Thanks for your reply. I am very skeptical as well. It doesn't smell
right to me either. I'm a huge skeptic, and if something sounds too
good to be true, then it's immediately suspect in my mind. A
reputable publisher would not spam thesis and dissertation authors
telling them they want to publish their work. It looks like they are
just out to make a quick buck by playing off grad students' need to
publish. I put up a word of warning to our students advising them to
choose a peer reviewed publisher from their field instead.
(Cribbed from John Hagen:
Quoting "Greenberg, Charles" <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi, Meghan-
> You sent this during my vacation, so I can't remember if I replied.
> This is just my opinion, but I am very skeptical. I blogged about
> a current crop of questionable open access publishers, after reading
> a skeptical Charleston Review about them. One tipoff is the lack of
> a real staff person to contact. Another is the "How to become an
> author" enticement. I looked at the barnes and noble list they
> have, and everything is priced at mainstream college textbook
> prices. How many copies will sell? IMHO, not many. Perhaps this
> company then takes the leftovers and sells them at deep flea market
> discounts (or even as remainders to B&N), once the author fades...
> It does not smell right.
> Here's my blog post. I have a link to the Charleston Review
> article, which is in their open access collection.
> Feel free to disagree, but in hard economic times, people want to
> believe that they can become an author....
> If a person wants to distribute their thesis to earn a status,
> putting a price tag is a real barrier to being discovered.
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> Subject: Does anyone know anything about Lambert Publishing from Germany?
> Does anyone know anything about a publisher called Lambert Academic
> Publishing from Germany?
> Apparently, they are contacting grad students saying they want to
> publish their theses and dissertations. Does anyone know if they are
> legit or not? Do anyone know anything about them?
> I need to advise one of grad students who was solicited by them. It
> looks like they are selling the theses and dissertations through
> Amazon and other large online book selling sites.
> Meghan Banach
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