And most of them are what Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware has dubbed ‘author mills.’ For a short description of what an author mill is, see this entry on Wikipedia. If you didn’t have time to read through those pages, let me sum it up for you: VDM Verlag, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, and whatever they happen to be calling themselves today are publishing houses that publish on demand. Well, let’s say you’ve written something (like, for instance, your dissertation) that no publisher in his right mind would want to turn into a book and market. The solution is simple — trot on over to VDM/LAP/whatever and ask them to publish it.
Authors should note that VDM/Lambert Academic Publishing requests exclusive distribution rights for versions that they publish. (2009) Software Product Lines: A Process Assessment Methodology, A Practitioner’s Approach, VDM Verlag, Pages: 284, ISBN: 978-3-639-11908-4.
Then I noticed a few more — at the American University of Sharjah, KUSTAR, the Petroleum Institute, and the University of Sharjah.
In most of the eighteen cases presented below, the VDM/LAP “book” is the only book publication these faculty have to show for themselves (one of them even has two – TWO! Not only does this show something less than real scholarly achievement, but if the following faculty (and their program chairs/deans/provosts/etc.) truly believe that these publications are meaningfully different than the Ph. that got them a job in the first place, it shows more than a little naïveté. Making strategic decisions: A state of the art review and empirical evidence from a cultural perspective.
Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Jürgen Gerber, Esther von Krosigk Supervisory Board: Prof. In the course of a research on the University of California, I came across a reference to your thesis on “The Games Fairies Play: Otherworld Intruders in Medieval English and Celtic Literary Narrative”.
We are an international publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.Why have I spent all this time going on about VDM/LAP? Simply because I noticed a few of them popped up on the publication lists of faculty members at UAEU. While this sounds flattering, there is no real advantage to taking up the offer.Googling Lambert Academic Publishing will bring up a number of websites describing Lambert’s business model, which does not provide the author wider distribution of the work, royalties, or enhancement of their CV. Actually, you don’t even have to do the work of seeking these cats out — their cold-calling techniques are finely honed: if you’ve written a dissertation (even a crappy one that barely passed), it’ll be on file with UMI. April , , a book based on [Dr Peter Compton’s] doctoral dissertation, was published by Verlag Dr Müller, Saarbrucken.” And they’ll pay you some royalties at some point, but more likely not (Strauss, 2009). American Univerisity of Sharjah: Book: Munir Majdalawieh, “Security Framework for Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System” Published by VDM Verlag ISBN 978-3-8364-7056-8, September 2008. If someone actually orders it, they’ll run off a copy and ship it out. (2009) Software Product Lines: A Process Assessment Methodology, VDM Verlag, 2009, ISBN 978-3-639-11908-4. Retrieved () from University of Massachusetts Amherst. You sign over the rights, they print a few copies for you to give to your mum and dad, and then they list it on with a price tag of a hundred dollars or so. So while I would be supremely embarrassed walking into my western tenure review with a single book . Cologne, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. Because, after all, this is Academics in the Desert.