In July 2013, we had a question from an author of a WUSTL thesis in Open Scholarship Electronic Theses and Dissertations. She reported receiving a series of emails from LAP Lambert Academic Publishing offering to publish her thesis. The wording of the emails was almost identical to the quotes from this May 2013 blog post, The Lure of Lambert Academic Publishing. This is a tempting offer since many graduate students hope eventually to publish their work in book form with a publisher that will contribute to their scholarly reputation.
Scholarly publishing, peer review, and assessment of scholarship are changing areas. There may be reasons to use such a publisher, but there are clear reasons to look critically at such offers. You are already distributing your work with Open Scholarship without signing over your author rights to a publisher. Ask your mentors and do some research before you entrust your hard work to a publisher which may not further your scholarly goals.
- More info:
- Author Beware
- Lambert Academic Publishing: A Must to Avoid
- Lambert Academic Publishing (or how not to publish your thesis)
Thanks to Digital Gateway for the opportunity to write this guest post. Ruth Lewis, Scholarly Communications Coordinator, Washington University Libraries.