A friend urged me to post the following email he recently received from a company called Lambert Academic Publishing to serve as a public service announcement reminding us all that sometimes in life when something seems to good to be true, it probably doesn’t hurt to cast some doubt and proceed with a little caution.
After the initial excitement of thinking someone actually wanted to publish his dissertation wore off, my friend went into skeptic mode and started doing some research on Lambert Academic Publishing.
He was surprised to find that Lambert does have a website, and it seemed like a legitimate publishing company, until he came across this blog entry, warning readers to be aware of academic spam and Lambert’s business model.
So for all you academics who have completed the defense on your thesis, should you be approached by Lambert about publishing your dissertation, you may want to read Mr. Collins’s entries first before allowing Lambert to publish anything for you.
Here is the email its full entirety with personal information removed so as to protect my friend’s privacy:
I am writing on behalf of the International publishing house, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
In the course of a research on the [redacted school name], I came across a reference to your thesis on “[redacted dissertation name]”.
We are an International publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
LAP would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.
Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment
will be greatly appreciated.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards/Freundliche Grüße
Ms. Elena Alexei
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG