There are a number of enterprises that actively approach students with unsolicited offers. They are known as ‘vanity publishers.’ Students are usually asked whether they would like to publish their thesis in print form, with the publisher concerned ultimately aiming to benefit financially from this. These publishers actively approach Maastricht University students.
The University Library emphatically advises students not to work with these publishers; publishing with such companies never brings any added value. Always check a publisher’s reputation and carefully check the conditions of any agreement.
The most important vanity publisher is Omniscriptum, which operates under a number of names or imprints, including Scholars’ Press and LAP Lambert. The latter is especially active and sends many UM students soliciting emails, such as the one below.
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