Investigating “Lambert Academic Publishing” with Google Square

June 4, 2009

Update: Lambert Academic Publishing and 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.

Last month I received spam from “Lambert Academic Publishing”. I published the whole thing, and it seems many others have seen the same thing. According to a commenter, Lambert asks for bank information to facilitate the deposit of royalties. Clever.

The Lambert website is sophisticated and looks trustworthy. It includes names of part of the executive team, so I submitted the names to Google’s new product, Google Square. Very quickly, I was able to discern that they are in fact executives of a publisher called VDM Verlag. Verlag appears to be legitimate but some Google searching suggests they’re perpetrators of a similar scam.

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234 Responses to “Investigating “Lambert Academic Publishing” with Google Square”


  1. [...] Strange Spam Is This? May 8, 2009 Update: LAP is a sophisticated scam ripping off a real publisher. Dear Aran Donohue [...]

  2. katenovi Says:

    Got the same.. Is there anybody writing a diss on spam and its social infulence on trust and social capital? :)

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I received the same e-mail. Contacted VDM, a group entity of LAP. Received an answer that the mail is legitimate.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    so… your conclusion is that this is legitimate ?
    I’ve also got mail from them, and I’m having a hard time deciding either way.

    thank you

  5. aran Says:

    I don’t think they’re legitimate. I think the sleaziness extends beyond LAP into VDM Verlag.

  6. Tina Says:

    I was approached by VDM and began the process but when none of my emails were answered I left it. I also tried phoning their Mauritius publishing house and the number was non-existent.

    Then I received the other email from the LAP crowd and didn’t reply. I have just sent an email to VDM explaining the situation and that I will go to the NZ Police if they don’t make phone contact asap.

    I think they are dodgy!!

  7. Hester Says:

    It’s a good thing I decided to check the web otherwise I could have been one of the casualty.
    What a pity


  8. [...] I came across another such attack being discussed, the “Lambert Academic Publishing” scam. In this one, researchers are told that the [...]

  9. Anonymous Says:

    its not a SPAM!!!!!

  10. Teshome Says:

    I received email form VDM followed by LAP. Same email content but from seemingly different sources. That is when I knew it was scam.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    I also received their email. When I found your responses I realized it is a scam. Thanks for posting your comments. You are saving a lot of victims.

  12. ~~dude Says:

    I just got one of these.

    Time to set up a scam bait!!!

  13. Seems OK Says:

    I wrote three answers and the acquisition editor always replied in a decent way answering to my questions. This seems OK.

    But I am not sure.

    This seems to be some veeery cheep business, where they just store our files and do not do anything else unless somebody orders the book (“print-on-demand”), and in this and other discussion sites on the subject (try Google), the editors have had Indian names, many different names. If this were complete bullshit, they would have faked European names to make it more trustworthy. They seem to be fairly honest.

    So I guess that this is OK. But does this decrease your chances to have the text published in articles later on? I guess not. I guess that I’ll have this. So if you are not going to publish it elsewhere anyway, and you are not expecting high sales (so that you should choose the company giving you highest royalties and best marketing), why not?

    In a site somebody said that (s)he had his/her thesis published and it looked very good.

  14. Antoine Says:

    Thanks. I got a message from someone an acquisition editor and had been doing research in my university library and found the title of my doctoral thesis. I was flattered enough to believe it. All this speculation is very helpful. I am leaning towards a no. Even if they deliver what they promise, it looks like a free publishing on demand service and little more in terms of promotion and distribution. I have to consider how desperate I am to publish my dissertation. And desperation is not a good reason to do anything.

  15. Peter Says:

    Hello!

    I got an email from “Lambert” yesterday. Signed bt Veronique Lal, Acquisition Editor.

    Happily I found your discussion. Given the scale and scope of this intelligent spaming I think my answer would be No!

    Did anyone actually signed with them? it will be interesting to know what happens next?

  16. Published and Happy Says:

    I published my PhD thesis with VDM last year when I really had no prospects of publishing elsewhere. I have been very happy with the service and know that quite a few copies have been sold on Amazon.com. I had a formal book launch by a prominant and respected figure and couldn’t be happier that my work is out there without me having to do a lot of re-writing.

  17. Ann Says:

    I’ve received the same email from LAP, and I believe it is simply a way for somebody (and truthfully, we all know it’s not me) to make money off of my hard work. That in itself is enough for me to decline. *shakes fist*

  18. Aaron Says:

    Yup, I got the LAP email too. After reading all previous people’s inputs I didn’t really hear anyone say: ‘I’ve been scammed and my bank account emptied!. Becuase that is what I call a real scam!
    Aaron

  19. Published and Happy Says:

    Does anyone seriously think they are going to make any money from academic publishing?!?!? Getting your thesis published is not about receiving a big fat royalty cheque!

  20. Antoine Says:

    I never thought they were a scam. Among my concerns was what appears to be their indiscriminate and misleading solicitation of manuscripts and the absence of a general catalog. You can’t go to Amazon and find their booklist unless you have a title or an author. Anyone can sell books through Amazon. Even scholarly publishers that seek subsidies from authors or other sources publish catalogs. I am looking at one now that is over 228 pages long. I think Lambert does provide a service but it is on the borderline of vanity publishing – although it could be useful for purposes of career advancement.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    gO TO AMAZON.COM and look for the publishers LAP and VDM and see who is wrong!

  22. Est Says:

    I am just finishing uploading my thesis. So lets see. There is no cost associated with publishing, well, it took me a good 10-16 hours of reformatting the book etc, but other than that, no problem. Also, what bad can they do with my bank account number? Come on, at least in my country that bit of information does not get you anywhere :). Its like knowing my social security number–so what can you do? And, like somebody mentioned here above–I have never thought I could/would make money on my thesis, so I really dont believe they will, either, and if they will, good for them. :) its a schoolwork, after all.

  23. Fred Says:

    Hi there,
    I just recieved the offer too… Looks like it arises too many not answered questions for submitting something : how can they make money with this? Does anyone will buy a PhD dissertation for ~70 euros? What is the business model of this company?
    Even if it is “only” vanity publishing, the printing and shipping of the author copy is costly… moreover I guess that most of us (including me) already have their dissertation available online for free…
    –> Result : I won’t do it!

  24. in process Says:

    i didn’t know LAP publisher and got contacted three weeks ago. i didn’t suspect anything but was joyful. my dissertation is years old and i wanted it published. so i did what they asked. now it’s published and sent to print. i’m happy with the process. it’s not a spam. i think you can make your decision whether to have your work published by the publisher. but it’s real.

  25. Denise Says:

    I got the e-mail about Lambert Academic Publishing today. Nice massage to my ego… until I decided to google it. It quickly went from a somebody-thinks-highly-of-my-research pleasure to a find-out-if-this-is-legitimate job. Oh, well. Not sure what to do. Probably not go with it, since my Ph.D. dissertation IS available online. All I care is to be CITED!


  26. I just got an email from LAP. I’d never heard of them either, so did some looking around.

    One thing that made me very skeptical was the first line of their email:

    “While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of , I came across a reference to a work entitled…”

    Note how they forgot to finish “Library of ______”

    Why? I suspect the email was auto-generated by software and there was no value for the library name in their database so it just came out blank.

    In other words, the letter wasn’t written by a person. It was written by a robot.

    I guess what they do is publish content in the “long tail” in the hopes that libraries (and occasional Amazon searchers) will buy a few copies (probably on-demand). That’s a good business plan, but being published by LAP doesn’t sound like it would do anything for my career. It would be like saying “published by Vanity Press Inc.”

  27. GAIL Says:

    i received the email submitted my thesis and it is published. the person who was in contact with me was a young lady who was very patient and answered all my questions like why do u do this? would u make enough money to cover the expenses of publishing? she said they have their own ways of promoting the book. when they sent me the initial and first email they mentioned the library of my university. but it is nice to have ur book published.

  28. Joy Says:

    I got the same e-mail today. My e-mail did contain the college & library where I obtained my Ph.D., and the title of my dissertation was there as well. I contacted the university administrator who indicated that the e-mail is a phishing e-mail. Initially, it sounded pretty good until I pulled up this site. I am skeptical…I would like to see it in print. However, I think I will pass.

  29. Russ Says:

    Academics have easily manipulated egos and that seems to be what underlies this marginally valid company.

    Like Joy(above), all of the information was correct and complete on the email. The University claims to never have heard of them.

    Just getting your diss in print has very little significance if it does not find its way to library shelves and a wider audience than on-demand publishing provides.

    My diss is availble on-line at the Uni’s website and has been cited via that source. If it gets published, it will be by a publisher who will (1)do a first class job of printing and binding on high quality paper and (2)will follow through on marketing and promotion.

  30. See Barnes and Noble Says:

    Search the Barnes and Noble website for “Lambert Academic Publishing” and several books with recent publication dates will result. Hmm…

  31. be careful Says:

    I got two of these, one from each. my thesis is available as is on demand from my university. if I send it to them won’t I be violating my university’s rights? for those that can wait this out a couple of years and see what happens that might be the best option.

  32. Marion Pitman Says:

    I received one of these addressed to a total stranger. If they are legit they’re not very efficient.

  33. VM Says:

    This is being sent to anyone who recently graduated. I know someone who got theirs published by VDM. It is generally frowned upon because they do mass publication and sell directly to Amazon. I hear that they dont pay the authors royalty (I dont know if this is true or not).

  34. Fazila Says:

    This is a useful discussion. I graduated in 2002 and have moved into different directions with my writing. The editor sounds all too willing and sweet…so apparently somebody somewhere is benefitting. If it does not get distributed to the right places i dont see the point.
    fazila

  35. Julia Says:

    I checked this out with my school library, who said no one has access to my thesis unless they are a faculty or student, though they have a database listing only my name and the title of the thesis that anyone can reference.

    So I think this LAP Publishing somehow got this information. The reference librarian thinks it is a scam. I sent the company an email saying we can discuss this more, but due to the split opinion from several sites, I am not sure if this is a scam or not. If they ask me for money, no way. Sounds like a Vanity site.

  36. A Says:

    I believe there are many misunderstandings. I can help.

    Mail me at arshadsml@yahoo.com

  37. linguist Says:

    An exemple:

    Villalba, Xavier (2009) The Syntax and Semantics of Dislocations in Catalan, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 260 pàg.

    Source: http://seneca.uab.es/ggt/index.html

  38. Anon Says:

    A friend published her dissertation (with some added studies) with VDM. I have seen her monograph on Amazon myself. I haven’t published with them but I read all the directions. One good thing (with VDM, not sure about Lambert) is that you retain copy rights. It seems there’s nothing to lose if you aren’t going to publish anything from the dissertation in a venue that requires that it make a unique contribution to the field (i.e. hasn’t been previously published). I’ve received multiple invitations and the last one was from Lambert rather than VDM.

  39. Anon Says:

    By the way, I was also sketched out by the request for bank info (to deposit royalties). I forget what my friend said but it was either that I didn’t have to fill that part out (which I’ve seen on another site discussing the publisher) or she might have said that nothing bad came of it. It was probably the latter.
    -my two cents

  40. Deb Says:

    I too have had my thesis published without a hitch. So like others I have a book which helps with career advancement and can still publish for journals . I didn’t fill in bank details as I didn’t really think anyone would buy except maybe my mother !

  41. Student02 Says:

    If you do not trust this company why not call your embassy asking them to send someone over to check if they are really legitimate.

    I have friends who published their theses with LAP and as far as i am concerned i has been successful. They did receive their free copy. The bank account was optional. So i dont see where the scam is.

  42. Jennifer K. Says:

    I got an email today from LAP from a woman named Rubina Oozageer
    Acquisition Editor. I clicked on the website link at the bottom of the page and it would not open. Then I googled LAP and found this thread.

    How interesting. My email does contain the school where I did my Master’s Work and the name of my thesis. It is bound and there are copies in my home and in the school library. It has been checked out several times since 2005 and was even on interlibrary loan for a few weeks to Tallahassee.

    From reading this thread, though, I’m still not convinced of the legitimacy of LAP.. especially if they ask for a bank account number. I realize that’s on every check I write, but I generally don’t write checks to total strangers.

    Also, I got the email on Facebook! Strange!

    Thanks for all the great info.

  43. lc says Says:

    Just got the LAP e-mail. I put too much hard work into my disseration to be desperate. There’s a publisher that’s right for my work, and it will be one who has a seires of publications in my area of specialization. I ask myself, why is this person contacting me? And why, if they’re so interested in my work, do they not know the title or what it’s about? That, my friends, should be the first clue. As soon as someone says that they really like your work and want to publish it but do not know what your work is about, I’d turn and run.

  44. Anthony Says:

    I have recently published my work with LAP and it is available on Amazon.com and I am very satisfied because I already received my free copy. And the thing is…I didn’t input my bank details yet! Yes that’s right, I have till the 30th of June of next year to input those because it’s the date on which they pay royalties. If you still think it’s scam what you can do is to create a new bank account only for LAP to pay you royalties.
    Anyway, I published with LAP and for sure they are not scam at all!

