What Strange Spam Is This?

May 8, 2009

Update: Lambert Academic Publishing and parent VDM Verlag are apparently not a scam. A reader wrote to me to mention that VDM published her PhD thesis and those of several friends. These can be purchased at Amazon.

It is unfortunate that LAP and VDM use unethical marketing practices in support of their legitimate business. I apologize to anyone who was misled when I believed them to be a scam.

Dear Aran Donohue ,

I am writing on behalf of the German publishing house, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG.

In the course of a research at the University of Toronto , I came across a reference to your dissertation entitled Msc .

We are a German-based publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.

LAP would be especially interested in publishing your manuscript in the form of a printed monograph.

Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment

will be greatly appreciated.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Kind Regards,

Toolasee Marooodamoothoo

Acquisition Editor

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26 / 50668 Köln, Germany

Fon +49 681 3720-310

Fax +49 681 3720-3109

t.maroodamootoo@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

Handelsregister Amtsgericht Köln HRA 26549

Partner with unlimited liability:

VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft

Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 16777

Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (Chairman/Vors.), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber, Katalin Bontenakels

Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman/ Vors.), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk

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187 Responses to “What Strange Spam Is This?”

  1. Dustin Says:

    Dude, I got the same one.

  2. Bee Fong Says:

    Me too, it’s pretty fishy about this publisher, do you guys have any ideas what’s going on? Do you think they fake all the links and the names without permission ?

  3. Willibrord Says:

    What I found particularly awesome about my letter was that it only had the first 1.9 words of my title!

  4. Ozan Says:

    Hi

    I have received the same mail about my Med thesis and ı dıdnt reply ıt. what do you think? What is this?

  5. Sabine Says:

    it’s a scam. they will ask you for your bank info so that they can send you ‘royalties’…

  6. Sabine Says:

    of course, they would never use your bank info for any other reason….

    pretty sophisticated scam though. check out their website and then read the FAQ.


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  8. D Says:

    I just got the same email. Thanks for posting this.

  9. Zizola Says:

    Hello everybody I received the same email this morning, regarding the publication of my phd thesis for free by LAP. And that seems to me very strange because the email was very personalysed, with my name and thesis’ title. have I trush it guys??
    thanks

  10. Sabrina Says:

    I got the same scam too….*sigh*

  11. Lisa Says:

    I got the same one. What’s crazy is that they emailed me at my current company (which I was not affiliated with 7 years ago when my thesis was written). Thanks for posting this so people know it’s a scam.

  12. Vivian Says:

    Here is an email I received this morning. It appears their acquisition director has changed! I believe it’s a scam. And even if it’s legitimate, let’s just save some trees. Our dissertations are all publicly available for interested parties.

    Dear Vivian XXXX,

    While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of The Juilliard School, I came across a reference to a work entitled “XXXX”.

    LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication of theses and dissertations.

    I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind regards,
    Jessica Vengatasamy
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26

    50668 Köln, Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310

    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

    j.vengatasamy@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Köln HRA 26549

    Partner with unlimited liability:

    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 16777

    Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (Chairman/Vors.), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber.

    Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman/ Vors.), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk

  13. Vivian Says:

    By the way, Lisa, I was also perturbed by how this company was able to find my email.

  14. Ron Says:

    Hi Vivian,

    Same thing this morning concerning my Juilliard document. Seems like they did search our library (or at least the catalog.)

  15. Inga Says:

    same received here too! funny..

  16. paul zummo Says:

    Yep, received the same as Vivian’s as well.

  17. disenchanted Says:

    I received the same email! Odd.

  18. Christopher Says:

    I got the same thing, but in reference to a thesis by someone else with my same first and last name (but not middle). So they just googled my publicly available work email address.

  19. earruda Says:

    Ditto to all above. I was emailed on my personal email account not listed on any documentation. Is there a way we can pursue getting our emails removed from their list?

  20. Tina Says:

    So what is the consensus on this company? Scam artists or legit?

  21. Ronni Says:

    Yep, just received here, too. Thank you for sharing this. It helped me quickly determine that it is indeed a scam.

  22. FOF Says:

    Say word, i got the same e-mail!

  23. Brian Says:

    The notice was sent to my company’s e-mail, which has nothing to do with the university where I received my PHD.

    Seems to be a scam.

  24. kim Says:

    The strange thing is that I looked up my dissertation one day and the next day I get this e-mail and there is no way that they could have had my e-mail. I think it is a scam and why would people want our thesis or dissertations when they can order them through the University or proquest. I say scam

  25. chengya liang Says:

    I got the same thing just now. Thanks for sharing guys.

  26. J Johnson Says:

    I GOT THIS TOO! At first I felt quite special after receiving this email. BIG SIGH…. then I read all of your messages. Yikes – looks like I will not be replying either.

  27. Faye Says:

    yep…i just got this..and after reading everyones comments i feel more confident it is some kind of scam….

  28. Catz Says:

    not a spam!!view amazon.com and see who’s wrong!!!

  29. MikeD Says:

    I almost sent them my thesis! Good thing I tripped over this site.

    I took a detailed look at their website. In ‘news’ they have two clips from 2008. In ‘portfolio’ they just have a list of online retailers like amazon.com. Under ‘the publisher’ they have a list of bookfairs that they’ll attend, but when you go to THEIR websites, LAP isn’t listed as an exhibitor!

    And let’s not overlook the crappiness of the editting for their own online content.

    SCAM!

  30. Raymond Johan Says:

    Wow… I almost send my thesis. Thank God I browse her name first.
    Thank you for this information. I appreciate it a lot.

  31. Raymond Johan Says:

    Check amazon.com?
    what’s the keyword?

  32. SarahN Says:

    Whew, glad I came across this site. I too was momentarily excited when I saw “publication” in my inbox. Thanks for all the insight.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    LAP


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  35. yet another one Says:

    Yup, I just got one too…and from my browsing it seems that the letters are nearly always identical but they are often signed by different names, but always Indian names, although it seems to be a German company. V strange.

  36. me too...but Says:

    I just got the same email as well.

    But what about LAP is making you folks say this is SPAM as opposed to a legit start-up business? This guy Dr. Wolfgang P. Muller looks like the real deal. And before it freaks you out too far that they found your professional/personal email address–have you googled yourself lately? Maybe it only takes a half-competent internet browser to find you. What am I missing here?

  37. sarah A Says:

    Well, got this this morning. Dont know what to make of it. However, they got the topic of my thesis spot on, not to mention the e-ad to which they sent me the message requesting for my “..interested in co-operating with us..”. So I googled to this site, on which however, the first writter is apologising “to anyone who was misled when I believed them to be a scam.”, saying they are not Scam? Or is this writter part of the scam?

  38. tikie Says:

    spam


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  40. Rosario Solá from Spain Says:

    Hello everybody I received the same email regarding the publication of my phd thesis for free by LAP, and got so happy!!! Then I started looking for informan and found you coments!!

    I’m so sad!!

  41. LaShay Says:

    I love how everyone received the same email around the same time. It may not be spam but I think if someone really wants your thesis, they can just request a copy from the college. Isn’t that why we had to pay to get it published with them (the college) in the first place? Oh and here is some more info about LAP http://www.writingnetwork.edu.au/content/email-lap-offering-publish-my-masters-thesis

  42. Corey Morris Says:

    I just got the same email…My is from,

    Nancy Assy
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln, Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

  43. Nikki Says:

    Ditto, i got the same.
    What i wonder is that most of the work from most theses is published. There’s nothing left in mine that’s not published. So i wonder what will they gain, and who would buy these from them.

  44. Anonymous Says:

    The keyword for on amazon.com is LAP for the publisher.Not a spam!!!

  45. NT Says:

    Me too.
    Thanks for the topic in this blog.
    I think the right of our researches are belong the university. So, it’s not need to contact us with such e-mail.

  46. Huy Says:

    well, same to me here with the identical email from LAP. Happy first then sad after reading you guys. Why and for what they do that? No answers!

