I received the following email today.
Dear Zummo Paul [evidently Germans are unaware of American naming conventions],
While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of The Catholic University of America [This really raised my suspicions. Who researches at CUA's library?], I came across a reference to a work entitled “Thomas Jeffersons America Democracy progress and the quest for perfection”.
LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication of theses and dissertations.
I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.
Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to hearing back from you.
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
I was excited for approximately .5 seconds, but my brain began its normal functioning and I immediately suspected that this was probably a hoax of some kind. A little digging around the internet confirms that this is most likely a scam. They do have a legitimate looking website, but that actually only confirmed my suspicions. Here’s a bit from their FAQ section.
Will my manuscript be edited by LAP?
Since the manuscripts we accept are already of a high standard, we tend not to edit works. Proofreading is not performed as it would not be financeable.
Oh you mean I don’t have to worry about all those tedious things like editing to meet academic standards, or getting it approved by a committee? Sign me up!
Oh, and there’s that whole handing over my bank account information – you know, for the royalties.
Well, as much as such scamming should not be encouraged, I have to admit this is a pretty good one. Dissertation writers, after spending multiple years slavishly working on their dissertations, are not exactly eager to jump right back in the saddle to spend another year or probably more editing the manuscript for publication. This scam preys upon the academically lazy – in other words, pretty much all dissertation writers approximately a year removed from finishing the doctoral process.