Monday, September 15, 2014

Lambert Academic publishers is a scam

I've just received an email from company "Lambert Academic Publishing," a daughter company of the VDM group.

After making a reference to a conference abstract of mine which appears on a university website, the email continues:
As an international publisher whose aim is to disseminate research to a global audience, we would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation (or a recent scientific monograph) in paperback form.
I would greatly appreciate if you could confirm your interest in receiving a brochure with details about our services.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards/Freundliche Grüße

Ilie Tsilea
Acquisition Editor

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

Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8,
66121, Saarbrücken, Germany
This email and the company behind it is a scam — not exactly in the sense that the company doesn't exist, but in the sense that it applies aggressive and misleading sales tactics to feed off the insecurity and publication pressure of the academic world. If you receive an email from them (probably one that will be eerily reminiscent of the one quoted above), I recommend that you don't reply.

A number of other people have already written about the company, so I'll let them explain:
I'm sure there are more cautionary tales out there, but these should do.

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