  47. AMM Says:

    Got same e-mail today. If it looks like spam it probably is. What do you have to lose? Bank account information, yes. In addition you could lose your intellectual property rights on whatever they propose to “publish.” Someone interested in publiching your work is probably going to call you on the phone first.

  48. Dr. C Says:

    Although there are numerous reasons NOT to give away the copyright of your thesis, doing an amazon.com search for Lambert Academic Publishing it comes out legit enough.

    I would vote for “not a scam”, but I still wouldn’t let them sell my thesis. So, scam, no, spam, yes!

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_7?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lambert+academic+publishing&x=0&y=0&sprefix=Lambert

  49. kate Says:

    i got the same email today. the name of my university was spelled incorrectly. as far as i’m concerned, this is obviously spam. and even if it’s not, and we really are all so brilliant that international companies are seeking to publish our theses/dissertations, where you publish certainly matters. if you really want your thesis published, shorten it to a journal length article and submit it to an appropriate academic journal.

  50. mia Says:

    What I like most about it is that my PhD thesis was published as an actual book about ten years ago and is not only available at UNC (which is the school they used for my contact email – too bad I’m a Blue Devil…), but also in the Library of Congress. ;) I wonder how they would like to top that in terms of “worldwide marketing”. ;)

  51. Margarida Says:

    Yes, I got it too! If it is not spam, then there must be a business model behind it. But, let’s be serious, who is going to buy our thesis? Of course they are all highly interesting (at least to us), but they are all probably public in the library of our former university anyway…. Maybe they assume that we will be so happy to have it printed that we will buy 50 copies to spread among our family and friends. And 50 copies is enough to get some benefits… I can’t think of another rational explanation.

  52. Margarida Says:

    Hey, in this blog I found some people that claim to have printed with VDM (same thing as LAP-publishing).

    http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2008/12/publishing-ones.html

    They say that this companies only print books on demand (and if they do print one book, the price is relatively high). They do no investment in advertising and all the editing costs are assumed by the author. This makes a little bit more sense as a business model….

  53. Marc Says:

    Got the same email this morning. I’m glad I checked this out first. They sure do have a lot of “acquisition editors.” : )

    “Dear Marc _________ ,

    While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of Kansas State University, I came across a reference to a work entitled “_______”.

    LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication
    of theses and dissertations.
    I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us
    towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with
    further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Sincerely yours,
    Nihah Naraina

    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln, Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109
    n.naraina@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Köln HRA 26549
    Partner with unlimited liability

    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft
    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 16777″

  54. Dr. Kate Says:

    I just got the same one, but with slightly different wording and a different editor. I emailed the ProQuest people (who “published” my dissertation) to ask if they knew anything else. The woman who replied said they’ve gotten lots of queries about them, but don’t know anything more.

  55. Pat Says:

    Got mine this morning and Googled it, thus I’m here. My contact was “Stephanie Alam, Acquisition Editor.”

    They do seem to be cranking out actual books (803 on Amazon), although it’s not clear if any of them are selling (those on the first couple pages of results are between 500,000th and 1,200,000th in sales). They apparently don’t edit their books, and they do want bank account info.

    Spam? Yes. Scam? Maybe.

  56. lou Says:

    Just got this email this morning, and it states the research was done at the Library of California Coast University. Googled the University, legit DISTANCE LEARNING University, no Library however. These scammers need to do more research on scamming. Also, Bank account info…. Seriously?

  57. BillBilly Says:

    I found it interesting that everyone who posted letters had different acquisition letters with non-German names.

    Now, I know Germany is a multicultural place, but gimme a break.

    A google of Saleem Chotoye, who sent me the email, revealed http://www.vdm-publishing-house.com/index.html

    It seems to me that this group has some sort of commission system for these “acquisition editors.” They sit around doing internet searches for dissertations and hope to get a few suckers to let this group “publish” them.

  58. IG Says:

    Got the same email a couple of days ago. checked their website and found something in the FAQ that I thought was interesting.

    “I am worried about giving out my bank details/ My account details changed in the meantime. How can I make sure to receive royalties?
    …..Should you leave the field “bank details” blank while registering, you need to type in your correct bank details until the 30th of June the following calender year when your royalties are due. If you refuse to provide with your bank details in time, or they are not correctly typed in, or the data is not valid/actual anymore by the deadline, you will not receive any royalties.”

    still a bit confused.

  59. Matt Says:

    “I got the same thing, but in reference to a thesis by someone else with my same first and last name (but not middle). So they just googled my publicly available work email address.”

    Me too – I’m an art historian; someone (in a different country) with the same surname + initials as me is a bone scientist; I got an email asking about my thesis on osteoperosis!

  60. Jeffrey Weinstock Says:

    Publishing with a vanity press — something not peer-reviewed and that takes everything — won’t help you in academia! Having served on job search committees, I can tell you–it raises all kinds of concerns about the applicant.

  61. Jeff Says:

    The best is that I received a follow up message, the tone of which sounding annoyed. What makes me think it is a scam is that a publishing house would never send out such poorly written and proofread communications.

    “I have mailed you recently concerning your work “XXX” I did not receive any answer could you please at least let me know whether you wold like to publish your work at our publishing house or was my mail lost?

    Thank you for your comprehension and time.

    Best regards,
    Nihah Naraina

    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln, Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109
    n.naraina@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Köln HRA 26549 Partner with unlimited liability

    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft
    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 16777

    Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber, Esther von Krosigk Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk

  62. Nadine Says:

    I got the same email and thought it was sus. LAP and VDM have virtually identical info on their websites. I called VDM Publishing and they don’t take phone calls but tell you to email. It sounds very dodgy but I have seen books published by VDM (not LAP though) … bizarre acquisition tactics that’s for sure!

  63. Anonymous Says:

    see page up!

  64. anu Says:

    LAP is not a spam

  65. Herbert Says:

    The commentators here interestingly are trying to convince it’s a valid business. Which it blatantly is not. Being listed on Amazon does not make this acquisition method acceptable. Printing one or two copies (for you and your mother) on demand probably already is their business model.

    Fun thing is, I got a request to publish a technical paper, which was not co-authored by me (but whose authors I collaborated with in other papers). So, it’s obviously spam, and not even very well researched.

  66. Peter Says:

    in my case that editor is:

    Saleem Chotoye
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln, Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

    s.chotoye@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

  67. Dawn Says:

    I got this email today too. I assume it is spam since I gave up my right to royalties and even paid a bit extra through Proquest to make my dissertation available for free download to anyone who wants it. As you can see, it is right here: http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#abstract?dispub=3355415

    So why would I want them to make it into a book and charge people for it? That makes no sense. It is spam at best, a scam at worst and I definitely won’t be replying.

  68. Scam Alert Says:

    In case there is any doubt after all the previous posts, this is definitely a scam. I received a message this morning from “LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG” saying “While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of Georgia State University, I came across a reference to a work entitled [name of thesis]. The problem? I live in Massachusetts, I haven’t been a grad student for almost 20 years, and I didn’t write the thesis. I just happen to have the same name as the author of the thesis. I’m a freelance writer and editor, and the message was sent to the email I use for my work, so at first I thought it was work related. So all you hard-working grad students – don’t fall for this! There are a lot of scams in the publishing business. I suspect they might be getting the email addresses from resumes posted online.

  69. atefeh Says:

    I too received a message form
    n.buron@lappublishing.com.
    After reading this page I wrote to them:
    If you are fishing for my bank account number, don’t even think about it

    thanks all

  70. random Says:

    I received one for my HUSBAND but with the wrong middle name and wrong university. it was also from n.buron.

    I really hope they don’t get any desperate grad students with this one.

