legitimate publishing offer?
Unsure_ Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago

#62 Oct 22, 2009
Hello Everyone - My husband got the same email. I checked the site, looks good but we're still skeptical.... we are now checking with our University for their opinion.
Carol New York

Newburgh, NY

#63 Nov 14, 2009
They contacted me about my dissertatin through my Chair at NYU I sent them a pdf and they asked for a bank account number (for the royalties) claim to not charge anything and to give authors a copy free. I suspect they want you to buy copies for your friends. My other concern is that they do not edit,(how high are their standards?, and although I wans't seeking publication right now,does this mean that I can't publish articles, etc. They gave me a short deadline to agree and I am concerned. I am not a professor but administrtor so it's not a tenure concern, but I had hoped to publish at least articles from my dissertation. Please advise.

South Africa

#64 Nov 26, 2009
yes, I did publish with them. Not the most reputable publshing house out there --- and they do not edit your document (so printing can take place with many errors) - but on the plus side... it does help get your our 'out there' and the staff are helpful. There are no costs to the author.
Dr T

Sydney, Australia

#65 Dec 14, 2009
I just got the email and have done a bit of investigating about VDM - what they do and how they do it. From a business perspective I think they are quite clever. They take a pdf of a dissertation and make a few copies to send to Amazon etc so they have a few to sell, and of course one to the author. They then only print further copies to order, so they have minimal overheads, and only incur printing costs when they have a sale. I have not yet seen the agreement but I suspect thet they retain the majority of the sale price 88% VDM/12% author (I think). So it is good business for them as they work on large volumes of titles.

If you are concerned about giving them your bank account details, set up a special account only for the receipt of your royalties, which I think are paid after June 30 each year.

From my own professional perspective, if I can market myself as an international published author, it adds to the credibility of my management consulting business, even if I get only a few $ in sales commissions.

Each of us who have been approached has a different motivation, but remember that you only have one reputation, so use this as part of your decision process whether to proceed with VDM or not.

I am still undecided, I have asked for more info from them.

Baltimore, MD

#66 Jan 11, 2010
I just got an e-mail from the same group saying that they came across my thesis at my university's library. I haven't finished my thesis yet so it's definitely not stored in our library. I think they came across my thesis title on my student profile. Definitely not legit.
me too

Radford, VA

#67 Jan 16, 2010
ladyK wrote:
I just got an e-mail from the same group saying that they came across my thesis at my university's library. I haven't finished my thesis yet so it's definitely not stored in our library. I think they came across my thesis title on my student profile. Definitely not legit.
My thesis was "referenced" while they were "doing a research" (their words), but they named my work by its title. They obviously haven't read the work because it is creative, not scientific. I'm not worried about the organization itself, but I don't want to put a lot of time into a revision only to find out they should have read the thing first... if it's not what they want, they should know that first, right?

Syracuse, NY

#68 Feb 3, 2010
I received an e-mail today with my dissertation title. One of my more experienced academic friends does not recommend to publish with them, since she found some bad fudgy reputation reviews online.

Wilmette, IL

#69 Feb 5, 2010
I got the same e-mail. This is a quote on how they identified my work:

we came across a reference to your thesis on "".

Since double quotation marks can mean just about anything, I think I'll use the delete button.

New York, NY

#70 Feb 10, 2010
Just say not to print on demand...you want a legitimate publisher, not something like VDM.

Rochester, NY

#71 Mar 5, 2010
Just a heads us to those of you considering publishing with this group. Regardless of whether it is legitimate or not, you need to look into the copyright agreement you may have signed (or inadvertently agreed to when you submitted your thesis to your school). Furthermore, many Masters/PhD candidates will include some of their research in a dissertation that has been published in a legitimate journal, and this information can also not be published by VDM. For these reasons, it is my understanding that most dissertations cannot be re-published by this group legally.
Getting your work published means very little to those in the academic community if it is at a non-peer-reviewed publishing house that blankets the industry with these invitations.

Alexandria, Australia

#72 Apr 1, 2010
hi there, this is definitely a scam. I have never published anything, and I received this email . Besides that, the topic they claim they found my work upon is not what I study. SCAM.

Wilder, VT

#73 Apr 16, 2010
Hello, I am a visual artist and just received an email from VDM requesting to publish my graduate thesis. The email stated that they had been doing research in the library of the school I attended, and they had the full title of my thesis... A few years ago, the paper was available on my blog, but I have since set privacy setting that require a password to read it. I am wondering how they would have been able to read my thesis without visiting the school library, as that is the only place [that I know of] where it is available to the public. Any thoughts?

Along with the rest of you, I would love to hear from someone who has worked with these people. Thanks.

Smithton, IL

#74 Apr 26, 2010
I'm a visual artist too, and received an email as well about my thesis...which is certainly not scientific at all. I've been googling for some opinions on VDM and trying to figure out if this is all worth it or not.
seems like these folks have good things to say, but most of the feedback I was reading about was that it wasn't really worth it, that the royalties are small and they don't even edit before they publish. In fact, one of the generic response emails that they sent me included this typo...which makes me worry a bit...
'Thus, we would be interested in publishig your work as a whole.
VDM books are distributed by global wholesalers worldwide.'
I'm very hesitant at this point to continue with this process.
harisul hoque

Chittagong, Bangladesh

#75 Apr 30, 2010
thank u VDM as because my works may remain unnoticed for ever .


#76 May 18, 2010
Seattle WA wrote:
I got the same email - supposedly wanting to publish a book from my dissertation. It seems pretty suspicious to me...
vdm publishing house is real and they do a good job. They published my thesis and sent me a copy of my book. Their editors and publishing team are very cooperative and helpful. They take you through the book project process by answering all questions that you may have in good. It is not a scam but real.
VDM fan

Hobart, Australia

#77 Sep 27, 2010
Hey all you conspirary theorists - who lets the world know their thesis wasn't accepted for publication? VDM are a legitimate German publishing company specialising in academic works and they do a thoroughly professional job. I was very happy to publish my thesis as a book but I guess I already knew it was publishable because it won a national prize. But I still accepetd eth responsibilty to thoroughly checked my manuscript for errors (lol, I found one!) or needed up-dates. If your thesis is lame and full of mistakes then you are lucky you passed and you certainly shouldn't be dreaming about getting it published.

Axum, Ethiopia

#78 Oct 1, 2010
I know a friend who published recently his PhD thesis. they should be legit. but wonder if they have same credibility with others. not every publishing house is the same, so i am going for it.

Hilton, NY

#79 Nov 1, 2010
curiouswriter wrote:
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
--I would not trust any offer that is sent via email. a legitimate offer always comes in the mail.

Hilton, NY

#80 Nov 1, 2010
I would not trust any offer that is sent via email. A legitimate offer is sent via the US Postal Service.
Thomas Meyer

Friedrichshafen, Germany

#81 Feb 6, 2011
I consider it dubios that the author doesn't earn royalties with each sale of his text. At VDM you only get coupons for VDM books if the sales volume of your text is low. There are other publishing houses that pay royalties starting with the first sale of your book - that sounds much more legitimate (e.g. http://www.grin.com GRIN Publishing).

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