  45. Mr. (ehem ... Dr.) Burns Says:

    I just got the LAP email today. Mine fit the robot format exactly: “While researching publishable academic papers … bla bla bla”. I replied by telling them that I am not going to spend any more money on what has already cost me several hundred dollars more than anticipated just to graduate. I don’t see the point, even if it’s free. They can do whatever they want with it, but I have finished it beyond most publication standards (Universities are so damn picky), and I don’t need someone months after graduation implying that I haven’t. Anyway, I already published papers along the way that encompass all of the main ideas, so I can get citations from those. My reward for writing my dissertation was a Ph.D., and that’s quite enough for me.

  46. Jeff K. Says:

    I came across this thread via a Google search, and I appreciate the opinions here. It is pretty clear to me that this is not a scam, but is a legitimate business, and it is pretty straighforward in what it proposes. I can add that having studied and researched in Germany, it is very common there to provide a “Konto” (bank account number) to transact any sort of business.

    I also agree that this press does not appear to be as discriminate as academic presses in what it publishes, and this would certainly be a potential impact upon one’s CV. It appears to me that if you sign on, you will get your dissertation published and some royalties, but it will leave a different impression than if your dissertation was published by a university press.

  47. Dr. V. Says:

    I have read all the comments after finding this site, and I think they are not after _my_ money. It is still a scam of sorts, though, and I would still be a victim of it since, as Ann said, they are after my work.
    What I think is going on is that they are casting their net far and wide to try and gather the right to print the dissertations of the largest number of people in the hopes that, once in a while, one of the theses will get requested. Then they print and sell that work, cashing in on someone else’s hard labor.
    Plus they have a small chance that you will become famous (in your field, not Madonna-famous!) one day and they will get to print more copies of your thesis work for their profit. It is a tiny chance, but it gets multiplied by how many theses they have in their database, and it does not cost them a cent to take that chance.
    I’ll end on a funny note: They seem to change their acquisition editor every e-mail. Mine was one Olivier Ahfat. Post yours, let’s see if we get twice the name at some point! :)

  48. Smith Says:

    My acquisition editor is Alina Covali. I just got the exact same email. I was at first excited, but that quickly faded with a quick google search. I worry that doing something like this would actually hurt my CV rather than help it. Sure its a publication, but not exactly an accepted one.

  49. Smith Says:

    This is what the chair of my department says about this in asking him about it: “never heard of them and thus I don’t think they are a serious academic press-maybe a vanity press.” That said, I’ve said no to having my Thesis published. The people seeking to hire you take serious note of where you publish your work. I worry that this venue could actually hurt one’s chances in getting hired with an academic job. Plus, I don’t think its peer reviewed. I wouldn’t dare publish something that hasn’t undergone a more serious review process. It opens you up to serious criticism down the road.

  50. valerie Says:

    My acquisitions editor is Shobha Ramduny! They got my school and title correct, but addressed me by my last name first and included my middle name.

    I was stoked until I found this web site because ‘Shobha’ just accepted my dissertation today…

    The fact that there are so many ‘editors’ is disturbing. As is the fact that it only took 2 days for her to ‘read’ my dissertation and accept it. I expected weeks.

    I’ve had my dissertation published in an abbreviated version in both a journal and a chapter in a book (also by Germans, but I knew them). I haven’t pursued it further so it’s either have Lambert do it and get it out there a little bit more, or let the full version sit.

    I’m not aware that mine’s online…I’ll have to check into it.

  51. Anonymous Says:

    I got “Olivier Ahfat” too in Nov 2009

  52. SmallX Says:

    I got one from acquisitions editor Parvez Bheenick today =D

  53. valerie Says:

    Check it out –

    Here’s their own list of acquisition editors. They are either in Mauritius or Hungary!

    http://www.vdm-publishing-house.com/about.html

  54. valerie Says:

    click around the rest of the link above. they talk about why they’re based in mauritius and with whom they’re affiliated.

  55. Dr. Gi Says:

    so this means they are not scam at all! :-/I received a mail from LAP and wanted to publish with them but since I came across this forum I changed ideas and thought they were a scam. Guess most of us were wrong then. I will reply to them shortly and let you know of the outcome…

  56. Tara Says:

    Thanks for all these comments. This was very helpful. I got a specific email (name, title of diss., university all correct), but I assumed it was a vanity press. Their titles are on Amazon and they look nice, so maybe I’ll see how they feel about my master’s thesis instead. I’m holding out a bit more hope for my dissertation, which I’m rewriting now.

  57. Forum Summary Says:

    I also got email from LAP. After reading all the comments of the forums about LAP, here are the summary:
    1. The way LAP is sending email is like spam,
    but they are not fraud. The proof is, some people did published their thesis and got the free copy.
    2. The bank information is optional. It is 0.01% chance that someone will buy our thesis from Amazon and you get royality.
    So, if you want to get a book-form of your thesis, you can contact them without giving bank information. The work that you have to do is formating your thesis which is a time-consuming work.
    3. Putting the statements in your CV like, “my thesis is published by LAP and available at Amazon” will not at all make your salary twice. The employer may ask you about it, and when you tell that LAP has no quality reviewers, this may create bad impression on you.
    4. LAP’s business model is not clear. I would prefer not to mention of LAP in my CV at all.

  58. Robot Says:

    My “Acquisition Editor” is Marina Socur. Love the funny made-up names, on the emails and on their website. What a good joke! Wasted some of my time today but made me laugh.

  59. fast rabbit Says:

    I just received the standard LAP e-mail … mine was from Oliver Ahfat. The strangest part about it is that I completed my thesis using my maiden name. I am now using my married name. They had all of my details correct (thesis title, university, etc.) and tracked me down using my current work e-mail address. They must have had to do some work to find me. That leads me to believe that it is not just some computer generated e-mail.

    I’m not sure what to do. I’m suspicious, but tempted. (Ah vanity.)

  60. valerie Says:

    robot didn’t read all the posts – if he/she did, he/she would’ve seen that the people are real…check out the link to their website and see their list of editors.

    they are also looking to hire more editors.

    i must say, they’re a bit pushy. i told my editor that i wanted to speak to my professor first but she kept emailing me until i finally registered. now my problem is that the images for the bookcovers suck.

  61. Dee Says:

    I was recommended by a friend to Lambert (they are publishing her dissertation). I thought all was well until I was asked to register my bank information, which is when I started thinking in terms of a scam. After reading all comments, I am not sure what to do. They sound one step above a vanity press. I already get annual royalty checks from UMI (very small checks) so why republish unless I update information.

    Very confusing indeed.

  62. Nathan Says:

    They got the title of my thesis correct along with my name and university, but I can’t find my editor (Vitalie Rotaru) on their list in Mauritius or Hungary. It is a tough decision.
    My masters has sat around for a decade, I wonder what I have to lose.

  63. Brian Says:

    Snort! They got my first and last name, and I have a recent thesis, but they got my middle name wrong, and they got the thesis wrong – wrong field, wrong title.

    No clue how they make this make money.

  64. TX Says:

    Found this on VDM’s website… Sounds like they are not at all shy about saying they are print-on-demand and they see that as the wave of the future in academic publishing:

    “25.5.2009
    “Publishers Weekly”: On-Demand Printing Drove Title Output in ’08

    While the number of traditional titles in U.S. fell in 2008 by 3%, the number of on-demand, short run and unclassified soared 132%, to 285,394. The 2008 jump followed an even bigger increase in on-demand/short run titles in 2007, when output rose to 123,276 titles from 21,936. Larger publishers are also using on-demand printing more.The combination of the rapid growth of on-demand printing and the decline in the number of traditional titles resulted in the number of on-demand titles topping traditional titles for the first time in 2008. In the 2004–2008 period, the number of traditional titles published fell 2.0%, while the number of on-demand titles released skyrocketed by 1,346.5%! While improved technology has made the use of on-demand printing more economically attractive, the economy also played a role in reducing the number of traditional titles released last year.

    VDM is in line with the trend!”

  65. J Woodall Says:

    My university just started using Digital Commons for their thesis. Mine is available online for free. I’m willing to bet the day it was uploaded I got the LAP Lambert Academic Publishing email. I’m glad I found this blog and I will make my university aware of this company’s practices. Thank you.

  66. Tony G. Says:

    LAP Lambert has very obviously not been careful in identifying titles of written work from the words that come out of its search procedure. The title “recognised” as originating from my authorship was laughable. (It was a version of my job title!) Writers of academic works know how their colleagues rate the various publication outlets, and vanity publishing will be recognised for what it is. Of course I am assuming that this is all that this is about.

  67. Jade Yinyin Says:

    My email had the name of my library wrong and the “title” of my work was just the name of my field.
    I find it weird that a few of the messages in this thread have spelling/grammar mistakes. “Some people did published their thesis.” For someone who wrote a dissertation, really?

  68. Roke Says:

    This IS a scam. The mails are pre-formatted, the names of the senders are randomized. Even if they might “publish” (on-demand) a thesis or dissertation, I am guessing their reason is to gather information about persons, for possible identity theft. And, be honest, how often do you change your bank account? So in a couple of years, when you might have a nice well-paid job, someone opens a credit card in your name connected to your account in some shady country.

    I tried to ask some questions about some of the things they said, and got no answers. Suddenly several of my colleagues got their EXACTLY the same mails.

    If someone got their thesis “published”, all well and fine. But has anyone actually received any money?

    Be very careful!

  69. concerned and skeptical Says:

    I’m so glad I found this site as I was also tempted but wondering if it’s too good to be true. I have already published all I can out of my PhD and though I like the notion of a book being ‘out there’, if this is vanity publishing at best and possibly a phishing scam then it’s a case of no thanks!

  70. From Bangkok Says:

    I received a similarly formatted email today. It correctly mentioned my name and my university name. But two things caught my attention and led me to this link. First, I really doubt a German publisher would send out staffs to look for publishable works in libraries in Bangkok. Second, the work they mentioned was an article that I already published in an academic journal. Though it is not conclusive whether it is a scam, I think I’d better stay away. Thanks for previous comments.

  71. Anonymous Says:

    I also just received their offer, and read all the posts. So, to update a previous summary (Dec. 1), it seems to me that Lambert/VDM:
    (1) are not after the authors’ money;
    (2) operate in countries where they can exploit cheap labor;
    (3) are interested only in sales and not in the contents of the authors’ work;
    (4) employ a print-to-order approach to increase their market share in academic publishing;
    (5) use spam/aggressive e-mailing as business techniques;
    (6) offer a non-refereed publication, which is not good for academic recognition.

    Here’s more food for thought:

    Interview with Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller
    CEO of the VDM Publishing Group

    http://www.vdm-publishing.com/downloads/Interview-DrMueller-engl.pdf

  72. someone Says:

    I just received the similar email for publication at LAP. So I sent a reply mentioning that i am interested in this matter; then they sent instruction for authors very quickly. I just wondering wether this true or not then suddenly i found this site and open my eyes that care should be taken regarding this advertisement. Thank you for this fruitful discussion and information.

  73. Mike Says:

    Got one wanting to publish my Master’s thesis, which was correctly attributed by title and university. However, two things come to mind: 1) I’m almost positive this is another “vanity” publishing scheme, 2) I’ll need to check, but I’m almost certain that the copyright of the work lies with my University, so I don’t have the right to give permission for publication. Besides which, some of the chapters of my thesis have already been published in peer-reviewed journals, so they have the copyright. I think I will just right back and tell them I don’t own the copyright.

  74. Anthony Says:

    I Received the LAP e-mail through Facebook of all places. I wrote my master’s thesis in ’07 (starting my dissertation proposal this semester), and I have bound copies at both my home and my university. The e-mail represents the title of my thesis correctly, and my name appears as it did on the thesis. My “acquisitions editor” is Nihah Naraina.

    Whether LAP is legitimate or not is inconsequential. The notion that this solicitation takes a defensive posture assuring me that it is not a scam and that it is customary in Germany for people to exchange private information is enough evidence to suggest that these people are full of shit. If this is a scam, then I am freely giving my identity away to these people. If this is not a scam, it is nevertheless an item that I would NOT want to mention on an interview or in my CV. I see no reason to allow them my banking information, and the notion that I am supposed to be impressed that this publication is “international” seems incredibly pretentious (these con artists sure know how to stroke the egos of graduate students and academics). I’m placing this e-mail in my junk box, and I suggest anyone else who gets this message does the same!

  75. Anon Says:

    It’s NOT a spam people! I know someone who got a hard copy of his book delivered to him!

  76. Sol Neeman Says:

    I did published with VDM and currently the title is sold at Amazon, B&N, Borders among other online distributors. There were no porblems in the process. The title is “Introduction to Wavelets and Principal Components Analysis”.