  71. random Says:

    I suggest we all report this by forwarding the email you got to
    CFR2008A@gonsumerFraudReporting.org
    source-http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org

  72. random Says:

    woops, typo in the last one. change the g to c after the @

  73. Joa Says:

    I have a different view of LAP Publishing and I have indeed publish with them. I am not desperate at all. It has been a good experience and for your info, I have not provide my bank account as this is a choice. Me too at first I was sceptic because of the various comments, in fact none of the comments have mentioned that they steal money from authors. It is your right to think what you want but don’t write garbage when you don’t know what it is all about.Apart from the way they approach authors there is nothing to blame about them. I was very satisfy with their way of working. Whatever is written here does not affect the fact that I was treated professionnally from the beginning til the end of my book.

    Cheers.

  74. stewart colson Says:

    I just published my dissertation with LAP and am satisfied with how it all went down. Most chapters were published already so I just updated my lit review and wrote the blurb. I didn’t give them bank info because it wasn’t required. I don’t expect to make money–just have something to give my mother that isn’t a dry journal article. SHE liked it! Not a scam, but some of these posters are quite nasty about even being asked to publish. Lighten up.

  75. Anonymous Says:

    see the update at the top people who think LAP is not legit

  76. Troy Nunley Says:

    I’ve recently received the same email from LAP. As was mentioned above, LAP is affiliated with VDM. My wife published her dissertation with VDM and the experience was, for the record, an entirely positive one. For that reason, I will seriously consider the offer they extended to me and would not hesitate to recommend VDM and LAP to any grad students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to get their work printed. Regards to all…

  77. Kaye Says:

    Have just received the LAP email and wonder if it’s a scam. I replied asking what their requirements were should I agree to publication. I completed my thesis in 2002 and got a very good examiners’ report, but as I’m now almost 80 years old I wouldn’t want to get involved in anything shady – it might kill me!

  78. Dmitry Says:

    Hi,

    I have got this today and decided to publish it for Google indexing. Let more people find this forum!

    While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of University of Kuopio, I came across a reference to a work entitled “My Thesis title”.

    LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication of theses and dissertations.

    I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind regards,

    Natraj Seetaram
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln, Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

    n.seetaram@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com
    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Köln HRA 26549
    Partner with unlimited liability

    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft
    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 16777

    Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber, Esther von Krosigk
    Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk

  79. CW Says:

    I made the mistake of responding to them…here was the reply…yes, they ask for your account number, they want an upload without the copyright page, etc. I DID send an electronic version of my dissertation…
    I have a copy of the terms and conditions document if anyone is interested…

  80. E Says:

    I also just got this, glad there’s a message board. Definitely seems too good to be true to get a ‘free’ publication! What a strange company!

  81. LaTeX Says:

    I don’t see any problems with this publisher. You don’t have to give them your bank details, and can still get 1 free book. Or give them a bank account which you are not using anymore anyway.

    They won’t sell much, but you know what, it doesn’t cost them much either to run a print-on-demand service.

    Obviously don’t send in any work to them for which you have higher ambitions, but most of us probably won’t do too much with our master thesis after graduation. If someone buys it, great, if not, so what?

    For me it would be simply about getting my thesis into a nice format for my bookshelf. The only headache that might be involved is getting the thesis into the right format. I used Latex back then and haven’t used it since for many years, and I unfortunately won’t have much time to get back into it. Does anyone have a Latex template which satisfies their criteria straight away (see below)? I need to adjust my margins, line spacing, page numbering… If somebody could post the template Latex settings here that would be really helpful!

    Buchblock Checklist

    File Format: PDF.
    We recommend Windows-Users the use of a customized version of the software PDFCreator for the creation of a printable PDF file. This free and downloadable version is available at:

    http://www.vdm-verlag.de/downloads/pdf.exe

    File Name: buchblock

    Page Format: DIN A4 / Portrait Format

    Print Space: Full Justification

    Font Size: 12-14 (Text – Equals to book font size 8,5 -10) 11 (Footnotes – Equals to book font size 8)

    Font Type: Arial or Times New Roman is recommended for good readability.

    Margins: Left / Right 2 cm (min. 0,5 cm) Top / Bottom 2 cm (min. 0,5 cm)

    Line Spacing: 1,25 or 1,5-spaced (125 – 150%), Footnotes 1-spaced

    Page Numbering: The Table of Contents should begin with an uneven page number. Chapter One, that is, the main book text must also start on an uneven page number.

    Page Number Alignment: In Preference Centered – Or uneven page numbers on the
    right and even page numbers on the left hand side.

    Other: Cover Sheet and Statutory Declaration must be removed. Please remove them from your Table of Contents as well.

  82. Whitney Says:

    I don’t think it is spam or a scam but it certainly isn’t peer-reviewed publishing. If you want to go further in your academic career than MA level, you should certainly hold onto your manuscript and publish it in legitimate scholarly journals (as articles) or work into a larger monograph published by an established press.

    Also, I’m uncomfortable with a request from a publishing house for my bank information. Why are the prices of these books so inflated on AMAZON.COM?

    “There’s no charge, you get one free copy, the book is listed on amazon and is printed on demand. You will get royalties in June each year on copies sold, subject to certain conditions, and you retain enough copyright to publish journal articles.”

    But you can’t expect much more than this since it is not a peer-reveiwed press. Worth the chance if you have no aspirations beyond MA… but if you hope to be taken seriously in the scholarly community, I’d not recommend sending in your work.

  83. Meiling Tsang Says:

    I just received my through work for my MEd. I like the fact people are tracking this, I don’t recommend people to use a publisher they are not familiar with anyway.

  84. Saby Says:

    I received the same e-mail.
    “Dear ————,

    I am writing on behalf of an international publishing house, Lambert Academic Publishing.

    In the course of a research on the Arizona State University, I came across a reference to your thesis on “———————”.
    We are a international publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
    LAP would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment
    will be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Alina Covali
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln
    Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

    a.covali@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Köln HRA 26549
    Partner with unlimited liability:
    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft
    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 16777

    Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber, Esther von Krosigk

    Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk”

  85. Priyank Says:

    I received the same email but from a different Acquisition Editor:

    Christiane Jouan
    Acquisition Editor
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26
    50668 Köln, Germany Fon +49 681 3720-310 Fax +49 681 3720-3109
    c.jouan@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

  86. operamark Says:

    I did publish my DM Diss through VDM Verlag about a year ago. The process was smooth enough. I needed to provide all the editing. I asked them about some copyright issues and they didn’t seem too concerned, so I guess if there is ever a problem it will probably come back to me.

    The book showed up on all the online book sellers I could find, at a very high price. I did not provide any financial information to VDM yet. I could possibly receive royalties or credits that I can use to get more free copies of my own book, but that part of the process seems to have hit a snag and my account hasn’t been straightened out for the past 5 months.

    I did receive my one free copy, but they were not willing to send a comp copy to be reviewed by the one journal that requested it.

    As an active opera singer, I figured that publishing this way won’t hurt me if I every got back into academia. I think that probably remains the case. Most academics in my field don’t publish books. They mainly do their publishing in related journals and I still have the rights to publish large excerpts in these journals.

    So, I have mixed feelings at this point. It probably is an author mill and I may or may not even get another free copy of my book, much less a royalty, but I doubt my Diss would have ever been published without them approaching me.

  87. checkTheirAddress Says:

    Their address listed in the email:
    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 26 / 50668 Köln, Germany

    Looking at googlemaps, that address comes up with all of these companies:
    Auralog GmbH‎
    Bischoff & Partner‎
    Delta Media Filmproduktion‎
    Ellenbürger R. Diplom-Psychologin.‎
    Engstfeld Film GmbH‎
    Herr Dr. med. Thomas Gehrke‎ – 1 review
    Josef Eul Verlag GmbH‎
    Josef van Ooyen‎ Duplicate place
    Lap Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG‎
    Neue Psychologie Köln‎
    Park7 – Büro für nachhaltige Kommunikation‎
    Pfänder & Team GmbH‎
    Pott F.‎
    Prof. Dr. Bischoff & Partner Treuhand- und Steuerberatungsges. mbH‎
    Prof. Dr. Bischoff Unternehmensberatung AG‎
    Salm J.‎
    TAS Telemarketing Service GmbH‎
    Turhan Fügen‎
    Wzu Wirtschaftscolleg Verlag GmbH‎

  88. Yrsa Says:

    I got the exact same message in my PRIVATE Facebook account inbox…

    SCAM!

