I’d love to, but no.

Dear Anton Findlay Angelo,

Are you the author of work entitled « Who visits academic institutional repositories and why? »?
It was apparently written at the Victoria University of Wellington in 2014.

I’m Robert Wilson 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.

Anton Findlay Angelo, would you agree to receive more information in an electronic brochure?

Thank you in advance.

Robert Wilson
Acquisition Editor

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Ooh. They want to publish me. How Nice! I know my genius has been generally under-appreciated (especially by my idiot supervisor and markers), but finally someone has realised my ideas are forward thinking and generally gold-plated.  Hooray!

Oh, hold on.  “our services are free to authors”.  Huh.  This is a book, surely there are royalties involved.  In fact, the more I think about this, it sounds a bit fishy.  I mean, of course my work is worth disseminating, written in words a foot high on the walls of the university I went to, as well as written on grains of rice, for all to admire, but it doesn’t sound quite kosher.  Lets have an investigate…

LAP Publishing   The Publisher   Who are weTheir website looks nice.  All corporate stripy and modern and flat.  That girl has nice eyes.  I wonder if she would be my editor.  Hmm.

They are not on Beall’s list I notice, and that’s because Beall thinks they are not an open access publisher.  He points to a blog post that insinuates that the company is just picking up free content to add to their list, to publish on demand if they get an order from Amazon. That sounds a lot like the Proquest model for selling dissertations they pick up for free.

Oh well, I suppose I won’t hand over my hard earned IP just so someone else can make money out of it.  Now, lets see if I can write a paper for an Elsevier journal…



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