  77. HarryHenk Says:

    This is not a scam, but you really don’t need their process or services. Their business model is that they print on demand for several sales channels, amongst which is Amazon. Any copy they sell is pure profit, so they simply try to get as many titles out there in the hope of selling as much as possible. In fact, you can do this yourself (and KEEP the money that they would otherwise pocket for any sold copy). Just go to the Amazon site and search for “Self Publishing” (http://tinyurl.com/y934243) or go directly to http://www.createspace.com/
    Cheers,

  78. Tj Says:

    Hmm. Useful discussion. I am contacted by LAP many times. Even my other faculty members are also asked to get published in their areas of interest(s). As, printing costs alot without any forecast of possible number of buyers, I think LAPs On Demand Printing policy sounds good. Liberty at many places makes them different and author friendly at different stages. Being published as a book/monograph is itself an achievement for a researcher, so I think LAP is doing good job and I have planned to submit my work to them. Cheers

  79. Nima Says:

    The LAP is completely OK publishing company. I already published my book there and it is indexed in Amazon.com now. I got my free copy too. They satisfied me.

  80. Hani Akeila Says:

    Hi all,

    I have received the same message from “Lambert Academic Publishing” on May, 2009 as I remember. They showed their interest to publish my master thesis. I have agreed to publish my thesis as a book with them. My book was already published on July, 2009. My book is now on Amazon. So far, I think the publisher is trustworty, as my book get published before I entered my bank account.

    To check my book on Amazon:

    Book ISBN: 978-3-8383-0635-3
    Book Title: Real-Time Correction of Images for Stereo Matching

  81. Anonymous Says:

    I have also been contacted by Alina Covali who actually has a Linkedin profile and a facebook profile (she’t cute too!). This doesn’t look like scam after all.

    It’s all about deciding if it makes sense for you to have your thesis published by them or not. I am not big time fond of them as they are completely unknown in the market and wouldn’t make a good impact on my CV but if you are not looking to publish anywhere else or you won’t even have an academic career then I’d say go for it!

  82. Maggie Says:

    My acquisition editor’s name is Vinesh Mohabul. Good name.

  83. Projo Says:

    My work has been published by LAP, and it is now available at amazon.com. I also got a free copy. My acquisition editor is Jessica Vengatasamy

  84. Joseph E. Says:

    My research is not connected to any scholarship or grant, nor it is a monograph, nor a scripts, a diploma theses, etc., rather mathematics, what to my knowledge or lack of that needs a hard work to understand or probably never be understood by economists. I, and all in this list, have received standard LAP e-mail … mine was from Norman Neeliah. They can do whatever they want with my work. They asked me to increase the volume of my paper to 52 pages, at least. Sound reasonable. I have done it and it is looking better. This was the good thing for me; otherwise I will never done it. In addition to my mails I have informed them that I do not wish to receive any royalties or commissions of any kind at present and in the future regarding my work.

  85. HOOOO Says:

    Oh Shit. I lost my thesis. They did not want anything I sent my thesis and now no reply. It was a really good spam which convinced me.

  86. Rosie Says:

    If it’s really a German company, why doesn’t their website have a German version?

  87. Logan D Says:

    What if any are the ramifications for you if your thesis and or dissertation is published? Is is not a way of attracting a wider audience to something you worked so hard to produce? If it coast nothing to you and your research office/ university does not have an objection…why not???

  88. Dazz Says:

    I did a search on the internet for my thesis and got no results for the title. It is listed on the University library website catalogue. A real person had to look for it there to find it. They then had to find my email address. Someone went to quite a bit of trouble to find my thesis and then find me. Not the sort of trouble your average spammer/scammer would go to.

    Print on demand seems to be a perfectly reasonable business model given the available technology and economics. I guess the purpose of the free copy is to allow them to proof a hard copy. If they didn’t mail it out, it would probably go in the trash. Sending it out to authors is a good marketing tactic. Look how many times it is mentioned above.

    Their “editors” are probably just students in a third world country working out of an internet cafe, paid to find papers and people. So what.

    If there is a scam it will be in undersized royalty cheques. You/I have no way of knowing their true sales figures. If they did strike a best seller, you probably wouldn’t know about it.

    I don’t work in academia, so even vanity publication wouldn’t do me any harm. How many copies do you think they would sell of my thesis. Maybe 5 or 10. I have nothing to lose. At least I would be able to find my thesis on Google/Amazon.

  89. Alex Says:

    This is not a scam, but is an indictment of just how poor the quality of so much PhD academic research is. Quite a few of the posters here acknowledge that there’s virtually zero chance of anyone purchasing their book ( or even reading it beyond their supervisor and external examiner I guess) – so what’s the value of this beyond insecure vanity?

  90. Kekendo Says:

    I received one of the LAP emails and sent in my thesis. It has now been published, and I received my free copy. While the quality of the printing could be better, I am glad that it did prove to be a complete fraud as I initially suspected.

  91. valerie Says:

    kekendo….you wrote that it “did” prove it was a fraud but your paragraph seems to imply that it was NOT a fraud…a typo on your part?

  92. Anonymous Says:

    My impression is that it is not a scam, but not taken seriously as an academic publisher either. If you intend to publish your revised dissertation, in large part or in whole, and want to have it count for something on your CV, you’d be far better off looking for a better offer or even just publishing articles out of it in in peer-reviewed journals. But if you weren’t planning on publishing it otherwise, there’s no harm I suppose; you’ll get a nice-looking copy of your work at least.

  93. Dr T Says:

    Firstly, I am astounded at how many on this site arrogantly (so academic) scoff at the notion of having their dissertations independently published, and yet seem quite happy, in fact proud, to hand over their hard work, for free, nil, nix, to be published online by universities – money-making enterprises par excellence in which we’re all grist to the mill. Who benefits from this? Is this beneficial in terms of one’s CV? Secondly, do people really believe they will make any money, let alone a fortune, if their dissertations are published by well-known publishers such as Routledge, Palgrave or Blackwell? When researching thesis publishing one soon discovers that there is very little, or no money, to be made via this endeavour. Thirdly, what has peer-review got to do with the process of taking charge of publishing one’s own dissertation which has already been subjected to rigorous evaluation by at least two experts in the field, not to mention advisors, co-advisors and critical readers? Your thesis is entirely your own and is already deemed to be a scholarly document in its own right so why does it need further assessment? After exploring on Amazon some LAP or VDM publications mentioned above, it seems to me that that in outrightly condemning this form of publishing, it also nudges several legitimate authors and their dissertations towards the academic trash heap. Is this justified? Judging by their titles and impressive abstracts I don’t think so. No, I have no connection at all to the above authors or publishing houses, other than as a recipient today of their robot-generated email, the contents of which I am considering. I am also considering establishing my own academic blog through which I can independently launch my work to interested others in the entire universe. I work part-time in a university, but many scholars today are writing online and generating vigorous discussions in several research areas.

  94. truth_seeker Says:

    I got my book published! It has valid ISBN.
    It is avaialble at Amazon.com

    I also received a hard-copy of the book by post for FREE.

    I didnot enter any bank information.

    So, go for it…nothing to loose!

  95. PDS Says:

    I agree with Ic says: “As soon as someone says that they really like your work and want to publish it but do not know what your work is about, I’d turn and run.”
    My acquisition editor is Ghenadie Braghis and I’m not ok with the randomized names and robot-emails. If I want to reach a wider audience, I’ll post my work online, as I already do with some of my papers. That’s my choice, there are others of course.

  96. missD Says:

    This forum is awesome. My supplicant was Alina Covali, same as Smith’s above.

    For me the most compelling comments are
    1. Published and Happy’s realism regarding the money:”Does anyone seriously think they are going to make any money from academic publishing?!?!?”

    and
    2. The opinion of Smith’s Department Chair “The people seeking to hire you take serious note of where you publish your work. I worry that this venue could actually hurt one’s chances in getting hired with an academic job.”

    Premise 1: Don’t need royalties.
    Premise 2: Do need job.

    Conclusion: Don’t publish here.

    Thanks to Aran for initiating this useful blog; i now have peace of mind.

    -missD

  97. Norb Says:

    I have decided to go for it, and have published my master thesis with LAP. You can find it on Amazon.com and some other german internet book store. Of course, I agree with most of you that it is not much of an academic value, and you cant build your carrier on publishing by LAP.
    However, you also dont lose much if you are aware of this fact, but get a nice copy of your thesis in a book format. BTW LAP does not withdrow the original thesis from the university database, so it is still also awaiable for free :)

  98. K.A Says:

    I just got LAP publishing offer as well. The first thing what I do not understand is how they are going to make money with this business model??

    Firstly, my 5 years old master thesis could offer very theoretical interest to persons interested in the history of certain thoughts only. Therefore, the probability that somebody is willing to pay to LAP some money…is compared with investment to each client contact a minimal one.

    That´s why Indian, Moldovan and other low-income countries resident people are involved in business. Because they are paid with peanuts. What is pity, but unfortunately true. There is even probability that there people are being used by LAP – promises and work given to them, but who knows about money…

    Therefore, my decision is no. In one day “published by LAP” could mean as “another naive victim of real life”. My ego was raised for 5 minutes, but now it´s normalized.

  99. Prof. S.S.Sandhu Says:

    I also came to know that LAP is publishing thesis, books and monographs in the Book form as some of the junior researchers are unknowingly trapped in their scam. I intimated all my juniors not to be indulge in this illegitimate practice.

    Secondly, I saw the writings of Mr. K. A. on April 22, 2010 at 9.40.am, and surprised to see his opinions for Indian, Moldovan and other low-income countries resident people, perhaps he has superiority complex and do not know that Indian are getting Nobel Prize with their hard work all over the world. Money hardly makes any barrier for Indian.

    I think he should apologies for such a mean mentality statement for Indian.

    I agree with him for his opinion for LAP but totally disagree for his statement for the Indian, rather upset to know his poor and shameful mentality.

  100. Luke say YES Says:

    After reading all of this, and knowing that my thesis will NEVER be published anywhere else, and WHO cares about it on your CV? It gets me a free hard-cover copy (my university publisher wanted $190 for a hardcover copy) and the possibility that someone on Amazon.com might read it and find it more interesting than anyone who’s read it online (probably no one). Go for it! No guts, no glory. *and I asked my bank, and all they can do with your account number is deposit, and I have Comerica, a nation-wide bank.

  101. Patriciah Says:

    I just finished my “book project” entitled INTEGRATING SPIRITUALITY WITH PSYCHOLOGY AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS. Project No. 6541 and ISBN 978-3-8383-6205-2. My editor was Shazia, very polite with a good Public Relations. The whole process took me about one week. I was referred by a professor in my university. Mine was a Masters Thesis. I was excited, I still am. I always had a dream to publish.

    However, I have taken note of all the comments above. My conclusion is, I would still go for it since I have nothing to loose. I will hopefully get my free copy in 8-10 weeks as promised and listed with Amazon. All for free…

  102. Linden Says:

    I was contacted by Collette Julie who I thought was in Germany but see now that she is in Mauritius. I put my thesis on google docs and she got back to me quickly saying yes they would publish it (so no big rigorous review there). In the “Information for Authors” document she sent me, it says “you will also retain the right to have portions of your work published in other forms.” Which portions and, so does this means not the whole thing? And, how many of these publications actually ever make it past sales of 50 euros per month? People say they’ve had their theses published and received a copy but this must be pretty recent b/c no one says they’ve actually received a royalty check. I’d be curious to check back on this string in July to see who actually got a royalty check and how much. I’m not in academia and it won’t hurt me to not have my thesis published by a more prestigious academic publishing house and I’m too busy to shop around for other potential opportunities. The only other way would be to self publish as noted in a post above by HarryHenk. Then what measly proceeds do come in would come to me. My thesis was among the top three offered by ProQuest in 2002 so maybe it would sell all right. Which would mean perhaps it would be worth it for me to self publish. I think they’re “legit” but they aren’t in it for us, they are in it for them. Of course.

  103. Azam Ali Says:

    Ms. Elena Alexei, Acquisition Editor, informed me that LAP has selected my thesis for its publication as a printed book. I searched out the links give to authenticate for scam. i didn’t find this name as editor of LAP. May I have attention of LAP management to confirm this e-mail for onward communication with Ms. Elena Alexie?

  104. Azam Ali Says:

    waiting for reply to 17.05.2010 mail.

  105. band go bad Says:

    I was contacted via facebook by girl who’s name is Katiusha Xs.

    She has also second facebook account and name is Tomsa Ecaterina

    I smell bullshit.

  106. tlj Says:

    Had the same email to doday. AE was Marina Socur.

    It seems the business model is clear. Publishing as much material as possible and then hope that some of it sells. From that perspective its a legal model, and as can be seen from this thread, many people are satisfied with a hard copy of the work along the possible sail on amazon etc.