  89. Canada Says:

    Also got this e-mail via facebook this morning.

    Why isn’t their website published in German, considering they’re from Saarbruecken?

    Seems sketch!

  90. Rita Holland Says:

    I got the same email but from:

    Farzabeen Bahadoor
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    She says she’s from Mauritius. My thesis is 10 years old and most of it has been published, so I can’t see them selling any copies.

  91. what to do? Says:

    Hey, I just got one of these same emails-One of my friends published with VDM and had no problem. I know we can publish up to 80% of the “book” in journal articles, but I want to know how this actually affects publishing in a journal due to the Journal’s copyright laws. I assume it depends upon the journal but want to know if any of you have ever had any problems with this or what you think?

  92. Peter Says:

    Same message, another (computer-generated?) “acquisition editor”:

    Natraj Seetaram
    Acquisition Editor

    Couldn’t find any examples on Amazon, Barnes & Noble that had customer reviews. I did find one that had “2 new” available and “1 used” — at a higher price than the new one!

  93. T Says:

    Scam – absolutely – they have found a niche market that is profitable because people are desperate to publish. The giveaways – 1) publishers don’t need to solicit but need to be convinced to publish any work produced by a less than world-famous academic, and PhD theses in the social sciences are the least desirable texts from a publishers’ perspective! 2) the research they do to find texts is so BAD – I was approached to publish a paper I recently gave at a conference that is currently in press as a chapter in a collected volume, but they listed it as my recent PhD thesis (alas my not so recent PhD thesis was never published in the 80s – I might have jumped at the opportunity had they named the right title and subject!) 3) their ‘acquisition editor’ can’t write simple English sentences without errors…. and 4) bank details!? give me a break!

  94. Dva Says:

    I got a similar email as well but this time the editor is Parvez Bheenick. Do all these names ring a bell? Strangely related or of a similar origin

  95. Peter Says:

    I think the editors’ names are made up or possibly computer-generated.

  96. Caode Says:

    Here’s the scam.

    The email comes from @lappublishing.com, while the company is lap-publishing.com If you go to the website it redirects you to the real web server. (on the DNS level) Jowever, the mail server that it’s sent from: mail.lappublishing.com is a very different machine (mail.lap-publishing.com being the legit one.)

    This is called phishing.

  97. Frank Badessa Says:

    Received the same email on January 27th I thought it looked funny and a scam so I am glad I investigated, thanks for the updates and I’ll pass it on to some of my friends.

  98. Megha Says:

    Not even a single comment on this board has provided a complete reasoning as to why this message from LAP is a scam! A few of you have said that the reason is because they have asked for your bank account information. But NONE have experienced or heard that this publisher cons people by taking away their money! So what if they ask for your bank information? Even if you buy an underwear online you have to give out your bank information, that doesn’t mean people have stop shopping online with the fear of having their identities stolen! I am going to reply to them and also give them my bank information, as I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t!

    PS: It is understandable if you are looking for your work to be used in some fancy future research in some fancy lab, or if are ready to wait for your work to be published by some elite publisher, and seriously think that this will happen! Because obviously LAP seems to be a small or a start-up company and is not considered as one of the big-wigs of the publishing industry. But I know that I will not even get this much recognition for my MS thesis work even if I wait for years! Apart from this reason, if you are just dissing this publisher as a fraud without any evidence to back this rather serious allegation, but only because others are doing so, then get a life!

  99. James Says:

    Just curious if anyone has got any royalties back?

    I am confused as how can they get money from you if you provide an empty bank account – which you just put $1 in it.?

  100. Ray Says:

    Olga Bobutac — that is the name of my acquisition editor. Why do all these editors have slightly unconventional names.

    My thesis is freely available online from my university. So im wondering what the point of all this is.. besides getting a free printed version.

    Any thoughts?.. I wonder how this could be a scam.. as they’re not getting any money from me, besides the thesis which is freely available to anyone as a pdf.

  101. Josef Says:

    I thought I was the “only” one who received this email but after reading all this Im blown away.
    Im not sure how they found my current email address since it has been years (almost 7) that I finished my thesis. Bank account details, yeah sure why not and while Im there I will post it on the internet too!
    I was under the impression just like many of you here that the University pretty much owns the rights to your work.
    I think I will just ignore….ignore…and ignore.
    Thanks for all your comments/posts.

  102. Kevin Says:

    You can turn you dissertation/thesis into a book, or chop it up for smaller publications in peer-reviewed journals. What’s crucial here is that your research is reviewed by your academic peers and deemed worthy for publication. I could just as well go to a self-publishing company and turn my dissertation into a “book’ (it has a front cover, back cover, and alot of pages in between), but could I include that on my academic CV? NO. For a company to offer to publish my dissertation (yes, I got this email too) without having read anything but the title makes me think that their motives are other than academic. The initial satisfaction of seeing my work in book form would quickly be superseded by the fact that this book, and years of my work and research, would not be of much use as it is an unrecognized publication in academia. And would they hold the rights to this? If a proven academic press wanted to publish it, I think it would be problematic. I’m not sure if the company’s legit or not, but, as far as I’m concerned, I’ll work to publish it with a publishing house that has proven academic credentials.

  103. Anonymous Says:

    This seems very shady. My wife got an email today as well. I did some research (I should write a book about it and have them publish it :) and found this company: http://www.vdm-publishing-house.com/location.html
    They are apparently affiliated with VDM and LAP in Germany but they are located in Mauritius. This must be the reason why all the emails are signed by some Mamboo Jambo name. They do the acquisition. I wonder what the legal aspects of this whole business model are since unsolicited emails are illegal in Germany and involved companies can be fined (maybe that is another reason why they are using an African company).
    It appears that they actually do publish your work and probably don’t steal your money but I still wouldn’t trust them. No legitimate business would use such acquisition methods.
    If you have a dissertation that’s worth publishing then you’ll be able to find a legitimate publisher to do so. If it’s not then just PDF it and throw it on your website (or find an online repository for it). Why would you want others to pay big bucks for your dissertation when you don’t even get much of it because most of it would end up in the publisher’s pocket? When you did your research would you have wanted to pay big bucks for someone else’s dissertation? Probably not. Most people who will be interested in your dissertation will be other students so why make them pay?
    And is it worth to spend time and effort on formatting your dissertation according to their guidelines (as posted somewhere above) just to receive one copy? You should already have a copy anyway from your library when you submitted your dissertation.

  104. Anonymous Says:

    Here is some more info from http://www.vdm-verlag.de/index.php?&act=nav&nav=10002

    Dr. Wolfgang P. Müller
    Vorstandsvorsitzender
    Strategie, Unternehmensentwicklung, Controlling
    Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, geb. 1966, studierte Sozialwissenschaften in Köln und promovierte in Sozialphilosophie an der TU München. Seit 1986 ist er als Unternehmer tätig und leitete zunächst Unternehmen im Bereich Personalentwicklung und Beratung, bevor er 1992 ins Verlagsgeschäft einstieg.
    2001 begann er mit dem VDM-Konzept einen neuartigen Weg der Autorengewinnung und Vermarktung. Im Mittelpunkt des Konzepts steht die Content-Generierung und Content-Vermarktung – also die rasche, industrialisierte Umsetzung des Manuskriptes in ein Buch. Mit über 20.000 Neuerscheinungen pro Jahr zählt VDM inzwischen zu den produktivsten Verlagen weltweit. Für Wolfgang P. Müller steht heute die Entwicklung neuer Verlagskonzepte und die Internationalisierung von VDM im Vordergrund.

