UPDATE June 8, 2010: A Representative from LAP responds to this post, requesting I change the title (which I obviously didn’t). See my new post were I give LAP a chance to defend their position (Academic Spam? Redux – Lambert Academic Publishers Responds)
So I recently got a form letter email asking me to publish my Thesis with Lambert Academic Publishing (Verlag). At first I though, “pure spam” and my finger was mere moments away from clicking delete, but then I was intrigued just long enough to do a little research.
Technically it’s not spam- this is a legitimate business, and they actually do publish your work. That said, there are just a few pitfalls I can see nevertheless! Typically when you publish, you lose your copyright on your words, so say goodbye to any future pubs out of that work. Also, the company wants your bank info to “deposit royalties”…sweet (can you say pay-pal?!).
This whole mess reminds me of one of those cheap furniture store, in whose commercials they scream some sort of anti-grammatical slew of repeated words at you to get you into their store. Think I’m kidding?:
Ah, the joys of the free market!
Here’s the form letter they sent if you’re interested (look for the typo):
Dear Frank L. Engel,
I am writing on behalf of the International publishing house, Lambert Academic Publishing.
In the course of a research on the Internet, I came across a reference to your work in the field of Geography.
We are an International publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
LAP Publishing would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.
Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment will be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to hear from you.
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG Saarbrücken Dudweiler Landstraße 99, 66123 Saarbrücken Germany
Fon +49 681 3720-310
Fax +49 681 3720-3109
Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752 Partner with unlimited liability:
VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft
Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber, Esther von Krosigk
Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk
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