    The real question now seems to be royalties. What agreement do you have with LAP? Have any received royalties and how much? It seems settlement is on June 30th. Looking forward to hear some news on this issue.

    tlj


  107. Attention: All readers and authors.

    I am writing on behalf of Lambert Academic Publishing. Publishing houses have long been considered as closed to everyone, without any interaction with authors, book buyers and readers. However, we, at LAP are different from conventional publishers. Instead we pursue an innovative ‘open book policy’ where we continuously identify scientific and academic projects from different universities and colleges. We do contact authors by email and propose publishing contract to them. Our aim is to provide knowledge to a wide market and connect the book buyers and readers to the right author and the books they are looking for.

    Our books are distributed through more than 80,000 bookstores and more than 3,000 online shops worldwide.

    We are committed in providing the best publishing experience available to our authors, we are thus open to the concerns of all our authors and customers. While our request for bank details have been often assumed to be some type of identity fraud we wish reassure our authors that we use the VeriSign security system and that such request is for the sole purpose of royalties payment. Upon suggestions of many authors we will be soon implementing new royalties payment methods such as Paypal.

    Often confused with Vanity Press our publishing model is very different from it. We wish to provide the following details on the difference between a Vanity Press and our publishing model:

    * We distribute your book worldwide through mainstream and well known shops such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble or AbeBooks.
    * You are not charged any cost for the production of your book. We bear all production,distribution and marketing cost for you and we pay you royalties for specific periods.
    * You are able to publish 80% your book through journals and reviews. Your book is not tied up when you get a contract from LAP.

    Whereas Vanity Press charges for all the services mentioned above instead VDM look after all these at no cost to the author and with the advantage of a dedicated Acquisition Editor who is engaged to attend all your the author’s request.

    In a time where most actors of the publishing industry are turning irrelevant and out of date, Lambert Academic Publishing partners with its authors to enter the new publishing era. Authors can join us now and be part of this revolution of the publishing industry.

    Regards,
    Michael Davis
    Customer Service Executive

  108. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t know about everyone, but many people (including myself) who are looking for publication are doing so in order to achieve tenure at a university. Most tenure committees will not consider a book with a print-on-demand press to be a legitimate publication.

    While this “opportunity” does not seem to be a scam that will steal your money, it may harm your credibility in your field if you are “published” by a POD press, so keep your ultimate goals in mind before signing on.

  109. tlj Says:

    To Michael Davis, Customer Service Executive

    I was interested in your reply. Could you please provide me with two pieces of extra information.

    1) The email to the authors is clearly autogenerated. Why make contact under these conditions?
    2)How are your royalties system? I cant understand it? Is there a lower threshold on payout?

    tlj

  110. Ari Says:

    I think that unless there´s something you think is a major contribution to scholarship and that deserves to be published by CUP or OUP, then you guys should do this, what is there to lose? I can tell you that nowadays EVERYBODY does print on demand. I have had experienced with books from Blackwell and Routledge by very important living philosophers and I know for sure that they are printed on demand and in the same kind of paper that LAP would publish. What they asked me to publish is not even my thesis but research notes, and I´m still a million years from having an academic job, so what is the problem then? Is it better to go the German publishers that charge a few thousands to publish a book without introduction or without index and without the slighest proofreading? It´s exactly the same.

  111. Anonymous Says:

    My email listed me under the wrong university neither the one I attended for as an undergrad with that published material or the one I am attending for grad school. I was listed on one webstie for 2 months as attending it…but never actually enrolled or was listed in any official capacity. That sounds like shoddy researching to me, and I wouldn’t send my paper to them.

  112. Anonymous Says:

    Part of their market appeals to German PhDs who cannot receive the title Dr without having their thesis published

  113. ScottyPaul Says:

    Seems okay to me. My dissertation is just sitting there now. About 15 years after it was finished, there was a SIG started on the topic, but that’s the only action I’ve seen other than this. If I get 5 bucks out of it, that will be more than I have now. :-)

  114. in Progress Says:

    Have a BSc student trying this process. Its a project that otherwize would not end up published and this seems like a useful way to get the work some visibility. If it gets an ISBN # and is publicly available it seems like a good idea. However the posts on this website do give me pause. Will be curious to see what happens. I would be very hesitant to publish MSc or PhD this way. Obviosuly journals are still top priority. But a fun way to publish otherwize unpublished BSc work…. will update later on how it goes.

  115. Azizollah Dabaghi Says:

    I had my book thesis published with them in Feb 2010.I first thought they were going to calculate and send me the royalties after the June 30th-as they had mentioned in their site and in my previous conversations with Olivier Ohfat (the guy in charge of contacts)BUT when I asked them on the following 22nd July 2010, they said that the period from February to July was too short and that royalty payment will be carried out to June 30th.2011(next year).I do not know what to feel?

  116. Rick Says:

    I purchased a LAP-published monograph on Amazon by accident recently. I really should have read the product description more carefully as the price to page ratio really would have set off my bullshit detector. Shame on me.

    For ~40 euros I purchased a 60 page book (which included several blank pages and an advertisement for publisher stuffed into the back of the book). This book is packed with grammatical errors, formatting mistakes and illustrations that are painful to look at (for example: slanted chromatographs, photos that are too blurred to be meaningful, and distorted chemical structures). After reading the first five pages I had to put it down out of shear frustration.

    I can not entirely fault the author for these short comings. I believe these problems to be the fault of the publisher. ANY half-awake editor could have provided the feedback needed to turn this document into something readable and useful (but I don’t think there was an editor based on what I’ve read from their company webpage!). I can not imagine submitting something this unreadable and full of errors to a publisher let alone the publisher actually publishing it! Who wants their name associated with words mindlessly printed on a page with and sold at an inflated price? Congrats Lambert “Academic” “Publishing”. Now academics desperate to meet their publication quotas have somewhere to turn. Now I know to be on the look out for your “publications” and I will certainly be looking over my book purchases with greater care! I’ll also know to keep a look out for publications published through your company when I’m reading through people’s resumes.

    Someone should send them complete gibberish and see if they publish it! I am pretty certain they would! I’ve got some ideas about the finer points of fluid mechanics as applied to underwater basket weaving in non-aqueous systems that I would love to see hashed out in a “publication”.

    In all seriousness: what a scam.

  117. Rick Says:

    Okay… maybe not an outright scam but certainly a bit out there.


  118. It is a shame in this age of Internet scams, phishing attempts, identity theft, and get rich quick schemes…we don’t trust anyone anymore. Our default setting is on “SCAM!” as soon as anyone asks for our personal information. I have read several of these threads, but have not seen a testamonial from anyone who has had their bank account drained by this company. Maybe they are too embarassed to come forward…or maybe no one has been fleeced.

  119. Anonymous Says:

    Their email to me a few days ago was written in the exact same template and signed by Vitalie Rotaru, Acquisition Editor.

    Whatever level this scam may be, they really put a lot of human touch into it, e.g. their official-looking website, the smooth email template and signature, the reference to my full name and academic background, and the company’s full address and contact details in Germany. Not that any of it would be difficult to fake or establish for real, but it all just seemed too vain.

    While they were very neat with everything, they missed the most crucial detail, which they failed to deliver in any case. They said they came across a reference to my dissertation and would like to publish it, yet they never provided the full title of my work.

    I don’t think I need to be sure that they will not empty my bank account to go through with this. This is still scam, if you ask me. There are better ways to earn yourself some good credit.


  120. I wish to positively record my appreciation and creative comments for the services to the “world of researchers”, by the Lambert publishing Company at Germany. This is, in spite of all criticisms, unclear Royalty terms and opening doubts for many in the world. This is also based on publishing my 4 books of innovative and first of its kind conceptual research thesis, through Lap Publishing.

    1) Books are published in reality and one live copy is sent to the author, in a reasonable period.
    2) There is a genuine 13 digit ISBN code for each book, which ensures the copy right of the thesis concept and contents to the author.
    3) The books are sold through “www.amazon.com”, the well recognized on-line e-store, and many more of similar nature, all over the world, with a price tag, dispatch details and promotional incentives. This is the greatest level of publicity and propagation one can get for the ingenuity inside the book.
    4) An university, however famous or big it could be, will not venture to publish and promote the thesis of an individual to the international readers and research forums. It is because a thesis is considered by any university as a piece of “syllabus” requirement, as well as a document to decide an unilateral and routine “pass or failure” to award a post-graduate or doctoral degree. Any body’s thesis is one among the thousands or even millions of bound volumes piled up in the bibliographic warehouses of an university !!
    5) Many innovative, prime, valuable and impact oriented research concepts in the world, are lost due to lack of publicity and propagation. [Just like the theme of “Elegy written in a country church yard” (1750) by “Thomas grey” (1716-1771. English poet, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University].
    6) The research books published by me have the ISBN numbers : 978-3-8383-5761-4, 978-3-8383-6450-6, 978-3-8383-7436-9 and 978-3-8383-9079-6

    Professor Dr.VSr.Subramaniam. MBA.,Ph.D.,

  121. tlj Says:

    Dear Dr.VSR.Subramaniam,

    Thanks for your interesting information. Could you please also provide information on royalty terms and how you feel about the business model of contacting people by an autogenerated email, trying to give the impression that they have manually located the thesis?

  122. Azizollah Dabaghi Says:

    In response to what Dr.VSR.Subramaniam says, I think he is right to a great extent. The only thing is that LAP should provide their clients with more information on royalty and also on the number of books sold each months. This would very much vivify the situation to the author.


  123. Royalty Policy of Lap Publishers

    “For each printed copy sold and paid for, the Publisher agrees to pay the Author a royalty commission based on the Publisher’s revenue minus the contained value-added tax of 12 %. Royalty settlement and payment will be made annually by 30 June for the preceding year. In order to cover the administration expense and the data management, both parties agree that the work of the Author will only become subject to a royalty fee if the average monthly fee for the settlement period exceeds 10 euros. If the average monthly royalty fee for the settlement period was between 10.01 euros and 50 euros, instead of a royalty fee, the Author receives a book voucher for the LAP portfolio which they can convert on the basis of the selling price of the desired titles. If the average monthly royalty fee for the settlement period exceeded 50 euros, the royalty fee will be transferred to the Author’s bank account”.
    (From : Ghenadie Braghis, Acquisition Editor, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG0.

    MY COMMENTS : This is formulated in line with the communist policy of the former East Germany. Authors are captive workers and the Royalty policy is complex to understand. Author’s may get a royalty if the sale is in 1,000’s. But it is a clear “no royalty” policy. Think positive and be happy with the ISBN# and publicity.


  124. The Pareto’s law {Italian sociologist and economist whose theories influenced the development of fascism in Italy (1848-1923)}is applicable to the thesis also. Only 20% of the Ph.D thesis all over the world, contribute to some utilisable concepts and have a sale value. The Masters thesis are syllabus oriented term papers of no sale value. But Lap publishers follow the law of probability to hit a fortune atleast 1 in a 1,000,000. I endorse and appreciate their service to the budding intellectuals all over the world.

  125. tlj Says:

    Dear Dr.VSR.Subramaniam,

    Thanks for covering the royality procedure. I also think that its interesting that they would like to publish academic work and sell it in standard channels. Im only concerned if this devaluates academic work if everyone can publish – even academic garbage. The only thing two things I do not like is the royalty terms (vouchers) and that they contact authors under falls pretence (auto generate mail/not manully located).


  126. Dear tlj,

    1) Once Lap publishers have made a policy not to pay any royalty, in line with their former East German communist principles, then “vouchers” are a support to deny the royalty. But they genuinely get an ISBN# and list through “amazon.com”, the world’s largest on-line seller. This provides a high value publicity. Those who permit them to publish, has to accepted these terms.
    2) Contacting the public under any pretence and logical support, through an auto generated email is a legitimate “publication promotion” strategy within the frame work of a marketing concept. It is up to the receiver to accept or reject. There is no scam or false approach.
    3) A scam or cheating or false approach is to get the materials from the authors, steal and mis use it for their self gain. The famous in this deal is . They offer 80% of the sales price as royalty and motivate the authors to upload their book. Keep the author in darkness regarding the sales and swindle the money. If the author deletes the books from their files, they copy it to a “retired file” and continue to sell and take 100% of the revenue to themselves. I lost considerable revenue in their CHEATING SCAM !!
    4) Any thesis made by a researcher as per an academic frame (however famous or great) has no sale or utility value. The universities are not interested in publishing, promoting and selling it. But if Lap comes forward to publish it, then the author feels that it is worth a Million Dollar, and attaches a scam mark on Lap !! Accept or reject the Lap proposal. It is foolish for amy author to self elevate his work without giving a fair test in the book market !!!
    5) A genuine SCAM mark on Lap is they do not keep the author infomed about the sale. It is because they have decided not to pay any royalty with a complex terms and consitions. Then why the author is worried about the sales volume ??

  127. Dr.VSRS Says:

    Clarification on hidden matter in Point (3) to my reply to tlj.

    The CHEATING SCAM in web publishing is http://www.lulu.com.

  128. tlj Says:

    Dear Dr.VSR.Subramaniam,

    Regarding 2) Do you consider penis enlargement etc. legitimate “publication promotion” strategy within the frame work of a marketing concept? I consider it SPAM and really annoying. That is why I can never see LAP as a serious distributer of academic work.