    Here is the Google translation (not perfect but I don’t feel like doing the work):

    Dr. Wolfgang P. Müller
    CEO
    Strategy, business development, controlling
    Wolfgang Philipp Müller born 1966, studied
    Social Sciences in Cologne and a Ph.D. in
    Social philosophy at the Technical University of Munich. Since 1986 he has been
    Initially managed businesses and entrepreneurs working in the field
    Staff development and consultancy, before he in 1992
    Publishing business got on.
    In 2001 he started with the VDM approach a novel way of
    Author extraction and marketing. The focus of the concept
    is the content generation and content marketing – that is,
    the rapid, industrialized implementation of the manuscript into a
    Book. With more than 20,000 new books per year VDM is
    Meanwhile the world’s most productive publishers. For Wolfgang
    P. Miller focuses on the development of new concepts and Publisher
    the internationalization of VDM in the foreground.

    So that’s what they are all about…

  105. Anonymous Says:

    got the same email today.

    Dear ***,

    I am writing on behalf of the International publishing house, Lambert Academic
    Publishing.

    In the course of a research at the University of ***, I came across a
    reference to your work in the field of ***.
    We are an International publisher whose aim is to make academic research available
    to a wider audience.
    LAP Publishing would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the
    form of a printed book.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further
    information in an attachment
    will be greatly appreciated.

    I look forward to hearing from you
    Kind regards,

    Cristina Caus
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
    Saarbrücken
    Dudweiler Landstraße 99, 66123 Saarbrücken Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109
    c.caus@lap-publishing.com / http://www.lap-publishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
    Partner with unlimited liability:
    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft

    Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber,
    Esther von Krosigk

    Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA
    André Gottschalk

  106. Anonymous Says:

    Got the same email on Feb. 23 from Beatrice Bessons with LAP.

  107. Paul Says:

    I just got the same email too, but from Anoushka Munusami. The publication they’ve credited me with is one I have no knowledge of (I haven’t even finished my thesis yet!), and the email looks as though its an autofilled template based on web searches (you can tell from the arbitrary line and sentence spacings at various points in the email). Also, I’m wondering whether the different domain name of the email addresses and publisher website is significant…

    on email: @lappublishing
    website: lap-publishing.com

    And then I noticed that a couple of others have already made the same point in previous comments. That does it for me – the email is going in the bin to be forgotten.

    Besides, the fact you get your thesis/dissertation put in book form is irrelevant – peer review is important in academia. If I want to publish my thesis as a book, I’ll self publish through lulu or similar.

    Thanks all.

  108. starpath Says:

    The same email has reached me (March 6th 2010). Working on the good advice above I have binned it. Thanks.

  109. name Says:

    paul and other academics you should save the mail for archival purposes

    some newspapers will eventually uncover this scam anyway

  110. Bob Says:

    The problem is that they ask you to remove your frontpages where it says “submitted to XX university”. Then in the new blurb that they ask you to write on the back cover, they dont ask you to name your university. I suspect that if you put the university’s name in your blurb, they might ask you to take it off before they print it. If so it may be an outright case of copyright theft, at the university’s expense. Universities would be hardpressed to monitor all this and are being taken advantage of. Copyright is a vexxed area though: as author you always retain some amount of copyright, but for limited uses. Universities wont prevent you publishing your work, and this is one form of publication. I simply feel that if my university is not mentioned it is unfair. Usually when I publish a paper from my thesis I list my address as being at the university I was in at the time when the work was done. Is this convention being circumvented here? I have often heard that in some countries the university gets money (from the government) anywhere from $ 1000 to $10 000 depending on impact factor for every publication in a peer-reviewed jornal. So the business model seems to me to be at someones expense (the university’s), unless I hear that they are quite happy to list your address as being at the university you did the work under.

  111. Bob Says:

    follow up:

    I just noticed that LAP is listed as being based in Mauritius (rather than Germany), on this site

    http://www.linkedin.com/companies/lap-publishing

    However its not possible to conclude that LAP is fraudulent, as anyone can get themselves listed as a company on the Linked-In network

    Like many I use Linked in as a way of retaining some independence over who has my CV and what is listed as my stock-in-trade. I wouldnt think that anyone could maintain a false identity on Linked-In for very long. The LAP Linkedf-In site might tend to take the public shine off the company though. So if there is real LAP out there in Germany, guys you better get onto this ‘Mauritius’ mob.

    P.S. my colleague published her thesis through Verlag (after suffiucient papers had been milked from it, and beyond 5 years), and she never said anything to me about royalties, amazon, or bank accounts. I’m wondering whether Verlag may do better justice to the university etcetera, see my previous post, and I’ll ask my colleague whether they did allow her to list her university. On the topic of peer review, your thesis was, otherwise you wouldn’t have your degree.

  112. Bec Says:

    I got this email today at my work account (which would be rather difficult to locate), and the piece they’re talking about isn’t even mine! It’s a woman (who I actually happen to know) with the same name who attended university in North America, while I’m in Australia!

  113. Anonymous Says:

    I got the same email last night, I havent even finished my masters yet and I have no idea where they got my uni email address from but the title they mentioned is specific to the lab that I’m situated. Very strange company, wouldn’t trust ‘em as far as I could throw ‘em

  114. Madan Says:

    I am shocked with the complexity of this scam. I browsed for the name of the editor and surprising could not find anything. This made me a bit fishy. Also they ask for the bank account number and that is the strangest of all. Its a sophisticated form of “Nigerian Scams”.

  115. Anonymous1 Says:

    Your affiliated university is the only entity that has copyright entitlement to your published thesis/dissertation. So having anyone else copy it for sale elsewhere is considered an illegal arrangement by both national and international law and can get you into a boatload of trouble that you just don’t want to deal with. Goto the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which works as a special subunit of the FBI and file a complaint. They will look into it and you’ve done your duty as an upstanding post-grad :)

  116. vvvvv Says:

    Most US universities allow the author to keep the copyright of their work. Not the university. My university does not own my thesis, I do, and like most US universities mine got me to submit it to UMI. So they are already my publisher. The spammers don’t seem to know this.

  117. Mikeal Says:

    They emailed every student in my department at LSU simultaneously without even bothering to reference specific titles of our work, just our names. Total spam fake, right up there with granting PhDs based on your “life experience.”

  118. Adam Says:

    Mine was odd as the email was addressed to my name I use in my personal life, Adam, but my thesis and my college all acknowledge me as Stephen!?!?

    Adam

  119. michal Says:

    I also got this mail. thank you for this warning

  120. David Zyngier Says:

    My colleague at Monash University had her thesis published by LAP – http://www.amazon.com/Eco-Literacy-Missing-Paradigm-Environmental-Education/dp/383830375X/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270624194&sr=1-17

    I therefore assume it is quite legitimate!

  121. Anonymous Says:

    I got this today. They asked me for an e-mail address of my student who wrote a really crappy BSc thesis — in Slovenian language! I doubt they’d sell many of these. :)

    The editor of the day is Anoushka Munusami. Must be a big company, with so many editors.

  122. Jennifer Says:

    This is what I got in my inbox today:

    While researching publishable academic papers at the ____________________ , I came across a reference to a work entitled _______________________ : for chamber orchestra . (Yes, that’s right. My thesis was a piece of music.)
    LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication
    of theses and dissertations.
    I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us
    towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with
    further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind Regards,

    Hadiyyah Solim

    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG

    I _highly_ doubt they realize that my thesis was a piece of music. SCAM.


  123. Most people seem to have missed a message half way down. There are two websites:
    http://www.lap-publishing.com (the other poster says it’s genuine)
    http://www.lappublishing.com (said to be fake)

    It’s a phishing scam


  124. [...] the form of an email from LAP publishing, inviting me to publish my thesis with them. LAP's deal is not quite a scam, although it's certainly not my first choice of publisher. So, better get moving and find a better [...]

  125. Fellon Anon Says:

    I got the generic we found your thesis and all. But a few differences:
    it was sent through facebook by “Constantin V Panin” acquisition director; they had my correct name; but they missed one minor detail… Unless I blacked out and wrote a thesis during that time I have no idea what they’re talking about. I’m only an undergrad. .

