legitimate publishing offer?

Cape Town, South Africa

#21 Sep 4, 2008
I also rereceived the e-mail earlier today. I have had a look at the website, looks legit to me. I am already a publsihed author, thus I am familiar with the publishing process. I have requested more information from them. After receiving and reading the info they send I will decide what to do.

Wooster, OH

#22 Oct 20, 2008
I also got this email request today. The only concern I have now is that they require the bank account number to deposit the annual fee. Even it is for deposit, I am not quite certain on it. How did you guys deal with this? Thanks.

Wooster, OH

#23 Oct 20, 2008
I have another concern here. If most chapters of my Ph.D. thesis have been published in peer-reviewed journals, can I still do this book publication? I think all journals require the transfer of copyrights of the papers to them. So, in this case, is copyright a problem? Thanks!
johan niklasson

Campbell, CA

#24 Nov 26, 2008
I got one to. I live in the US now but they found my thesis via the Swedish University I was attending. I am curious to see if we are all working in the same field. I am in Landscape Planning and have written a thesis on Horticultural Therapy for the homeless population. What about the rest of you?

Lewistown, PA

#25 Dec 5, 2008
wondering wrote:
I also got the same email.
Not sure if you've seen this, but I found their website...
Did you publish through them? I, too, just received an email from them (DECEMBER 5, 2008).

Alexandria, VA

#26 Jan 8, 2009
I just received the same email. Does anyone have more information?

Barranquilla, Colombia

#27 Jan 30, 2009
Got the email... what is weird is that they got my current email as a professor back home in Colombia, which did not appear in my uni´s data base in Uk where I graduated... I would really appreciate if some one can tell me if they have actually GOT in touch with them or gone through with the publicationprocess!
Esther von Krosigk-VDM

Moka, Mauritius

#29 Feb 11, 2009
Hi, there are some people in this Forum who seem to have doubts about the legality of VDM. In fact, VDM ist member of "Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels" (German's publisher's association), and is located in Saarbrücken. Our homepage is no fake and our staff is "real".
VDM does indeed actively contact potential authors – which is something other publishing houses hardly ever do. The reason for this is that we are continuously identifying scientific work developing from the multiplicity of universities and colleges of further education due to their suitability for publication, quality and practical orientation. In this way we would like to quickly convey the latest scientific knowledge and also meet the demand from the respective specialized public. We can only really judge the quality of the requested manuscripts after we have appraised them.
We do not find anything “wrong” with this approach unless the author has a problem in principle in being contacted.
Norva Lo

Bentleigh, Australia

#30 Feb 18, 2009
Hi Esther von Krosigk-VDM,

I got an email invitation from you.
80% of my PhD thesis has been published as separate articles.
Are you still interested in publishing my PhD thesis?

Can you also tell me about how many books you sell a year via your print-to-order system worldwide?

Kihei, HI

#31 Feb 22, 2009
VDM Verlag Dr. Muller is essentially a vanity press. Only instead of making money from the authors themselves, VDM Verlag makes money from the friends and family of the authors who buy the overpriced books. Their modus operandi is to approach graduate students and offer to publish their theses. There is no editing to speak of so the thesis is published as is. They use LSI to bind it and then slap on one of their set covers and put it for sale for a large amount -$76 is about average - in order to recoup all their printing costs. Other services that a legitimate press offers that they won't - editing, marketing, publicity, and cover art. They are not in the business of selling books to anyone but the authors and the friends of the authors They DO pay a royalty to writers but it's about $1 a book after the first 3 initial purchases. And since the maximum amount of books sold in this manner is 10, it doesn't justify the publication. Furthermore, the amount of respect garnered by publication in a VDM Verlag manner is nil at best. Most academics know that it's a scam and will look up CV's with VDM Verlag "credits" with understandable suspicion.

Green Bank, WV

#32 Mar 12, 2009
I have just received this offer to publish my thesis. Has anybody gone through with it or heard of anybody who has actually published with them?
Please let us know....

Annapolis, MD

#33 Apr 3, 2009
Same story here. I received an email from the company asking to publish my thesis... No clue on whether they are legit.

Istanbul, Turkey

#34 Apr 3, 2009
I received a message at my facebook inbox from an acquisition editor representing VDM. At first, I was surprised and I felt happy since my advisor also thought high of my thesis. Then, I contacted my advisor and other people in the academia who suggested to be sceptic about the whole thing. And then, I did some research on the net about the publisher and after what I've read on forums I am concidering not to do it. It seems that VDM would publish practically everything and having your thesis published by such a publisher could do harm to your academic career, if you are planning to have one...

“Not enough comets”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#35 Apr 4, 2009
Sounds a lot like Vantage Press. Vantage wasn't exactly a fraud but publishing is not the same as printing, and vanity publishers are really just keeping their presses rolling. If your material is worth publishing, it's worth distributing. That's what a publisher does and what a printer doesn't do.

Göttingen, Germany

#36 Apr 4, 2009

most of our authors are highly contend with the way of publication. Please see the recent comment of a VDM-author:

"I wish to express deep appreciation to VDM Verlag for transforming my dissertation into a beautiful book entitled, Renewing the Community and Fashioning the Individual: A Study of Traditional Communal Reconciliation Among the Igbo. I was delighted when I received the complimentary copy from you. It was of high quality and I never expected anything better. The professional way we communicated through the net is unprecedented. Again, it was good to see the advertisement of my book in the websites of the major booksellers all over the world. Thanks for helping me achieve this great publishing success."

Regards, E. v. Krosigk (VDM)

Göttingen, Germany

#37 Apr 4, 2009
Hello to Norva Lo, I'm in charge for PR at VDM publishing house and I do never send mails to potential authors. If you are interested to publish your thesis please send it to: [email protected]

Regards, E.v.Krosigk

Urrbrae, Australia

#38 Apr 8, 2009
Just got an offer from them. Has anyone followed through with the process? What was the process like? what was the outcome?

Ramat Gan, Israel

#39 Apr 17, 2009
I received this email too, offering to publish my dissertation. do you or others have any further information about it?
Me too wrote:
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
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...

Houston, TX

#40 Apr 23, 2009
I got the same message about publishing my diss. I've read the posts and I still don't have a good idea about how legit they are. Should I skip it?
Anonymous Commenter

Rosemead, CA

#41 Apr 27, 2009
What I don't understand is that VDM Publishing contacted me about publishing my Poetry, and yet they specialize in Scientific Works. Is there anybody here who has published literary works with VDM?

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