Sunday, June 6, 2010

Academic Spam

I received the following rather impressive email today on my institute mailbox. On googling a bit about "Lambert Academic Publishing", I discovered that it's actually an academic spam. See this for more information:

So be careful and don't pay heed to such imposters.
Dear Lalit Patnaik,

I am writing on behalf of an international publishing house, Lambert Academic Publishing.

In the course of a research on the Indian Institute of Science, I came across a reference to your thesis on "An Investigation into Even Harmonic Injection in Pole Voltages of a Single-Phase Inverter". We are a international publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience. LAP would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.

Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment will be greatly appreciated.

I am looking forward to hearing from you, Kind regards,

Cristina Caus
Acquisition Editor

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG Saarbrücken Dudweiler Landstraße 99, 66123 Saarbrücken Germany

Fon +49 681 3720-310
Fax +49 681 3720-3109 /

Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752 Partner with unlimited liability:
VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft

Board of Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Müller (CEO), Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk
Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Johannes G. Bischoff (Chairman), RA Thomas Bischoff, RA André Gottschalk
What's impressive is that they got my name, institute and paper title right. But I certainly haven't written a thesis with that title! And that's the telltale clue.


  1. What's the diff bet'n a paper and a thesis, may I ask?

  2. @ indisch
    I don't think I've ever tried to define these terms before. But let me make an honest attempt here.

    A research paper reports a scientific/technological finding in say 6-10 pages in a conference or peer-reviewed journal. A thesis is what a student submits at the end of his research degree (M.Sc or PhD) putting together all the findings and results of his research over years in detail - that can easily run into hundreds of pages.

  3. Interesting to know that spam covers a wide range of subjects. In a way, it is fun to read spam emails for thier fanciful motivation which advisor doesn't give -- luckydraw, treasure of 100 million USDs, now a publication, wow!

  4. @ Anonymous
    True that spams can be amusing. But in the end, paying heed to them is just a waste of time and effort.