  126. Varanita Says:

    Ok,now-you-all-look-like-sheep-that-go-after-a-stupid-shepard. Take a-moment-and-think-about-the-opportunity-that-is-given-to-you.The-bank-account-info-is-not-necessary.You-may-give-it-if-you-want-to.We-all-are-independent-personalities-so-why-wouldn’t-we-take-decisions-on-our-own,why-to-listen-to-some-stupid-strangers-that-are-scared-of-each-new-thing-happened-to-them.For-those-who-wonder-where-did-LAP-take-their-contacts:google-yourself-and-see-the-amount-of-info-you-can-get-very-easy,just-like-that.

  127. Vincent Says:

    I just got the same one… in French since I am a francophone who had written a masters thesis in sociology of aging back in 2007 (Université de Montréal). I found other links that question this editor as a scamer. By the way, the editor’s name is Éditions Universitaires Européennes in French.

    After reading plenty of blogs on the subject, I decided not to publish my thesis under this editor. There is something fishy about their approach that is not quite right to me.

    Regards,
    Vincent

  128. Patriciah Kamau Says:

    After reading a number of comments on this site, l almost got discouraged that probably l had published my MA thesis in vain. However, l was wrong and today l sited on Amazon.com my book INTEGRATING SPIRITUALITY WITH PSYCHOLOGY AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS: A Lay Counseling Case Study, for Holistic Counseling by Patriciah Kamau. If you google this title or my name under authors, you will get to see it.

  129. Anon Says:

    Hi all,

    I got the same email and have read most of the posts in this forum. A few observations:

    1. The impulse is of course to dismiss this as a scam even before you’ve opened the email. But has anyone actually lost their money? At the same time, LAP is asking for bank info: obviously, you want to be extremely prudent about this request. LAP might be legit, and you might decide to use them, but I’d say only for certain reasons, and certainly none of these reasons is valid academically or unambiguously ethical.

    2. I own the copyright to my thesis: not my university, and I’d guess your situation is the same. But your university was a player in the process. Research the possible legal consequences well before giving away your rights to your work. Make sure, for example, that in the future you will never want to publish any part of your thesis in a peer-reviewed journal or by a well known publishing house: the venues that we all know are required to build a solid reputation in academia. LAP is pretty clearly a vanity press at best, so if you have no plans for your work and want some hard copies, or if you are no longer in academia, you might consider publishing with them, but if you have an academic career in your past or in progress, it would have been immediately obvious to you that this kind of publishing will not advance your career, and could damage it. My guess is you might be better off publishing it yourself or using a local vanity press in your locale where you have better access, means of redress, etc., if needed (but again, don’t think of these either as worthy of listing in your CV). See Kevin, Feb 23, 2010.

    3. Your email address might be more available than you think. Easy for someone with good internet skills. Your Facebook email inbox is either publicly accessible, or readily accessible through other Facebook accounts–as far as I know, it is not private.

    4. My conclusion is: if you’ve thoroughly checked LAP out as a company and are satisfied they’re legally legit, make sure you know you’re (1) giving/sharing your intellectual rights with them (be especially careful if you’ve already published any part of your thesis already), and (2) to be “published” by a vanity press like LAP does not amount to a credible publication to list on your CV. If you’re going to do it, be sure the editorial legitimacy and academic respectability of your work don’t matter to you–personally, to your CV, and to your (past, present, or future) career. An experienced academic in your field reading your CV will probably be able to tell, if not immediately, then after a quick google. This easy discovery will certainly not make your CV more attractive, but will raise questions about you.

  130. Luke Turnbull Says:

    Let me repeat what I said in a previous post. Some people appear to be getting a genuine message from this genuine firm. However, others are getting emails that have a similar URL to the genuine company, with the same content. This is called Phishing. I would be very worried that if I put my bank details onto the non-genuine website, I would lose a lot of money.

    If you’re not sure about this, browse through the previous posts and look for “phishing”.

    Beware.

  131. G m Says:

    I also rececueved a similar ditto mail.
    thank God I came across these posts.
    Otherwise I was jumping with joy that my work is gonna published.
    I sensed something fishy when they sa dissertation work is published ‘without ‘ references.
    anways I too will suggeat ..Beware

  132. leresia Says:

    I should’ve checked this out before answering, I unfortunately answered to let them send me something to my email with ‘further information’, and they found me on my facebook. In fact there is a page for the LAMBERT Academic Publishing on the internet, but maybe I should’ve checked the name that I googled on before I sent this. Oh well I might just send him a retract saying that I can’t.

  133. Tim Says:

    I look forward to hear from you
    Kind regards,
    Tatiana Zetu
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
    Saarbrücken
    Dudweiler Landstraße 99, 66123 Saarbrücken Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

    t.zetu@lappublishing.com / http://www.lappublishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
    Partner with unlimited liability:
    VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft

    Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk

    Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk

  134. Anonymous Says:

    I also get the same message today.

  135. facebook Says:

    they found me on facebook….didn’t even contact me through appropriate channels

  136. Peishi Says:

    Anybody here, has gone further with Lambert? I received the same email and I am willing to see the results… maybe it is not fraud!! Please let me know if I’m wrong!

  137. liza Says:

    I was almost publishing with them but with all the posts have come across, i think am not that desperate. why would somebody cheat that they found about me when they were in my university and my thesis anyway is published as a monograph by my university?

  138. M Abdollahifar Says:

    Hi dear
    today, I also got this mail. thank you for this warning
    everyone, please, send this email to your friend

  139. Tadesse Says:

    Hello everybody! I received the same email two weeks ago, regarding the publication of my phd thesis for free by LAP. And that seems to me very strange because the email was very personalysed, with my name and thesis’ title. have I trush it guys??
    I aheven’t got answer how they managed to get my details?

    thanks

  140. Eleonora Says:

    Hi all,

    I got the same e-mail a few days ago. I am not sure what to think after looking at the comments but it seems I could do without this company. Best regards,
    E

  141. Suzanne Says:

    Just about to send my work now but couldn’t upload it. Google to learn more about uploading in buchblock.pdf and felt on these comments. Thank God, everything happened for a reason and this is it. Thanks for the insight


  142. Hello Folks,

    They are NOT scam or perpetrators. They are real. But a serious scholar will NEVER publish with them because they are the so called “vanity press” and one serious really doesn’t need a vanity publication; a book published with them will not look good on your CV to any respectful and serious scholar. Moreover, such a publication can damage your academic career. I you are not a serious scholar with academic ambitions and if want to have a publication just for the sake of having it, you can published with them. But serious and ambitious scholars should publish with serious university presses.

    They contacted me three years ago when I already revised my dissertation and had a contract. Then I thought maybe I should have a German translation of my book. I consulted with my mentors and they said: NO. DO NOT DO THIS, IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO DAMAGE YOUR ACADEMIC LIFE. I did not.

    Best,
    Boris G,
    Historian

  143. MAT Says:

    Thanks Boris – that’s what I wanted to know – if it damages your credibility, it’s not for me.

    After all, I have a spare empty bank account anyone’s welcome to try raiding, and a spare e-mail address apparently known to most of the world’s spammers already. Where’s the harm?

    There’s the harm.

  144. Maris Says:

    I have recerved the same e-mail. I have look at amazon.co.uk in advanced search, and could find dissertation published by LAP.

  145. Lynn Says:

    Got the same thing. I wonder if it goes beyond selling vanity pieces. Since I am in general a skeptic, and have also worked in law for quite awhile, I have to wonder if they are trying to gain access to copyright ownership through some signed agreement. That way if you publish later, you could find yourself in court with a copyright violation?

  146. Heertje Says:

    Mine was by Dmitrii Ghimisli. Funny business. Chucked it.

  147. Anonymous Says:

    I have also received it, and was almost going to send them dissertation.Thanks for posting this!

