In this and all other cases, be sure you are satisfied that the advantages of publishing, such as visibility and recognition for your work, outweigh any loss of control over the content.If you publish with Lambert, your thesis will be published without editing and with virtually no format change from the final version approved by the University.
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.
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.
In fact, the company has a gaggle of “acquisition editors” who search the web all day and night and then send spam emails to their unlucky targets who have recently completed a dissertation.
LAP is an imprint of VDM Publishing, which is headquartered in Saarbrücken, Germany.
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.