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|Founder(s)||Dr Wolfgang Philipp Müller|
|Key people||Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller |
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Omniscriptum Publishing Group, formerly known as VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, is a German publishing group headquartered in Riga, Latvia, with offices in Latvia, Mauritius, and Moldova. Founded back in 2002, it has expanded into publishing academic research and special interest titles in English, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Polish and other languages, with its book catalog exceeding 300,000 titles. Its book production is based on print on demand technology, printing the title closest to the customer and avoiding stock keeping, as well as taking into account the impact on the environment, as publishing offset has a significant effect on climate change and deforestation.
It has been criticized as a vanity press which does "not apply the basic standards of academic publishing such as peer-review, editorial or proof-reading processes."
OmniScriptum's imprints—in total more than 40, all listed on their website —specialize in publishing and selling theses, research notes, and dissertations in printed form via print on demand, in e-commerce bookstores.
In 2011 OmniScriptum started its affiliate online-bookshop, morebooks.shop.
Omniscriptum's publishing methods have been questioned for the soliciting of manuscripts from individuals, and for providing authors with the appearance of a peer-reviewed publishing history. Omniscriptum responds that it is a valuable, quality resource, that the company has no problem asking authors for content, that buyers are informed of where information comes from, that books are a convenient form to collect articles about interesting subjects, and that its customers are satisfied with Omniscriptum's products. Peer review in academic publishing itself is often criticised. Richard Smith, MD, former editor of British Medical Journal has claimed that peer review is ''is ineffective, largely a lottery, anti-innovatory, slow, expensive, wasteful of scientific time, inefficient, easily abused, prone to bias, unable to detect fraud and irrelevant; Many journals take months and even years to publish and the process wastes researchers’ time. As for the cost, the Research Information Network estimated the global cost of peer review at £1.9 billion in 2008.''
In addition, Australia's Innovative Research Universities group (a coalition of seven comprehensive universities committed to inclusive excellence in teaching, learning and research in Australia) has found that peer review disadvantages researchers in their early careers, when they rely on competitive grants to cover their salaries and when unsuccessful funding applications “often mark the end of a research idea”.
- 1 History
- 2 Products and services
- 3 Prominent authors
- 4 Omniscriptum Publishing Group
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The first publishing house of the group was founded in Düsseldorf in 2002 by Wolfgang Philipp Müller, and transferred to Saarbrücken in August 2005. The Mauritian office was established in April 2007 and was managed from 2008 up until May 2011 by David Benoit Novel, followed by Reezwan Ghanty.
Products and services
Omniscriptum specializes in German, Russian, Spanish, French, and English dissertations, theses, and research projects. Its services are free to authors. Its business model involves a team of acquisitions editors, who search the Internet for academic authors and invite them by e-mail for their manuscripts. Editorial team sends emails to people who have written a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation and whose college library has a web-accessible catalog.
In April 2010 Omniscriptum founded an imprint devoted to religion, spirituality, and Christian theology: Fromm Verlag. In October 2010 Dictus Publishing was launched to publish political texts related to the European Union.
As of October 2018, there were more than 700 JustFiction! titles listed on Amazon.com.
During its activity, the company has worked with many print agencies, such as Alphascript Publishing (created in April 2009), Betascript Publishing (created in January 2010), Fastbook Publishing (created in July 2009), and Doyen Verlag (created in April 2010), who have published books based on online materials. Alphascript lists amazon.de, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, knv.de, libri.de, schaltungsdienst.de, bod.de, VSG, ingrambook.com, umbreit.de, reha Marketing, smartprofessionals.de, xing.de, lightningsource.com, and bischoffundpartner.de as business partners. These books have been purchased by German libraries at the request of their patrons, and by Flemish libraries.
These titles are published as edited by Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster who are also listed as authors. As of 21 December 2011[update] 180,818 titles were listed on the OMS bookshop. Betascript lists Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Marseken, Mariam T. Tennoe, and Susan F. Henssonow as editors, giving an additional 356,765 titles as of 21 December 2011[update].
Regarding its publishing strategies, Alphascript asserts that: "There is hardly another platform for quick and better processing of information than Wikipedia" for customers "who want to be informed on a specific subject" in book form, though they can "have online everything free of charge".
In response to an interview question about whether some Alphascript’s books are based on Wikipedia information, Alphascript responded, "Yes, since we believe that the quality of the Wikipedia-articles is so good that it is worthwhile creating books with them. Wikipedia themselves give an impulse for this. The articles published on their sites are free in every respect and without any limitations as to further use. All authors participating in texts of Wikipedia know this or should at least know it." In response to whether this should be made clear in the product description, Alphascript responded, "It is pointed out in every Alphascript book that contents are Wikipedia articles. Do we now have to write in Amazon-books: “Attention! Books contains Wikipedia!”? Then other publishing houses would have to point out in their books: “Attention! Book contains nonsense!”, or: “Attention! Book has only sex-scenario!”