  148. Brian Shiro Says:

    I got an email from LAP a few weeks ago and responded saying I was interested in learning more. Elena Alexei and I have exchanged a few emails so far, and she seems very personable and responsive to questions. I sent her a link where she can download a PDF of my thesis before noticing this discussion thread. I’m thinking now that I’ll bail on the idea since even if this is a legitimate outfit, it’s not a respected publisher. The contact information I was given is as follows:

    Ms. Elena Alexei
    Acquisition Editor
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
    Dudweiler Landstraße 99
    66123 Saarbrücken
    Germany
    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109
    e.alexei@lap-publishing.com
    http://www.lap-publishing.com

  149. Lori Says:

    I received the same e-amil, the problem is other, the guessed Acquisition Editor

    dont have now the valid e-mail adress, because I wrote a message and this came daemon. Who can be the problem?

  150. rutger Says:

    I received the same email from Dmitrii Ghimisli. He contacted me via FB and it seemed very genuine. So, I exchanged two or three emails with the guy, asking for more information. However, my thesis is 4 years old and I can’t think of many people that are interested in an outdated thesis. So, I didn’t publish it. Thus, even though I don’t think it’s a scam, publishing your work does not seem as the wisest thing to do here.

  151. Chiranji Lal Chowdhary Says:

    I also got mail from LAP. Thanks all for posting this.
    Dear CHIRANJI LAL CHOWDHARY,

    I am writing on behalf of an international publishing house, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

    In the course of a research on the ***********, B*$%%^^&&, I came across a reference to your thesis on “***************************”.
    We are an international publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
    LAP would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment
    will be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Tatiana Costandachi
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
    Dudweiler Landstraße 99
    66123 Saarbrücken
    Germany

    Fon +49 681 3720-310
    Fax +49 681 3720-3109

    t.costandachi(at)lappublishing.com / http://www.lappublishing.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
    General unlimited partner:
    VDM Management GmbH

    Geschäftsführung: Dr. Wolfgang Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk

  152. talha awwal Says:

    my dad also received such a mail, but instead of emailing his thesis, he gave them another book. they have published the book and i have it with me right now. it is also available at amazon and other online stores.

  153. Adam Says:

    I did publish my work with LAP, had pleasant communication with the acquisition manager, who also has a professional linkedin page to which I was added, got a free copy sent to me a few months ago, gave my bank account but nothing of course was stolen because it’s NOT scam. If I’m lucky I will get royalties in June. So far my book is for sale all over the internet and I’m happy. If you don’t like it, then don’t do it, but scam is something completely different than this.

  154. Saima Says:

    I also received same spam today.Then in order to check what it is i searched LAP Lambert Academic Publishing on google to check what it is and then came across this page.But my question is that
    What it is???????????

  155. techniclog Says:

    I got this too. Thanks to this post. Now I know that this is a spam.

  156. Jonathan Says:

    I received (quite) the same mail today.. for my PhD thesis on climate evolution in Italy…
    Here it is my fast answer:

    My PhD thesis is already available for free in some Italian research databases.

    In my opinion, I think that “selling” a PhD thesis at an illogical high price, would be not exacly the way of “research” i got on my mind.

    Nevertheless, have a nice day!

    I don’t rely on such scam-like (I know that it’s not scam, but, c’mon guys, it’s not a dreamy chance to be.. uhm.. scientifically respected) publishers..

  157. FWS Says:

    I also received it today, with Ecaterina Tomsa as acquisition editor, and was searching on them on the internet until I found this thread. Since the discussion has been going on for almost two years, I guess their business is still doing well. Anyways, as someone who still wants to continue with further academic career, I then will ignore it thanks to all the information given above.

  158. kuke Says:

    Amazing me and my sis got it at the same time
    and date…and it says they found our address
    from our college website…I think it is a spam…

  159. Wong Says:

    I don’t thing that LAP is scam. They have published my MSc works. Actually, that is an old research back in 1996.

    My works has been published in the Amazon.com and indexed by Google. Actually, it is good enough for me.

    I didn’t give them my bank info (they don’t force me to do that). I don’t expect someone buy that book b’coz the topic is too technical. May be not relevant anymore.

  160. Nikos Says:

    The problem with the mail I received is that they confused the title of my PhD thesis, having replaced it by the title of another paper of mine recently published. This kind of frivolity is repeling, and raises serious doubts about the way they get personal information, so I ll pass it.

    N.

  161. Alexey Says:

    This company got Russia! I received an e-male from them about 2 days ago. My colleague got this mail also. In the e-mail title was the name of one of my articles. But they didn’t point out the title of my PhD work. A good way to save money from nothing! Great respect to them!

  162. Abhranil Das Says:

    It’s not a scam or spam. They published my book and sent me a free copy. And just a few days ago they deposited royalties to my account.

  163. Andy Scorah Says:

    I also got an email, but from Just Fiction-Edition, they are connected to LAP, but are after novels and short stories, here is a copy of letter.
    Dear Mr Ronin,

    I am writing on behalf of a new international publishing house, JustFiction! Edition.

    In the course of a web-research I came across a reference of your manuscript PATIENT-X and it has caught my attention.

    We are a publisher recognized worldwide, whose aim it is to help talented but international yet unknown authors to publish their manuscripts supported by our experience of publishing and to make their writing available to a wider audience.

    JustFiction! Edition would be especially interested in publishing your manuscript as an e-book and in the form of a printed book and all this at no cost to you, of course.

    If you are interested in a co-operation I would be glad to send you an e-mail with further information in an attachment.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards
    Evelyn Davis
    Acquisition Editor

    Just Fiction! Edition is a trademark of:
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
Dudweiler Landstr. 99
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany

    Phone: +49 681 3720-310
Fax: +49 681 3720-3109
Email: e.davis@justfiction-edition.com
    http://www.justfiction-edition.com

    Register court/number: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
Identification Number (Verkehrsnummer): 12917

    Partner with unlimited liability/Persönlich haftende Gesellschafterin: VDM Management GmbH
    Register court/number: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918

    Managing directors/Geschäftsführer: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk
    Sent a reply just waiting to see what comes back.

  164. Henrik Says:

    got one, too…almost believed it because it was written in good English, no usual grammar mistakes. What puzzled me is how they offered to publish my work without even having red it. Pretty sophisticated, though!

  165. Reviewer Says:

    I read through this and many people just think that this publication house is spam or scam. In my opinion, it is not. It is not because I have published my book to this publisher, then I agree it is good publisher. I also realize that everybody wishes their manuscript can be published in reputable publishers. Some said this publisher is vanity, but actually all humans are looking for vanity. It is kind of pursuing the dignity of egocentric humans’ life. Later on you expect others want to contact you because of your manuscript has been published worldwide. Then you will publish again. You do that it’s not only you are happy with your own vanity but also your institution want their staff who have many publications (book and Journal). This is kind of supremacy of humans’ intelligent and also idiotic. At this point, whatever you published your manuscript is just only showing your vanity and also idiotic. Because you just give rubbish to society. As I mentioned previously, many people wish their manuscript published in reputable publishers or journals because this can make us reputable author and receive many grants. But I read many of them and I find that some of their manuscripts also show rubbish. When I compare with low profile publisher or journal, I can find many manuscript with high quality results. Of course, some also have low profile manuscripts. If I am reputable author, it’s easier to me for publication my manuscripts even my work is just only very simple model and then as reviewer I can reject many unknown authors who actually also have very good quality of manuscript. This is because they have the same research of interest as myself. Also, I dont need someone interrupt my area with unknown authors in certain reputable journal that I published many. But, if they contact me and they ask me to join and put my name as author, then after I review and publish the manuscript. Only one reason for guarantee, this can be published because I am reputable author. Am I fair ? Of course not. But this situation happens to our academic.

  166. Asklepios Says:

    There is a Spanish branch of LAP LAMBERT, called Editorial Académica Española, sending the same email (in Spanish). I don’t think it is serius, as my thesis was digitally published in 2008 (free access).

    Estimado _______________:

    Me dirijo a Usted en representación del grupo editorial internacional de textos científicos, Editorial Académica Española.

    Consultando la base de datos de la Biblioteca de xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, encontramos una referencia a su tesis sobre “xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”.