  129. 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”, 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 wont 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.

    Best,
    Boris G,
    Historian

  130. Francisco Mesquita Says:

    If you don´t want to pursuit an academic career, is it so bad to put in your CV that your Master Thesis was published by LAP?

    So many contradictions in this blog. Sure i am less receptive to this LAP “scam or not-scam”, but after reading all this reviews/comments, i still can´t get a nice point of view!

  131. Dr Henry M. Says:

    Friends,
    I was approached by VDM last year and was not sure what to do. I decided to go ahead and let them publish my thesis. I was given 2 weeks to polish it before submitting it for publication. I rushed it in one day just to see whether it is a scam or not. It may have been a risk, but I thought worth the try. They turned to be honest and did everything they said they would do: published it, sent me a free copy, placed it electronically in the market with about 4 or five sellers one of which is amazon.
    How, does this affect my academic career? Well my thesis was edited several times, revised several times, and checked and passed with flying colours by three respected professors from three different universities around the world. If academics decide to act like baboons, be arrogant and territorial, and read only from publishers they are familiar with, then it would be their error. Consider this: if I published my thesis with Routledge Publishing, for example, the content would still be much the same, and the reader would not benefit from it more than if they read the VDM publication of the same work.
    Yes VDM publishes cheep books in terms of quality of paper and the like. Also they do not work on your book in any way other than putting it together, but for this they give you 2 weeks to ensure it is well presented. The book does not have an index, but then again, for getting exposure it is worth it. For that matter, I was not interested in profits as much as in exposure. So I set a new bank account and just kept it running, with not much in it just in case, and it has been for over a year now and no attempt of illegal or funny business by VDM. Anyhow, this was my experience with them.
    The only downfall from all this is that they have rather unreasonably priced the book. I still do not understand for what reason or what logic they madly over price their publications: they did not sell any for their own benefit, nor did I get exposure because no one would buy a $25 book for $90 or so. Nonetheless, I can confidently say that I am published. As for my academic career I need to publish articles in well known journals, and if it comes to publishing my thesis again, I can always better it, and qualify it as a different work and publish it with another publishing house if needed.

  132. Dereje Says:

    I received the email message today from LAP. As usual, I typed the company name to google and came across to this interesting forum and read all the comments; I found it useful to shape my decision whether I will going to send my Masters thesis to them or not.

    Thank you all, it was very informative to have all these different views so that I will make my own decision.

    I thought it was a scam at first and found out there is some honesty at the end of the review. Do such publication has a positive impact on my CV? That is an answered question yet as I saw some comment that speculate it will hart a CV instead of do good…

    Is there any copy write associated with the masters thesis? Should I ask the university before I send the thesis?

    Peace,

  133. Rebecca Says:

    i got this email too, from what i’ve researched, it looks like some huge scam.

    a) hundreds and hundreds of people have received the exact same email, at around the same time, they could not have been researching at all these places at once, specifically around your subject
    b) how on earth did they get hold of my university, course, and email address, i am careful with my details!
    c) i haven’t even written my dissertation yet, i’m only a second year!!

    seems highly fishy to me!!

  134. RichaardC Says:

    Hi All

    I also received an email (today) from LAP Lambert.

    I will give you all the content, excising the title of my alleged ‘thesis':

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

    In the course of a research on the Internet, I came across a reference to your thesis on “xxxxx”.
    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.
    Ludmila 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

    l.caus(at)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”

    Yes, well, good. The only problem being that my ‘thesis’ was, in fact, a published chapter within the (hard-copy and internet-published) proceedings of an international conference which I attended in London in July this year.

    The fact that they contacted me (at my email address published with the paper) implies some robotic trawling, but also with some sophisticated filtering, I think. How else to find ‘academic’ content? My paper title was necessarily quite abstruse – possibly 100 people worldwide are interested in my particular sub-field, although the conference dealt with broader aspects of the research domain.

    Not so smart, however, to ask me to reply with an email address to which ‘Ludmila’ could send ‘further information’ if she has already contacted me using my university email address…

    I wouldn’t have spent even this small time to find this social thread and to add to it if I didn’t think it worthwhile to draw the attention of younger academic persons to the complete futility of expending time on responding to what is clearly a sub-species of vanity publishing. Even if you receive a shiny-new hard-copy bound version of your thesis from LAP Lambert, it will be as meaningless for your CV and future career as if you had gone to a bespoke book-binder and paid the costs yourself.

  135. Carol Black Says:

    Here is what I ran into with American publishers. My dissertation was revised from original 400pp. down to about 250. With a well known American publisher, Rutgers Univ. Press, prestigious in name, they asked me to hire an editor (coincidently one they recommended) who wanted $800. up front with more payments to be arranged. The original editor who contacted me mentioned the tables in my book were dated. If he had taken the time to actually read it, he would have understood that they were related to a historical time period in US history where our prison industry expanded at a phenomenal rate. They were not meant to be “current”. I declined to hire the editor they recommended, never contacting her. Then I rec’d an e-mail from her, saying the Rutgers main editor suggested she contact me. Hmmm, I sense some sort of relationship here where they both make money. I could be wrong.

    Personally, though this practice is certainly above board, I think it is an easy and immoral way for American publishers to solicit a lot of money from academics with a really quality piece of work, who just want to publish. And it is unfair. I am a newly employed asst. professor. I do not have $1000. to throw out to publish my book, even if it may result in my work being on a nice, shiny brochure from a prestigious publisher. It doesn’t mean people will necessarily jump to order your book! I see THIS as a scam even tho’ it’s perfectly legit and probably standard practice.

    I see Lambert as a legitimate publisher who will widely deciminate my work, even though they may also publish dissertations & manuscripts of all types and qualities. Let’s put knowledge in the hands of the people. I am very happy to publish w/ Lambert & see my stuff in print, then pass the word to my networking contacts to order and promote the book. The goal for me is to see the stories of those I interviewed IN PRINT. This will happen with Lambert.

    They are a legitimate publisher as far as my research tells me. They are on amazon and in bookstores. It is fun to publish what you have written. American publishing is too elitist for my taste. I know my work and trust that it is of high quality, and it will now be in print.

    C.Black.

  136. cfblack Says:

    What I learned from the Amer. publishers is to revise your dissertation or master’s thesis. Don’t publish it as is. Here is one good advice book: “From Dissertation to Book” by William Germano.


  137. I posted a paper on ArXiv.org — it’s by far the only paper I wrote which I posted on the Internet. After a month, I received this e-mail. I suppose these guys at LAP are doing systematic research on academic databases to get personal infos about new authors — they even got my complete middle name. I too got excited about the “offer” and like most of us here, I searched LAP on Google and read enough to convince myself that it’s some kind of a legitimate scam. I actually replied — I just want to see for myself how this thing goes. I would agree that it’s really just vanity press. The offer is just too attractive — and have enticed quite a number of academics already — but they’re introducing a very bad tradition for research. No peer review. I can pretty much write something crappy on TeX, pepper it with bogus mathematical equations and they’d actually publish it. Bad.

  138. hassan white Says:

    Hi everybody!
    After I read all writings I see that people don’t think carefully. I don’t believe LAP is something scam… Who cares a new book? Publication costs are very expensive. LAP is very clever. They are offer to new people especially MS or PhD students or graduate people.
    Please compare their books price in Amazon. They are very expensive.
    Think carefully a new published book can buy by author and the people around author. So a new book can be selling about 100 copies. By the way I don’t think LAP publishes 1000 or more copies for a book. They can easily copy publish via developed photocopy machines.
    Bye…

  139. Anastasios Says:

    I have received the same spam mail…

  140. Very worried author Says:

    I have published with LAP and already recieved free copies my publication. However, I would like to know if there is anyone who had recieved royalties for his/her work published by LAP.

  141. Fabrizio Says:

    I’d like to say that I receive too an almost identical letter from LAP Editors (do they really mean “expecially interested in publishing…” when they write it to thousands and thousands of graduate or post graduate? I guess they’ll have many employees to follow closely all the people they contacted). Thank You, anyway, for your words about this imaginary Editing House. i personally don’t believe it is a scam but I, honestly, prefer to publish the abstract of my poster with Harassowitz for the last ICAANE in London 2010 than having a book for me, my mother, my father and some of my relatives. In other words I still aspire to have ,ore highest possibilities than a quick and easy unknown publication. Fabrizio

  142. NLgirl Says:

    Not that anyone reads this anymore ;) but just some insights:
    I was approached for publishing my thesis with them after it’s title had been announced on the University digital archive. There’s no pdf accessible yet, as it is under embargo. Why would anyone want to publish my thesis without having read the content nor having gotten a recommendation from my supervisor? Certainly not for the quality of it. I was approached by Springer as well, and that was based on a personal contact and recommendation by my supervisor. Springer does not want to publish it if a significant portion is already published in articles (which applies to my thesis as well). LAP doesn’t care about that.
    So in conclusion: LAP is not intending to make money based on the quality of the text but possibly on private sales (i.e. vanity scam) or having randomly a few good ones in there database that sell in the end. But in my point of view, there’s nothing in it for me.

  143. anonymous writer Says:

    I also got mail from LAP, it was signed by Natraj Seetaram, Acquisition Editor. They wanted to publish my Ph.D. thesis which already has an ISBN number and is also available in pdf. The email is clearly generated automatically. Sorry LAP, I am not giving you the right to print my work and keep the money to yourselves.

  144. Suspicious Academe Says:

    I am going to send them a LONG email in academic, dense German. If they aren’t really a German company, or employ any German-fluent employees, they won’t be able to read it adequately and reply. If they are, well, then I’ll consider it.

  145. Anonymous Says:

    the name of my acquisition editor: Dimitrii Ghisimli

  146. Yellowman Says:

    Stop Tarnishing a good name – LAP academic Publishing. I have already submitted my thesis for publication. I have gone through all the steps of publishing. The only element is that the piece of work is not peer reviewed (may be due to cost involved). But a keen author goes all miles to ensure that all technical, typographical, orthographical, errors of omission and commission are at acceptable levels. In any case, the piece of work (thesis) must have passed through supervisors in universities and colleges. Bank account is an essential element for royalties – which can even be a new bank account specifically for the LAP royalties. For those who have experience in publishing are better placed!

    Academic publishing goes with certain amount of fee. Only a few can afford to publish in journals where authors are required to pay. Given a platform to publish, share your knowledge globally at no cost and instead end up getting 12% as royalties per annum, who can decline ! Just start publishing with LAP this day and not tomorrow!


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  148. Caroline Says:

    I too was initially approached by Olivier Ah-fat. I’m now dealing with Kevin Woodman.

    The whole process has been incredibly difficult. LAP don’t seem to have access to the sort of modern software that I’d expect a reliable publisher to have. And a number of emails have been sent to me in error, including a personal email to someone, in German.

    When I completed the project, Kevin uploaded the incorrect doc – twice! The first was a job offer to someone. The second one was someone else’s thesis, with a title and subject is a discipline totally different to mine.

    They’ve since had problems with the document I sent them – several times they required me to format it and when a copy was sent back to me for checking, it contained 6900 pages of illegible nonsense. And now they’re asking me to go back and complete the project!

    They seem to me to be a mickey mouse outfit who have no real idea of what they’re doing. Fortunately I haven’t given them my bank account details yet, as I’m seriously considering pulling out.

    My thesis supervisor and another former lecturer have never heard of these guys. A colleague who has had work published with a regular publisher here was shocked when I told her I hadn’t been offered a contract, as contracts are standard practice in the publishing industry.

  149. Tracy Says:

    My request from LAP came via my Facebook page. How strange is that? Portions of my dissertation have already been published in peer-reviewed journals. As part of the submission process, I opted to have it copyrighted automatically after two years as part of the University’s submission process.

    I am just trying to get my head around the inflated prices. If anyone wanted any information from my dissertation, I am sure a note to my major professor or myself would be all that is needed to obtain a .PDF version for free. Voilà the cost of the paper and ink….no wait time.

  150. A Says:

    Kevin Woodmann contacted me too. Didn’t know what to do but my professor find out this blog and there are more negative comments for LAP here. So I am not going forward for it. Also I can say that they are quite unprofessional to be a publisher but quite professional for a sophisticated scam… whichever is true, I do not have time for this… there are other things and opportunity in life in life. So be in a safe zone to stay away any risks like this.


  151. I had 2 emails from them offering to publish separate titles they identified as a “thesis” (actually short conference papers).

    If you want to publish a thesis, unless you have exotic requirements like colour pictures, I suggest you do what I did: use a print on demand publisher like Createspace (search for my name on Amazon). You have total control over how your book is published including the retail price (in my case, I don’t care if I don’t make a profit, so I priced mine at a level where I have to sell a few dozen to break even, a lot for a PhD thesis and you can find a free PDF online if you are cheap — the main cost is printing a proof and getting it mailed to you, only expensive if outside the US).