Omniscriptum has edited 22,000 works.
As of 2013 onwards, OmniScriptum does not publish any online content, focusing solely on original academic or special interest authors.
Omniscriptum can produce a new book in six weeks: two weeks for the cover and four weeks for production. There is no cost to the author, who receives one free e-copy of the book. The company does not offer proofreading or linguistic correction in order to limit costs. The author is responsible for the content-related and linguistic quality of the work.
In 2010 the publishing house claimed to publish more than 10,000 new titles annually and thus to be "one of the leading publishing houses of academic research". In 2011 Omniscriptum as a whole claimed to release 50,000 new book titles per month and to be the largest book publisher in the world.
Omniscriptum's business practices have been questioned for profiting by the sale of unacclaimed works and for insufficiently disclosing that content is available elsewhere. In November 2009 an article in the Swiss newspaper Berner Zeitung described Omniscriptum's practices as questionable. The paper faulted Omniscriptum for not disclosing that the books it was publishing were academic dissertations, for publishing works that received a passing grade, and for charging high prices. American writer Victoria Strauss characterized OMS as "an academic author mill", while Pagan Kennedy notes that OMS's practices are comparable to a form of kudzu weed proliferation in book publishing.
In January 2011 German professor Debora Weber-Wulff, in Copy, Shake, and Paste (a blog about plagiarism and scientific misconduct), referred to OMS as a spam publisher, which has been further confirmed in a blog post at Guide2Research.
Weber-Wulff recounted the experience of a former student who was contacted by OMS, in an attempt to publish the student's bachelor's thesis. In a 2009 interview published on the OMS website, CEO Wolfgang Philipp Müller, explained the aggressive reputation of Omniscriptum Publishing: "We make an approach to our authors offering to publish their work. That's not good manners in the distinguished publishing sector. On the other hand, our customers are totally satisfied with our publishing service.”
- Andres Tarand, former Prime Minister of Estonia and member of the European Parliament
- Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, published a title ''The Baltic road to freedom - Iceland's role'' in 2017.
- Nicholas Rescher, recipient of the Humboldt Prize and Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy.
- Kamilia Lahrichi, award-winning journalist who reported from 20 countries across the Arab world, Latin America and Hong Kong; worked for prominent news outlets, such as AP, Thomson Reuters, CNN and Al Jazeera.
- Alfonso de Salas, Head of Secretariat of the Human rights intergovernmental cooperation Division at European Council.
- Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Maria Ammon, President of the German Academy of Psychoanalysis
- Dan Michael Psatta, former President of the Romanian society of Clinical Neurophysiology
- Elías Hurtado Hoyo, Presidente Asociación Médica Argentina (1998-2015); Presidente de Honor 2015 a la fecha; Presidente Electo del Rotary Club Buenos Aires en su Centenario (2019-2020).  
- Patrick Durantou, French Honorary Ambassador, laureate of Global Dialogue Prize 
- Maria Ammon, Well-known psychologist, President of German Academy of Psychology
- Alina Cyranek, film director 
- Jack Feuillet, maître-Assistant de Linguistique allemande à l'Université de Nantes (1970-78), puis Professeur de Bulgare à l'INALCO (Paris) de 1978 à 2008
Omniscriptum Publishing Group
- Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG 
- Alphascript Publishing
- Betascript Publishing
- Editorial Académica Española 
- Edizioni Accademiche Italiane 
- Editions Universitaires Européennes 
- FastBook Publishing (2009, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius)
- GlobeEdit 
- Golden Light Academic Publishing 
- Lambert Academic Publishing 
- Lehrbuchverlag 
- Novas Edições Acadêmicas
- Noor Publishing 
- Presses Académiques Francophones 
- Palmarium Academic Publishing 
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- Editorial PUBLICIA 
- Scholars' Press Publishing 
- Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften 
- Saarbrücker Verlag für Rechtswissenschaften 
- Wydawnictwo Bezkresy Wiedzy 
Fiction and Novel
Novel Publishing Concepts
Family and Child Reading
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- Roditelskie Vstrechi 
Nature, Wellbeing, Way of Life
- Editiones Originum 
- Verlag Lebensreise 
- Doyen Verlag 
- Hadassa Word Press 
- Just a Life 
Politics and Current Events
Coaching and Training
- Al-ilm 
- Andakt Forlag 
- Blessed Hope Publishing 
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- Éditions Croix du Salut 
- Edizioni Sant’Antonio 
- Fromm Verlag 
- Sanktum Publishing 
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- Knigozal online book shop 
- MoreBooks! Publishing GmbH 
- Morebooks! The online bookshop 
- NicerBooks! Publishing GmbH 
- VDM Publishing House Ltd renamed International Book Market Service Ltd (2008, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius) in 2011
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