    Nuestra editorial está interesada en colocar su trabajo a disposición de un público más extenso. Por consiguiente, me comunico con Usted para conocer su interés en publicar su tesis en forma de libro impreso.

    Agradeceré que incluya en su respuesta una dirección de correo electrónico mediante la cual pueda enviarle información adicional en un archivo adjunto.

    Esperando su respuesta, me despido de Usted muy cordialmente.
    ——————————————————————–
    Atentamente,
    Calix Furus

    Departamento de Adquisiciones

    Editorial Académica Española es una marca comercial de:
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG

    Dudweiler Landstr. 99
    D – 66123 Saarbrücken
    Teléfono: +49 681 3720-310
    Fax: +49 681 3720-3109
    Email: c.furus[at]eae-publishing.com
    Web: http://www.eae-publishing.com

    Registro de corte/número: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
    Número de identificación (Verkehrsnummer): 12917
    Socio con responsabilidad ilimitada/Persönlich haftende Gesellschafterin: VDM Management GmbH
    Registro de corte/número: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918
    Los directores generales/Geschäftsführer: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk

  167. D29 Says:

    In real sense….every research work is not always possible to be published in a good cited Journal with impact factor. And more over, its not only that these well cited journal are not asking money for a copy of the research article, they really do!!! and that sucks when u r in a great need for your research related matter. If LAP is a scam the i dare that all cited Journal is the mother of all scam………….
    Thxxxx

  168. Daniel Says:

    It is a spam and a fraud. It is spam because they bombard hundreds of people with unwanted emails signed by suspicious looking names with shady locations. And it is a fraud because they are NOT an academic publisher, but rather a print-on-demand service. There are no reviewers, editors, editoral board, corrections, they don’t distribute to bookshops or libraries (the books are printed on demand after you ordered them from Amazon, etc). Moreover, no serious publisher with a basic regard to quality would agree to publish something they have not even read.
    It is also fraud to advertise a book as “academic” when they are often coursework essays, Masters dissertations and all sorts of materials subjected to no quality control or peer review. And it is a blatant swinddle to put those books up in Amazon with an academic-book price tag (40-90 dollars) that suggest that the book is an important contribution to a field, whereas more often than not they are poorly organised summaries of basic knowledge or average-to-good coursework that should be given away for free.

  169. itsfareast Says:

    Is LAP scam or not? I am really really confused about that!!! Frankly, I also received one, and unfortunately, I have already sent them my thesis. I am really curious that why they can publish our work free? how can they earn money? I dont believe anybody would buy the book(if).

  170. Daniel Says:

    itsfareast: they make money because they only need to sell a few books at that price to make a profit. That will be unaware librarians, authors who work at an education institution and can order a book for their library, uninformed people who see the cover in Amazon and think is a legit academic monograph… etc. The costs for them are minimal because the immense majority of their boos only exist as thumbnails in Amazon: they don’t need warehouses, industrial printing equipment, very little staff, no editors or correctors, no marketing or distribuition department, etc.

  171. vee iya Says:

    How good it is to be a patient and sincere post-grad. The only reason i did not immediately send my thesis to these characters was that I asked them for time to enable my University hold its convocation during which the doctorate would be formally conferred on me before I can go ahead to publish it. Unknown to me the scamers were getting impetient and therefore came under the guise of yet another Publishing outfit called David Publishing purportedly based in U.S.A. But when they started asking me to pay $50 dollars per page up-front the scales instantly fell off my eyes, hence, I promptly told them off. It was obviously same characters who hijacked my @mail a couple of days later and started using it to demand for money from most of my contacts. Fortunately for me, no one gave them anything before I was informed. I then immediately alerted all my contacts through another means, thus successfully putting them out of business.

  172. Girl0101 Says:

    I got it in my facebook message from an “aquisition editor” Karen Holmes, the name producing phisher is getting more sophisticated! Apparent she is from “Australia” and has been to Curtin University, wow! Not bad looking photograph too!

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001995378339

    I’ve graduated in 6/2011.I couldnt believe it, someone was interested in my thesis? but since i know that Unis get paid for articles published via known publications, and i get nothing, i figured that this was probably not serious.
    I would agree with someone that said that it is academic suicide, and it wont help ones CV either, so no point going along with it.

  173. Anonymous Says:

    got the same proposition via email.i have no reason to let them print it.if you´re supposed to be someone in academia you´ll find a less suspicious path.

  174. Luk Says:

    I have started my PhD just now, and they have become interested in my thesis … so weird.
    Lap, please leave people alone!

  175. Ninja Says:

    I dont even have a thesis, just a 8-page conference publication, and they have already emailed me, an interesting scandinavian name as the editor.

  176. Pete Cadmus Says:

    how did they get my email?
    hey, how many of you used (or were forced to use) Proquest to electronically submit your thesis/dissertation? They are the only ones with my personal email.

  177. hong Says:

    I got the same email and sent the publisher a copy (phf) of my dissertation. I do not want to provide them my bank and personal information. I think they may want to build their reputation by publishing academic works? not sure.

  178. hong Says:

    After reading comments. I decided not to publish my dissertation via it although I have sent a copy to them. But I really think there should be an global open access repository in which any graduates can deposite their thesis or dissertation free and anyone can access them free.

  179. syed Says:

    People who have published earlier in 2009/2010, what’s their experince? Any royalty?


  180. Lambert is associated with Alphascript, Betascript and Fastbooks all of which produce print on demand books automatically by extracting Wikipedia entries, and sell this freely available data for $50.

    I have no reason to believe that they will access your bank account to rip you off. What they will do is use your already-published material to rip off unfortunate Amazon customers.

  181. Deepak Patil Says:

    I have received a similar email from LAM. I have already published my diss in a journal to whom I have given the copyright rights. Is it still legit to allow LAM to publish it?

  182. Anna Says:

    Seems they keep on going…this time on more recent stuff, since my thesis was just published.
    I received the same email, I’m not planning to publish even though I already have most of the work published in a conference. I’m hoping for better publications (the one I have tops this by far!) and I’m really not fussed about having a shiny copy at home.
    After reading most of the comments here, my opinion is: if there’s no chance of getting a publication out of your work, then go for it (with an account made just for them…just to be safe), otherwise just don’t and aim higher.
    Good luck!

    Sender in my case:
    “Kevin Woodmann
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
    Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8
    66121, Saarbrücken, Germany

  183. Bharath Says:

    I got the same e-mail from LAP. I just replied them by just furnishing my e-mail id. I was wondering how come some international publication came forward to publish my dissertation even when i haven`t submitted to my university. After reading comments here I guess it would be better to stop replying for their email in future. Thank you guys for your comments.

  184. Praveen Says:

    I too got the same to day and asking to submit my work. Shall I submit?

  185. smilingbird Says:

    I saw legit.
    A wierd way to do bueinss though.
    As I read above, why not if you are never going to publish anyway.

    DrP

  186. akshansh shrivastav Says:

    Dear Akshansh Shrivastav,

    I am writing on behalf of the International publishing house, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

    In the course of a research on the Swami Keshwanand Institute Of Technology, I came across a reference to your thesis on “Recognition of Student Comprehension using The Circumplex Model of Affect”.
    We are an International publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
    LAP would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.

    A PDF brochure about main aspects of our services can be downloaded via the following link : https://www.lap-publishing.com/information/LAP%20Pamphlet.pdf

    Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment will be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Cristina Sevcenco
    Acquisition Editor

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is a trademark of:
    AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG

    Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8
    66121, Saarbrücken, Germany

    c.sevcenco@lap-publishing-house.com / http://www.lap-publishing-house.com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10356
    Identification Number (Verkehrsnummer): 13955
    Partner with unlimited liability: VDM Management GmbH
    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918
    Managing directors: Thorsten Ohm (CEO), Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Esther von Krosigk

    what should i do next????

  187. Mikhail Says:

    Hi everyone! I am from Russia! I also received a letter … I was asked to publish a book. But I do not know whether to trust them! Help please :)


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