    I don’t understand the value of a publisher who will publish anything without proofreading vs. self-publishing and the latter is now so easy, anyone who can generate a PDF to a specified page size can do it.

  152. NT Says:

    I had received a emkil from LAP for publishing my work.I want to check the validity of the publisher and is this a spam,fraud or really a good opportunity

  153. Spam-man Says:

    Hello everyone, I received this on facebook:

    Dear Spam,

    I am writing on behalf of an international publishing house, Lambert Academic Publishing. In the course of an Internet research I came across a link to your thesis on ” How to make money”.

    As we are planning publications in this subject area, I would like to get in touch with you and I am wondering if you may be interested in publishing your work.

    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,
    Dmitrii Ghimisli
    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

    d.ghimisli(at)lappublishing(dot)com / lappublishing(dot)com

    Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
    General unlimited partner:
    VDM Management GmbH
    Geschäftsführung: Dr. Wolfgang Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von
    Krosigk

    I replied that I was interested and got this email:

    Dear Spam, Thank you for your interest in our publishing house. I would be glad to send you more information on LAP Lambert AcademicPublishing GmbH & Co. KG (see attached). We publish about 4000 books annually, and are therefore one of the leading academic publishing houses in Germany. LAP is an associate member of the American Booksellers’ Association (www.bookweb.org) and the Booksellers’ Association (www.booksellers.org.uk) of the UK and Ireland. We publish books in the form of a monograph, which means that our books are independent scientific publications (and not journal articles).Thus, we would be interested in publishing your work as a whole. LAP books are distributed by global wholesalers worldwide. You can reviewthem on _amazon.de, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com or bookbutler.de_ (the easiest way is to go on our website http://www.lap-publishing.com and choose ‘Portfolio’). If you are interested in working with us, please submit your work by e-mail along with a telephone number at which you can be reached. Youwill then receive feedback as to whether we will publish your work, as well as any requests for corrections if applicable. Although this goeswithout saying in publishing, I would like to expressly guarantee that your work will only be used for in-house review. Should we not arrive atan agreement, all your data will be deleted from our records. Please note that a LAP author retains the right to submit major parts (up to 80 percent) of the work for publication in academic journalswithout the permission of the Publisher and that the minimum of pages must be of 45 pages and maximum of 692 pages. I look forward to hearing back from you. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me. — Kind regards,Dmitrii GhimisliAcquisition Editor

    I WOULD BE VERY CAREFUL. I also got a pdf file…
    NOTE:
    What rights do I give up to the publisher
    By publishing with LAP, you will thereby give up the rights of use for the duplication and dissemination
    of your work. However, as the author, you will retain ownership of the copyright to your work, even after
    entering into an contractual agreement with us. You will also retain the right to have portions of your
    work published in other forms (e.g. as a technical paper, online publication, etc.); also, you may
    disseminate the complete work through full text servers (e.g. of scientific libraries) at no cost.

    It seems to me that they are in it for the money, but I wonder just how?
    Why would they be interested in publishing my master thesis?
    1) its already available for free at my university
    2. Bestseller = major royalties? Sure;-)
    well I wouldn’t do it.
    happy new year!

  154. Rocco Says:

    Hi,
    thank you for very interesting discussion.
    I am worried about copyright too.
    Can a PhD thesis be just published without any concern?
    Can the work be also published in conference/journal papers without any concern?
    Thank you very much

  155. Stephen Says:

    Wow! The gist of all this seems to be that LAP really does publish books and does not take the author’s money, but uses mass mailings to solicit business, basically consigns the author’s work to obscurity, and commands no respect in serious academic circles. So why publish with them? Vanity, of course – or if you happen to be in a less ‘choosy’ academic setting, where your dean will be happy to add your name to a list of faculty members who have published books…

    From my perspective, I just wasted half an hour reading comments when I should have been preparing syllabi or revising papers for journals. But it was fun, in a mild sort of way…

  156. karthik kumaran Says:

    It was very funny that they choose me to send this mail because i dropped out from the university after two semesters and haven’t even completed my masters..and they wanna publish a dissertation which does not exist..good luck with that :)


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  159. Locoderemate Says:

    I also got mail from LAP’s Acquisitions Editor asking whether they could publish one of my journal articles. After the usually redundant reminder that the Journal has the copyright I took their bait and switched them onto a “new and improved” version of my ancient dissertation. All journal article mileage out of that thesis was run years ago; it is fully amortized. I’m now 71 and thrilled about coming into the company of Amazons.

  160. anaon Says:

    Hi,

    had an e-mail two days ago. Most of my thesis has already been published in academic journals, so I answered explaining this point and expressing my perplexity art their request.

    Their answer was immediate and not to the point–automatic response?

  161. Anne Says:

    Even if this publishing house is printing works at no cost to the authors, and even if everybody’s identity information is safe with them, in the world of academics, publication there would be worthless, precisely because it doesn’t peer-review works. If one wants a book to sell or give away, that’s fine. If one wants academic credit, it’s worth than worthless — it makes a file look REALLY dicey.

  162. Samuel Z. Bonye Says:

    Quite interesting comments!!.I also received an email from LAP requesting to have my thesis published. Quite skeptical initially but gave it a try upon second thought. It’s since been published and a copy mailed to me free of charge.It’s real not scam. In any case most thesis work after achieving academic laurel are left to collect dust. I fully agree that royalties might not have been paid to authors following comments from those who have their thesis published earlier.Yet to receive reports of royalty payments from authors. But i think it is more dignifying to have your work read widely across continents.

  163. Charles Says:

    I have also been approached by LAP wanting to publish my doctoral thesis. How they got my e-mail and other detailed information no idea.Question is are they really genuine?

  164. Bill Says:

    @tij- Penis enlargement would not exactly be a scam, if it is directed to people who need it, and if the medicines actually achieved what they promise!
    Lambert’s/VDM’s business model is simple. They focus on thesis with sellable names- and fix very high sales price. In case they get an order through Amazon (or any other web retailers), they print their book, sell for a substantial profit. These orders are very less (some large library, or some someone by mistake who gets confused by the title)- As some of the works are PhD thesises, they may actually be worth that kind of money to someone in the same field.
    The only cost that VDM/lambert occurs is the cost of the first copy sent to the author. On an average most of the copies would get at least one order- which would offset the cost of printing the 1+ copies..
    They of course pay no royalty. They are quite clear in this. What they do, is, if you have accumulated royalty from sales, you are allowed to purchase a VDM/Lambert book- this is good for authors who want more copies of their own books. Another way for a author to earn more books (this is a dark secret) is to recommend more authors- this is the source from which many of you get the emails- and leads you to wonder how the publishers came to know of your thesis details. Its no research, its merely your close friends (who have already publihsed and want more copies of their own books) who are directing them to you.
    Not technically a scam, you get one printed and bound volume of your thesis, its listed on Amazon etc etc, not a bad option for someone whose thesis is not going to be published as a book. They do allow you to publish papers from your book- which is afterall the real academic activity.

  165. Matt Says:

    I published my dissertation. It is on my shelf and also available at amazon.com. It is not a scam. You can search amazon.com for the books they publish by putting Lambert Academic Publishing into search bar.

  166. jay Says:

    very nice site thanks

  167. Patrick Says:

    Hi All,
    There are some interesting viewpoints here but it is very confusing what to do as I also received an invitation from LAP Lambert with similar approach. I have been dealing with their editor as (Yedisen Ramasamy) for over 6 weeks. They have a professional approach but I now unsure on if I should go ahead with them to publish my thesis as a book. Has anyone received this from a same editor and have gone ahead with their publication?

  168. Anonymous Says:

    what are you saying about lambert i have just submitted something for a book

  169. Troy McConaghy Says:

    You can probably save yourself a lot of money by going with a less-expensive publisher, rather than the first one who sent you an email.

  170. Patrick Says:

    Anonymous: Who was your editor? I am still due to submit my manuscript with them and they say that I must do it soon as I am short of time but now after doing this search I am very unsure. please let me know what happns to your publication..

    Troy: Lambert say they are free to publish with – in return the author just jets one free copy it is good for a first book for a early stage researcher particularly if it is a phd thesis.

  171. Hannah Says:

    After receiving their email today I pretended to be interested in what they had to offer but only to find out if it was true. Now I know, this definitely is a scam! Not only did they go along with my sudden name change and not notice but they also don’t understand a word of German. Ironic considering they are a German based publishing company. I slipped an offensive sentence into one reply and they didn’t even notice.
    My contact, Evelyn Davis, did admit to not speaking German but forwarded my email onto her colleague. Her colleague will be in for a surprise. I warn them that it is no thank you.

    Knew I could smell fish as soon I opened that email.

  172. Bob Says:

    As former editorial staff on a major journal in the humanities, I’d warn that non-peer-reviewed publications will never get reviewed in journals, so from that point of view this outfit will do budding academic careers no good at all.

  173. vlatka Says:

    …now Lambert came in Croatia! Thank you all, now we know that
    they are scam. No way to send them anything.
    best regards

  174. Anonymous Says:

    I can’t believe there are so many posts above calling LAP a “scam”, casting doubts on its motivation, complaining about its disrespecting correspondence and the absence of any review process, but AT THE SAME TIME being very much concerned about whether LAP pay royalty or not, as if LAP would NOT be a scam anymore if they do pay. So ironic.

    If you, the people of such posts above, care so much about being able to make money from being published by LAP or whatever, you are actually no different than LAP as the scam as you call it. You want to exploit the publisher as much as it wants to do so on your work. Shame on you.

    LAP is a real scam only if (1) authors pay to publish, or (2) they pretend they are prestigious and their authors can be famous and wealthy. Following all the threads you can judge by yourself what the answer is.

    By the way, as far as I can see, those incorrect or missing addressing of university names/thesis titles should be the responsibility of those absent-minded individual acquisition editors who made mistakes in copy&paste, which is possible if they are newly hired. And they (not robots) really do search on your personal information through the web.

  175. jan Says:

    nice blog, thanks…

  176. Patrick Says:

    There is actually no scam. Authors can publish without any strict review. However, if their work has already been reviewed then it really is a chance for one to publish their research for the first time. Yes there are no royalties given to the authors but they do not really insist authors to fill the bank details section. I have known LAP to send up to two free copies of the published book.

  177. David Says:

    Stay away from them. They offered me to publish a inexistent”work” whose title was the name of a course and then, if you search for the same email in Google, you can see that is a spam that has been sent to hundreds if not thousands of people, just changing the name of the University, the title of the publication and, funnily engough, the signatory, as if any academic publisher would have dozens of people working in the “acquisitions department”. Likewise, the profiles of the robot posters in their Facebook page are obviously fake. Why they use so many made-up names if they are legit?
    They will publish your work all right, but you give up your rights to publish it in a prestigious publisher (like one from which libraries actually buy books) and I have seen reports of people being charged for corrections, which is extremely unusual and unethical. Plus the prices in Amazon are extremely inflated, even more expensive than books from presigious academic publishers with a whole editorial team behind, peer reviewers, etc. The only people buying the books will be the authors themselves.
    No self-respecting publisher would want to publish a work they have not read. This is not more than a dodgy self-publishing service, and there are others more transparent: you pay and they print out as many copies of your book as you like, without shady marketing techniques, spam-like tactics or the suicidal loss of your rights to ever publish that work again. My advice: go for a PDF upload for maximum dissemination, print on demand for vanity publishing (nothing wrong with that) or try a real publisher if you want to start an academic career.

  178. Michelle Says:

    Wow glad to have read this all in time before I sent these people my thesis…reading the comments, it’s not about the money (!) from academic publishing you’ll never get from LAP, it’s more about the ethics behind this thing (or apparent lack thereof). They seem to have found themselves a niche which is very cost effective if they print on demand, but you give up rights on one level and you don’t associate yourself with a legitimate publisher on the other. Thank goodness for this blog.


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  180. manni Says:

    There are some publishers out there on the market, that on the first view act all the same way – publishing for free. But what I’d really recommend to you all – compare contracts and try to phone the publisher, write an email and ask for help – the experienced ones will individually respond – after a long research (and a friend of mine recommended grin as a liable publisher) I tried with http://www.grin.com and I must say it works easy, free and you do not! give up your rights for your whole life and beyond – they state a fix contract duration, which is fair I guess as they take all costs for publishing, ISBN and more (I don’t quite remember)…I’m happy to have shared my research results with others and not having it decay in my universities library, or elsewhere.

  181. Anonymous Says:

    Wow! I was contacted at my university email address, and the acquisitions editor did get the name of my dissertation right. While I haven’t filled out the personal information or bank information (that’s when I smelled a rat), I am concerned because I already emailed them my dissertation in PDF form, and they have already agreed to publish it less than a week later (second red flag). Now, I want to back out, but they already have a copy of my dissertation. What should I do now?

  182. Lacey Says:

    I was also wary when I received their emails. After speaking with a few classmates who had published with them, one who has received royalties from her publication already, I decided to go ahead (almost 6 months after they contacted me).

