I just received this odd message on Facebook and, apparently, many others have as well
Subject: Adaptive laser range scanning using quality metrics
While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of Carleton University , I came across a reference to a work entitled Adaptive laser range scanning using quality metrics .
LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication
of theses and dissertations.
I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us
towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.
Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with
further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Acquisition Editor Team Leader
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Yes, this is the title of my dissertation, but 1) it is already published as, well, a doctoral dissertation, and 2) parts have also been published in the Journal of Electronic Imaging.
LAP publishing appears to exist
(or at least has a web page and domain, which does not itself guarantee their existence) and even have a truly impressive number of titles listed on Amazon
, Barnes and Noble
, and Blackwell Publishing
(with whom I've worked in the past
.) The question, of course, that comes to mind is why they are sending messages to graduate students offering to publish their masters or doctoral thesis free-of-charge? The whole things smells of a scam, so I'm leaving this well alone (other than the few minutes I've spent satisfying my curiosity.)