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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Example email

From: Emma Jones <e.jones@lap-publishing.com>
Date: maandag 21 maart 2016
Subject: XXXXX’s work at the Maastricht University
To: XXXXX

Dear XXXXX,  

Are you the author of work entitled «XXXXXXXXXXXXXX»? It was apparently written at the Maastricht University in 2012. 

I’m Emma Jones from the editorial team of Lambert Academic Publishing. 

I believe this particular topic could be of interest to a wider audience and we would be glad to consider publishing it. We would be especially interested in publishing a complete academic work of yours (a thesis, a dissertation or a monograph) as a printed book. Our services are free of charge for authors. 

XXXXX, would you agree to receive more information in an electronic brochure? Thank you in advance.

Sincere regards,
Emma Jones
Acquisition Editor
e: e.jones@lap-publishing.com   

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