    They have published my thesis, it’s available on Amazon and they sent me a free advance copy. You have the option to wait to enter your bank account info until the following year, when they deposit your first year’s royalties, so I haven’t done that part. I will likely set up a bank account which has very little money in it to receive the payments and see what happens.

    While I understand everyone’s concerns with giving out bank info, so far my dealings with them have been on the level. Also, they are in Germany, and it’s very common in Europe to give your bank account information to others to do wire transfers, though still makes me nervous.

  183. David Says:

    Lacey: The main problem with these people is not the bank info (so far). The main problem is that they advertise themselves as an academic publisher whereas, in reality, they aren’t: they are a print-on demand service of autopublishing with no quality control, readers, correctors, etc. They don’t select (they publish indiscriminately, sometimes incomplete works and materials such as class notes, whatever they can fish with their spam messages), they don correct, they don’t print (each book is only prnted after it is purchased), they don’t distribute, etc, etc. Unlike other services of vanity publishing like Lulu or Booksurgue, they make their books look like proper academic monographs in Amazon and they charge highly inflated prices for them, fooling buyers into thinking that the books have been through a process of rigoruous selection and editing (what you would expect at those prices). It is more of a fraud for the (highly) hypothetical buyer than it is for the author, but I would not like my name to be associated with them.

    The Mauritius-based VDM (the company behing Lambert and its many other imprint names) are not very trustworthy either:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VDM_Publishing

  184. Chan Says:

    LAP is not a scam. Besides what these guys up here are talking appear superficial questions: peer review, bank account etc. Theses are usually peer reviewed in one way or other because professors supervise and examine them before they are accepted. So, there is no need for further peer review. If you want royalty, you can open a new bank account for that purpose for deposit only, no one can withdraw from your account. I dealt and published a work myself. I got one acquisition editor and we communicated several times before I send my documents. She was not a robot a human being. If you suspect, everything is scam. Your existence may be a part of scam. Peer review is nothing more than a social and academic control. Galileo was peer reviewed by Popes and rejected but Galileo was right. Dtc, fossil fuels, were all peer reviewed but now null and void. Green technology and wind energy are peer reviewed but they will fail and are killing birds now. No knowledge is ultimate, a pundit can be pundit of his only, creative knowledge does not come out of so called peer review. Whatever their motive is for publishing, you become happy that your useless or useful production of hardwork is published. Do not think that the plane will crash before you board. some may crash but many dont

  185. David Says:

    Chan: Selling a random self-published, print-on-demand work as if it were an academic monograph is a scam, at least in my book. You might have benefited from professorial supervision before you send your work, but that does not invalidate the fact that they publish indiscriminately: they send hundreds of spam emails offering to publish works they have not even read, anything, from theses and dissertations to lecture notes, talks, long undergraduate essays which might have even failed or gotten a low mark when submitted, etc. Amazon is full of reviews by buyers infuriated at having bought someone’s MsC dissertation when they thought they had paid for an academic monograph:

    Funnily enough, the few positive reviews of Lambert books are either by the author himself or by users who have created an account (with names like ‘abcd’) just to review that item.

    Some planes crash and others dont, but if you know that the plane is rigged you’d be a fool to board it.


  186. I have contected by Mr Bhawana Teelwah from Sarrbruken Germany.I have uploaded my doctoral thesis on their system. Inshallah I will receive my copy in 6-8 weeks. I think irs awosome to have publish your book free of cost and from such a big publisher!!!

  187. Anonymous Says:

    Guys, it’s a personal choice.

    I received the same mail too, wrote them separately from two separate mails to see if they give the same answer for both. The one to which they have not sent a mail did not get any answer, but to the true one they contacted me they answered all my questions. Have a German friend who also confirmed their legitimacy. The only worrying thing is that they don’t discriminate, and I haven’t heard a single person whose publication failed after following their instructions. One can doubt their review process and the strictness, but as it is a work that had already reviewed, I didn’t hesitate.

    I’m just waiting for the free-copy.

    Just a personal choice, by the way most of Phd, and masters’ dissertations are already available to universities’ website. So no worries much about the ‘secrecy’.


  188. I totally agree with you. Our thesis are easily available on universities and higher education websites, so the matter of secrecy doesn’t arise. After all we are saving a lot by publishing our thesis free from Lap Lambert. However the royalty seems quite insufficient (12%) of the book price and it should be raised.

  189. David Says:

    What’s the problem with secrecy? The problem is that LAP is a self-publishing service masquerading as an academic publisher in order to justify ridiculous prices for books that have not gone through any kind of review or editorial control. No one is going to pay 50-100 dollars for an MSc dissertation which is not guaranteed to have received even a passed mark, Also, look around in other blogs: people have been asked permission to publiosh things as diverse as lecture notes, papers presented at conferences, dssertations, etc, without even finding out the mark or indeed even if they have passed.
    Academic librarians know already that LAP is not an academic publisher, so their effect on your cv is more likely to be negative than positive (there are many academics who published with LAP and, afterwards, decided not to include the publication in the cv they posted in their university webpafge which says loads…) And no one who knows how the texts are selected is going to pay the absurd prices, 10 times more than items from others services of vanity publishing.
    Of course, this does not mean that among all the rubbish they might have published some good books, but they are not doing a favour to serious authors who will see their names associated to this scam.

  190. galfromaway Says:

    I received an email from this company, and it mentioned a thesis I didn’t write as being my thesis and offered to publish it. They probably found it through a blog post I wrote for the department I work for at my university and just assumed it was mine.

    Not very trustworthy in my eyes.

  191. Anonymous Says:

    Every single positive comment about this company is written in such a way to suggest that they are a plant from the company itself. Posts are nonsensical and grammatically off. I don’t trust a single one. My thesis is available for free online, and I have no plans to publish through this untrustworthy company.

  192. Nik Says:

    They make money from your work. How much did they pay? Just curious to know?

  193. Gwen Says:

    I got an email from them today – they managed to get hold of my email address, University and the year I got my PhD… however, the thesis title they gave was a sentence cut-and-pasted from a summary of my postdoctoral research.

    This ‘title’ gave away the source of their information – the alumni section of my previous employer’s website… not very professional. Looks like a creepy google-stalking phishing scam.

  194. Peace Says:

    lambert is not a scam. i published a book from it and now it is available at the market. visit the urt- http://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Crime-New-Horizon-Criminology/dp/3843320497/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325278396&sr=1-3
    and check the reliability.

  195. David Says:

    It’s not a scam bacause they don’t publish your book: it’s a scam because it’s a print on demand service of self-publishing that sells their books as if they were academic monographs.

    For those who can read Spanish, a Venezuelan university has advised its research staff not to publish with Editorial Academica Española, the name under which VDM/Lambert, etc operates in the Spanish-speaking world:

    http://usbnoticias.info/post/14362

  196. David Says:

    Australian universities have also published warnings against VDM Verlag, with no hesitation to indicate that they are in fact Vanity Press:

    http://www.education.monash.edu.au/staff/ednews/article.php?id=1630

    http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/thesis_faq.cfm

    http://www.csu.edu.au/research/performance/herdc/criteria

    And some American ones too. This one in West Virginia is more carefully worded but it basically says that you might as well publish with them if you don’t want to give any further use to your thesis or dissertation, but not if you plan to get an academic job or a promotion in the future:

    http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/theses/web.htm#V

    In my opinion, it skims over the fact that the books are fraudulently sold on Amazon at inflated, misleading prices as well as the ethical implications for the author, but it basically says what many have indicated already here: use them if you don’t wish to pursue an academic job or promotion, but they are worthless in an academic cv.

  197. David Says:

    Actually, not just in Venezuela: it appears that many American and Australian universities have published guidelines advising students and staff not to publish with VDM/Lambert because they are not a genuine academic publisher nor a reliable commercial publisher:

    http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/theses/web.htm#V

    http://www.education.monash.edu.au/staff/ednews/article.php?id=1630

    http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/thesis_faq.cfm

    http://www.csu.edu.au/research/performance/herdc/criteria

    As an imprint, VDM/ Lambert is worthless from an academic point of view, so the people you are trying to impress with your cv will laugh at you if show anything published by them.

  198. David Says:

    Apologies for posting twice the same thing (didn’t realise that my first comment was awaiting moderation)

  199. Majannja Says:

    I’d recommend to have a look at GRIN publishing (http://www.grin.com). I decided to publish with them, because it is easy, no costs attached and more than once I’ve already had a nice dinner paid with my royalties earned.
    One of the most important things for me to decide for them was the contract (I compared several selfpublishing services), which explicitly states the duration of contract, not some strange legal terminology which ends up in giving up all rights to your paper.

  200. סנורקה Says:

    Also got an e-mail from them, but this time one that seems ever more clever:

    “Some time ago I contacted you, offering you the possibility of making your work available as printed book.
    Since I did not hear back from you, I am now wondering if you received my email. I would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in our publishing house and I will be glad to provide you with detailed information about our services.”

    I can assure you they never sent the first one…

  201. Alemayehu Says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars Lambart publishing, 8 Feb 2012
    By Sofia – See all my reviews

    This review is from: Deconstructive Discourse of Content as Reflected in: Haddis Alemayehu’s “Fikir Eske Mekabir” (Paperback)
    I have came across many of the manuscripts published by this “publisher”. Some of them which appeared in amazon as books (in the format under review) are MA thesis of my students. I have been approached by this “publisher” to publish through them. However they are not serious. They don’t do a peer review of the thesis when they claim them as books and posted them at amazon. In some of them they don’t do even proper formatting and language checking. So they don’t seriously publish books. Rather tag them colourful cover pages and ridiculous price and post them in places like amazon. So I will advise customers not to be tricked by this publisher and believe that the “book” you see here has passed through due process of publishing. If you wanna buy it see it for yourself. In fact you can check the web site of the university where that author has written what you see here as a “book” as his or hers final year thesis (eg. See addis ababa university web site) and can download it for free as it is a free public property. I have written this because I am disappointed with lack of professionalism by this “publisher” which attempts to make quick money by tricking customers. Would be glad if any one can distributed this comment as widely as possible.
    The writer is a professor at addis ababa university.
    Why no voting buttons? We don’t let customers vote on their own reviews, so the voting buttons appear only when you look at reviews submitted by others.
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  202. Anonymous Says:

    hi all i was also contacted by the lap people… i have submitted my work with them. but now m doubtful whether i checked the page numbers properly or not.
    can someone please tell me that if there is some problem with the page numbers will it affect the publishing or will it be surely published?

    please help me i am really in a fix.

  203. shivanu Says:

    I dont think it to be a scam. they are pblishing and giving you a free copy. Regarding bank details you can open a new account

  204. amazon books Says:

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  205. amazon books Says:

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  206. RACHANA SHALINI Says:

    IS THERE ANYBODY WHO HAVE RECEIEVED ROYALTIES FROM LAMBERT PUBLISHING TILL DATE? I HAVE TRACKED MY BOOKS SALES DATA FOR JAN-DEC 2011 WHICH IS AROUND 50,000 ALL OVER D WORLD BUT I M NOT SURE LAMBERT WILL PAY ME D ROYALTIES.

  207. Mark P Says:

    Rachana ? Who the hell will buy extremely expensive books written by obscure writer ??

    LAP is definitely a SCAM !!! it gives bad name to any legitimate publisher and book writer !!


  208. Mark P .. ok LAP may be a scam, but the books are being sold, i haVE print shots of websites showing sales of my book as well my used books being resold.. can u please suggest me any action that can be taken against them??

  209. Mark P Says:

    You can take legal actions, but it will take time and more money than your royalty. And you will lose because you have agreed to their terms and agreement.

    In my opinion, there is nothing you can do. The least you can do is not citing them in your CV or your future publication because it will more likely damage your reputation further.

    Many academics I know are now skeptical about young guy who has published a book, thanks to them !!

    Some unknown publisher are actually legitimate and very well reviewing and editing your book, but now unknown publisher are considered in the same umbrella as LAP, VDM Verlag etc, which is sad..

    Now you aren’t considered real writer unless your book published by mainstream publisher such as Wiley, Academic Press, Springer, Oxford Press, Harvard press, Kluwer etc… but god knows how hard it is to be published by them…this is really demotivating young potential academics..

  210. Mark P Says:

    Rachana, you can’t have royalty unless your book sell more than 10 euros per month in some period of time.

    This is their Royalty policy and you have agreed to that.

  211. Chris Says:

    Am beginning to lean towards a No.

  212. Mark P Says:

    If you just want to impress your grandmother, by all means publish with VDM Verlag or LAP. Send her one autographed copy and she will be thrilled!!

    but NEVER mention them in your CV, it will makes you look like a fool. If you work in academia, it would be a suicide.

