on the FREYA Blog: