legitimate publishing offer?

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curiouswriter

Clemson, SC

#1 Jul 2, 2008
New here...but had a quick question. I just received an unsolicited email from a group called "VDM Verlag Dr. Müller AG & Co. KG." out of Germany offering to publish a book of mine.

Does anyone know if this publisher is legit or if there's a way I can do some homework on them?

Thanks in advance
singh

Saskatoon, Canada

#2 Jul 3, 2008
Hi curiouswriter, I got the same email too from same publishing company. Please post on this forum if you get any further on their search.

Thanks
wondering

Saskatoon, Canada

#3 Jul 3, 2008
I also got the same email.

Not sure if you've seen this, but I found their website...

http://www.vdm-publishing.com/index.php...
Another curious writer

Omaha, NE

#4 Jul 14, 2008
I too received an unsolicited for a manuscript I've published. Does anyone know if it's a good lead? I looked at the internet sight, and anyone can put together an internet website.
a little suspicious

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 17, 2008
I too just received this email. I'm rather doubting the legitimacy of it or believing that there's a hitch to it after seeing that they seem to have just been doing massive internet searches for manuscripts since July 1.
one more

Mexico, Mexico

#6 Jul 17, 2008
I too received the same email.

From their website one can link to Amazon (and other sites) and see their catalogue, which seems quite large. So it seems they are legitimate and are looking at doctoral dissertation databases in order to find new material. One wonders about their review process ... If anyone pursues this further can you keep us appraised of your findings?
Seattle WA

Denver, CO

#7 Jul 21, 2008
I got the same email - supposedly wanting to publish a book from my dissertation. It seems pretty suspicious to me...
Me too

Auburn, NE

#8 Jul 21, 2008
Count me in as receiving this email, unsolicited. I contacted a prof I trust about it and the following is her response:
I suspect the e-mail
you received was not a scam. I've heard of this
publisher (used to get regular catalogs from them
when I was the reviews ed. for JAMS). Since
they evidently found your university e-mail
address, it would not hurt to reply and get
more information from them. If they want *you*
to pay to publish it, forget about it! And it
goes without saying that they don't get any
additional personal info from you. But it may
well be that they are just interested in your
research, and who could complain about a book
publication! Good luck--do let me know what you
learn.
So perhaps I'll proceed to investigate, with caution and skepticism. I think my biggest concern would be giving away publishing rights I currently own. Not that anyone is beating down the door...
another

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jul 21, 2008
Just got the same ...
Add me too

Hamden, CT

#10 Jul 22, 2008
I received the same email solicitation (7/20)
yet again

San Fernando, Argentina

#11 Jul 22, 2008
It is a legitimate publishing house but if you are an academic on tenure-track, this house likely will not cut it at most universities, esp. research ones. In other words, I am an Assist. Professor and would not for the life of me publish my manuscript with these people. I would however possibly use this house to publish something only if my career were not at stake. In sum, tenure evalutation committees probably would view this house as inadequate, esp. as it comes from continental Europe (Brill excepted) where the editing process is in general though not always much less rigorous than in the US or UK.
oldfud

Rochester, MN

#12 Jul 24, 2008
I, too, received this same request. My advisor gives the same advice as above, "If they want you to pay, then don't go there." I am interested to see any responses any of you receive if you pursue this.
DR TLM

United States

#13 Jul 28, 2008
I have found the company website.

http://www.vdm-publishing.com/
I am reading it now. It looks to be legit. If not, they have taken a very long time to put together a good fake website.
Debashis Houston

Portland, OR

#14 Jul 28, 2008
I got the same offer today asking my email address for publishing my dissertation. But i dont see any publishing house in google with this name. Anyone can enlight about this?
George Nyombaire

East Lansing, MI

#15 Aug 5, 2008
I, too, received the same request but I'm still kind of iffy about replying these guys.
Reg

United States

#16 Aug 7, 2008
Received the invite too. Has anyone out there participated in this arrangement?
Falinda

Wyoming, MI

#17 Aug 19, 2008
I received the same invitation today and would love to hear from anyone who has actually taken them up on their offer.
Me as well Washington DC

Washington, DC

#18 Aug 20, 2008
Yet another unsolicited publishing offer....I doubt this is legitimate. We all know the protocol and processes for getting published....this is certainly not it
Heather

United States

#19 Aug 21, 2008
I have also just received this offer to publish my dissertation. Has anybody gone through with it or heard of anybody who has actually published with them?
browsing

UK

#20 Sep 3, 2008
Hi there - been researching it as I got the meail too - great thread, some posts by people who have pubished with them - sounds legit, but a publish-to-order commercial outfit without much academic credibility:

http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,4...

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