  213. Oduntan Says:

    I am originally from a Third World country. However, for over a decade, I have been living in the UK where I completed UG and PG degrees, including my PhD. In Western Europe, North America and Australasia (especially Australia and New Zealand), most of the comments made here concerning VDM’s and LAP’s lack of credibility as academic publishers would be applicable. Conversely, however, in most of the developing world, renowned European and American academic publishers (e.g. OUP, Heinemann, etc) no longer have their presence, as used to be the case. Also, apart from the fact that there are no equivalents of Springer, Taylor and Francis, etc, academic standards of local University Presses (where these exist at all) do not compare with what obtains here in the developed world. Many University Presses in the developed countries, these days, are merely Printing Presses! As such, individual academics are, typically, left with one book publishing option: SELF PUBLISH! This is done either by paying local presses (often from academics’ very meagre wages which are erratically paid). Or, you find publishers like VDM and LAP who would publish your work for you free of charge. Naturally, these academics go with the likes of VDM and LAP.

    One sad implication of the foregoing is that every Dick, Tom and Harry submits anything (including bachelors, masters and doctoral dissertations that narrowly passed) to VDM and LAP and have them published. Given that VDM and LAP have no editorial and referral processes in place to ensure quality control, I won’t be surprised if they accept failed (disguised as passed) theses/dissertations and publish them! This explains why EVERYTHING published by these publishers are tarred with the same brush and adjudged ‘vanity publishing’. This same trend is also noticeable in the area of publishing articles in ‘vanity journals’, yes, vanity journal, which is currently a booming business for some ROGUE journal editors (see, for example, http://metadata.posterous.com/83235355 ).

    Incidentally, because VDM and LAP are registered in Germany (never mind their operational base outside Europe), and in view of the fact that these rogue journals are called International or European Journal of XYZ, the management of universities in the developing world often consider works supposedly published by these German publishers and international/European journals to be of high quality. Subsequently, these academics – based on shoddy publications – are being promoted and moving up the academic ladder, becoming Senior Lecturers, Associate Professors and Professors! It’s simply pathetic.

  214. SM Says:

    In any publication, the matter and the innovative contents are important. Not the publisher and his fame. If one wishes to improve his academic image by using the accreditation of the publisher, he is cheating himself..

  215. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, SM, but a book with an accredited publisher is a minimal garantee that the publication is innovative and its contents are important and rigorous. That is the whole point of academic publshers. Using a print-on-demand service like VDM and pretending that the publication has gone through acadmeic filters and quality assessments is also cheating yourself but also cheating potential buyers.

    Also, in reply to Oduntan, not all universities are being fooled by VDM: there are many universities that have publsihed warnings against themn already.

  216. susan Says:

    I read skeptical posts, but decided to go ahead with LAP — my dissertation was completed in 1996, and while you can get a pdf of the scanned version through DI, my feeling is it’s just one more place one can get my information. Many of the chapters were published in peer-reviewed journals in the 1990s, but they’re not accessible … I did not have to provide bank info to LAP, so that was never a problem. Regarding publication — no one is going to publish your dissertation “as is” — so I’m not sure what the problem is. Any book built on a dissertation has to be so significantly rewritten that it’s a different book. In my case, a lot of time has passed since 1996 and I look at the publishing of the dissertation as simply a way to make a historical document available. I doubt anyone will buy it anyway :)

  217. Anonymous Says:

    In my experience Lambert Academic Press (LAP) is a scam.

    I was contacted to publish my thesis.  Ultimately, I decided not to publish unless they would provide two free copies of my work, one for me and one for my advisor.  My “editor” Elena Alexi, explicitly made this guarantee at several points in writing.

    After completing the project I was only provided a single copy.  Alexi has refused to honor our agreement unless I get additional people to sign up and publish with LAP.  She pressured me to get colleagues to sign up.   I’ve asked several times for contact information for a supervisor and Alexi has refused.

    I very sincerely urge anyone considering LAP to avoid them.

    Despite their claims that they have heard about your excellent, groundbreaking research, the truth is they simply troll university websites for new graduates.  They do not read, review, or edit your work.

    In our excitement we’re often easy marks.  Don’t let them profit off your efforts.

  218. ready to publish Says:

    Well I graduated a year ago, my dissertation is already available on Uni website for free of cost. Additionally I have already done two technical publications from my work.

    I am not expecting any royalties from them as I did this research to earn a degree not money.

    Honestly I never thought of publishing a book but with a little hard work of formatting etc. if I get a chance to publish free of cost, I don’t see any harm publishing with them. after all why not?

  219. kamal Says:

    i am a little bit confused after reading these comments.Recently some books has been published by lap-lambert (i dont know exact details) , i just been informed by one of the authors and then i saw the titles on amazon.com .The titles with hard cover and photo of the author is listed on amazon.com. The author is an eminent academician and also director of a reputed institute.I cannot belief that the author as i mentioned can be a victim of spam .kindly give me a clear information about the actual business of lap-lambert publishers.I really want to know about this publishers as soon as possible.

  220. Roder Says:

    Kamal: You could just read all the comments to get the picture: They are a print-on-demand service, which means that you send them a manuscript and they will put it up for sale in AMazon. If someone buys one then a book will be printed and sent to that person. Obviously no libraries, universities or serious research institutions wil purcharse any of their books (apart from the ones that authors working in those institutions have ordered) because they are not an academic publisher (they accept all kinds of text without supervisions or checks, make no corrections or editing, etc) and their reputation is very shady. Basically, the reason is that unlike other print-on-demand services, they mislead customer and authors into thinking that they are offering a different service (that of academic publishing as we undestand it). There are many universities that have already warned against them, so the effect for your curriculum vitae won´t be good if you publish with them, but they will send a cheap impression of the text you sent them with an ISBN and a cover…

  221. Juliet Says:

    I note that the last e m ail says LAP is not a spam, but most of the others say it is. I was also flattered when they e mailed me, but became suspicious when I could not upload their PDF creator on to my computer and got two messages from my internet server saying either the site can’t be found or it doesn’t exist! Never had this before. I think it is probably as others have said – a cheap self print organisation.

  222. Joe Woods Says:

    I’m a fiction mystery/thriller writer. I have been contacted by an acquisition agent for LAP. LAP wants to publish my next novel scheduled for completion this year. Does anyone out there know of a reason why I shouldn’t allow LAP to publish my work??? Has anyone ever published a novel with LAP??

  223. Josep M. Says:

    I and my friends published several books with LAP, but never receive any royalty fee as promised. Now we really know that LAP is a scam, a deceiving company. Tell your friends and everyone as many as possible not to become a victim of this company. Say “no” to this fraudulent company. This is my direct experience.

  224. hakan Says:

    I got the same soliciting e-mail from LAP. It is a sort of a vanity press and I think no serious scholar would consider publishing with LAP/VDM as this could compromise his/her credibility and harm his/her reputation.

  225. Anonymous Says:

    All of the critical replies, such as, “… my friends published several books with LAP, but never receive any royalty fee as promised,” are a strategy of misdirection. They appeal to the idea that the desire for public acknowledgement, citations, and tangible publication of said works, is more important than royalty checks, thus they make people focus on the lack of getting funds, and legitimize the concept of publication. Look up Lambert publishing on Amazon. You will probably find at least a few authors that have been published by them. Then look at the publication dates, the number of works they have published within specified date range, and finally the over generalized topic focus across the multiple “books,” all very fishy. I know my research is much more focused than that. An example I found, Mohammad Mohsin Khan, obviously a medical researcher, maybe even an epidemiologist, but his net is wide, and he was a busy little bee in 2010; check him out for yourself.

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  227. Joe Woods Says:

    I have been contacted by a representative of Lambert, Ms. Hanna Meyer, concerning her desire to publish my next novel. The manucript is ready for publishing but now I have a concern that this publisher my not be legit? Am I correct in that conclusion?

    Joe

  228. Richard Says:

    I think there is nothing wrong with Lambert. They just seem to have found a good market approach. Any thesis (either PhD or MSc) represents a piece of work that has already extensively been reviewed by a university or other institution granting the degree. Lambert’s assumption that such a thesis does not require another, editorial review is, therefore, correct. OK, not all universities of the world represent the highest scientific level, but so do not all publisher’s edditorial staffs. I personally have more confidence in universities than in publishers in this matter. What Lambert does, is even freeing the prospective authors from publishers’ interference in the nature of their messages, which in some cases (not all of course) can improve the quality of those messages. Hold on Lambert!

  229. Roder Says:

    Richard: You might have to go back up and read all the messages as well as other testimonies in other blogs and in Amazon.. Lambert does not only published PhDs and MSc, but also all sorts of dissertations, class essays, conference papers, talks… and even class notes. They offered me to publish the notes that I had made for a final year class… And, crucially, even those ‘books’ (ie: individually printed and binded pdfs with a isbn) that are the product of a postgraduate research work do not even need to have received a pass grade to be published, there is no reason why you could not publish a failed MA essay with them. And if I want to read someone’s PhD I could check it online or order a copy from a university library rather than pay an inflated price to buy a printout from some shady ‘publisher’.

    See this review for instance, of a book priced at 42 GBP which is in fact the print out of a final year dissertation available for free at the University website:

    Do you seriously believe that this is not a scam?

  230. Reuben, O. Says:

    All these mud slinging are absolutely unnecessary. Lambert Publishers never forced anyone to publish with them. Publications are based on some terms and conditions which is subject to the authors acceptance. I also strongly believe that they give consideration to the quality and marketability of manuscripts before they are accepted for publication and that is why they are in business. The books are not only sold in Amazon.com but also in so many internet bookshops all over the world. So why call such a venture a scam? They emphasis ab-initio that Royalties payment depends on the volume of sales and authors are encouraged to make their modest contributions towards the sales promotion. I am strongly convinced that this is not a scam but I can see a calculated attempt to destroy the image of the Lambert Publishers and I don’t understand what the perpetrators of this evil stand to gain from it. I see this as anti-marketing and business destructive forces at work and this kind of destructive tendencies should be discouraged by all right thinking people. Lambert Publishers published my book which has been posted for sales in virtually all the countries in all the continents of the world. By so doing they have spread my name beyond the shores of my home country into all the continents of the world. Even if they don’t pay me much Royalties at the end of the day, I won’t be bordered about that or begin to rubbish them. My candid advise therefore is that just like every other human enterprise, if there are areas we feel that they are not doing very well, we can give them suggestions on how to improve upon them in order to serve us better. Please let us stop this unnecessary destructive campaign against them.

  231. Roder Says:

    1. all these mud slinging are absolutely unnecessary. Lambert Publishers never forced anyone to publish with them. Publications are based on some terms and conditions which is subject to the authors acceptance

    Yes, but what we question here is precisely those terms and conditions, which are exploitative and fraudulent.

    2. I also strongly believe that they give consideration to the quality and marketability of manuscripts before they are accepted for publication and that is why they are in business.

    They don’t. They send emails offering people to publish undergraduate essays, talks, and all sort of “acadmeic” texts. SOmetimes recipients of these emails are baffled because they are invited to publish stuff that they didn’t write (like courses they attenden, all because their name appeared in Google or a university database near a title of something acadmic). They fish manuscripts via spam email, how selective is that?

    3. The books are not only sold in Amazon.com but also in so many internet bookshops all over the world.

    Only one or two, and if you check the Amazon reviews you will come across loads of anger directed at them from customers.

    4. So why call such a venture a scam? They emphasis ab-initio that Royalties payment depends on the volume of sales and authors are encouraged to make their modest contributions towards the sales promotion.

    They sell self-publisshed, print on demand books at an average of 70-100 dollars. They know perfectly well that no one is going to buy those “books” apart from the author. The royalties they offer are irrelevent.

    5. I am strongly convinced that this is not a scam but I can see a calculated attempt to destroy the image of the Lambert Publishers and I don’t understand what the perpetrators of this evil stand to gain from it. I see this as anti-marketing and business destructive forces at work and this kind of destructive tendencies should be discouraged by all right thinking people.

    What do we gain? We are waringn people not to tie up their academic work to a shady “publisher” who will make money out of it while giving zero diffusion to the manuscript because at those prices most of those books will only exist as Amazon thumbnails. We are warning against a printing service that advertises itself as an academic publisher.

    6. Lambert Publishers published my book which has been posted for sales in virtually all the countries in all the continents of the world. By so doing they have spread my name beyond the shores of my home country into all the continents of the world. Even if they don’t pay me much Royalties at the end of the day, I won’t be bordered about that or begin to rubbish them. My candid advise therefore is that just like every other human enterprise, if there are areas we feel that they are not doing very well, we can give them suggestions on how to improve upon them in order to serve us better. Please let us stop this unnecessary destructive campaign against them.

    They don’t wabnt suggestions, they know perfectly well what they are doing. And this is not a “campaign”. Most of the information available on teh internet about them is negative.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VDM_Publishing#Criticism

  232. Joe Woods Says:

    Good morning reader,
    I’m finishing the final edit of my 5th novel and want to send the transcript to Lambert. Sounds like they are a reputable publisher, but as in all businesses there are some disgrundled customers.

    Thank you,

    Joe Woods


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