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Omniscriptum Publishing
OmniScriptum Logo.jpg
Available in English, German, Spanish, Russian, French
Founded 2002
Headquarters Saarbrücken
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Dr Wolfgang Philipp Müller
Key people Marta Lusena
CEOThorsten Ohm
former CEO[1]
Industry Publishing
Employees 70 (2007)[2][3]
Subsidiaries Publishing houses:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Palmarium Academic Publishing, Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, Verlag Classic Edition, EUE Editions Universitaires Européennes, Doyen Verlag, Fromm Verlag, Saarbrücker Verlag für Rechtswissenschaften,
Alphascript Publishing
Betascript Publishing
Fastbook Publishing

Service industries:
International Book Market Service Ltd. formerly named VDM Publishing House Ltd.
VDM Verlagservicegsellschaft mbH, VDM IT-Dienstleistungen, MoreBooks! Publishing GmbH, VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft[4]
Website omniscriptum.com

Omniscriptum Publishing Group is a German publishing group based in Saarbrücken, Germany, with offices in Argentina,[5] Latvia, Mauritius and Moldova.[3][4][6][7] Its book production is based on print on demand technology.

OmniScriptum's imprintsAlphascript, Betascript, Fastbook Publishing and Doyen Verlag— specialize in publishing and selling theses, research notes, and dissertations in printed form via print on demand, in e-commerce bookstores.[8] Alphascript distributes publications through several on-line book retailers.

Most of the books are printed by Amazon.com. As of November 2010, around 150,000 such titles have been produced. In June 2010, OMS started its own online-bookshop: MoreBooks! Publishing.[9][10]

Omniscriptum's publishing methods have been questioned for the soliciting of manuscripts from individuals, 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.[11] OmniScriptum is designated as non-scientific by the Norwegian Scientific Index.[12]

History[edit]

The first publishing house of the group was founded in Düsseldorf in 2002 by Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, and transferred to Saarbrücken in August 2005.[3] The Mauritian office was established in April 2007 and was managed from 2008 up until May 2011 by David Benoit Novel;[13][14] since June 2011, this office is directed by Reezwan Ghanty.[15]

In 2007, the group began distributing its publications through Lightning Source,[16] Amazon,[17] and the German company Books on Demand.[18][19]

Products and services[edit]

Omniscriptum specializes in German, Russian,[20] Spanish,[21] French and English dissertations, theses,and research projects.[22][23] 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.[24][25][26] OMS sends emails to people who have written a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation and whose college library has a web-accessible catalog.[27] According to the Michigan Tech Thesis and Dissertation FAQ:[28]

The Australian Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) determined that:

...[I]n order to be considered a commercial publisher for these purposes, companies must generally demonstrate a degree of editorial responsibility and financial risk in choosing to publish, as well as be responsible for the entire publishing process (including printing and distribution). For this reason, 'vanity presses', as well as companies specialising primarily in the publication of theses (such as VDM Verlag, and Lambert Academic Publishing - LAP) are NOT considered to meet the "commercial publisher" criteria.[29]

In April 2010, Omniscriptum founded an imprint devoted to religion, spirituality, and Christian theology: Fromm Verlag.[30] In October 2010, Dictus Publishing was launched to publish political texts related to the European Union.[31]

In 2011, the imprint JustFiction! (also spelled Just Fiction!) began publishing novels and short stories by new, unpublished authors.[32][33]

As of August 2011, there are two JustFiction! Kindle books listed on Amazon.com.[34]

Editorial policies[edit]

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. Omniscriptum, "tend[s] not to edit works" assuming manuscripts they accept "are already of a high standard". Proofreading is not performed to keep costs low.[35]

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".[22] In 2011, Omniscriptum, as a whole, claims to release 50,000 new book titles per month and to be the largest book publisher in the world.[36]

Business practices[edit]

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.[37] American writer Victoria Strauss characterized OMS as "an academic author mill",[38][39][40] while Pagan Kennedy notes that OMS's practices are comparable to a form of kudzu proliferation in book publishing.[41]

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.[42]

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.”[43]

Wikipedia content duplication[edit]

Alphascript and Betascript Publishing[edit]

During its activity, the company has worked with many print agencies, such as Alphascript Publishing (created in April 2009),[44] Betascript Publishing (created in January 2010), Fastbook Publishing (created in July 2009)[45] and Doyen Verlag (created in April 2010), who have published books based on online materials.[46] 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.[8] These books have been purchased by German libraries at the request of their patrons,[47] and by Flemish libraries.[48]

History of Ghana: a collection of Wikipedia articles published as a book

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, there are 180,818 titles listed on the OMS bookshop.[49] 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.[50]

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".[51][52][53]

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!”[54]

Omniscriptum's editors have distinguished themselves by a large number of works (22,000).[55]

Multiplication of imprint names[edit]

Imprint Editor names Year of creation Language Number of titles
in June 2011
Number of titles
in December 2011
Reference
Acu Publishing Evander Luther 2011 English, French 408 3651 [56]
Alphascript Publishing Frederic P. Miller
Agnes F. Vandome
John McBrewster
2009 English, French 176919 180707 [57]
Anim Publishing Norton Fausto Garfield 2011 English, French 433 3740 [58]
Aud Publishing Eldon A. Mainyu 2011 English, French 443 3829 [59]
Bellum Publishing Othniel Hermes 2011 English, French 419 3805 [60]
Betascript Publishing Lambert M. Surhone
Miriam T. Timpledon
Susan F. Marseken
Mariam T. Tennoe
Susan F. Henssonow
2010 English, French, German 319214 356765 [61]
Brev Publishing Germain Adriaan 2011 English, French 414 3720 [62]
Cede Publishing Barnabas Cristóbal 2011 English, French 481 3799 [63]
Cede Publishing Aaron Philippe Toll 2011 English, French 527 3801 [64]
Cel Publishing Iustinus Tim Avery 2011 English, French 393 3531 [65]
Chromo Publishing Adam Cornelius Bert 2011 English, French 383 3757 [66]
Chrono Press Pollux Évariste Kjeld 2011 English, French 457 3816 [67]
Civ Zheng Cirino 2011 English, French 434 3552 [68]
Claud Press Lóegaire Humphrey 2011 English, French 433 3631 [69]
Commun Stefanu Elias Aloysius 2011 English, French 421 2657 [70]
Cred Press Iosias Jody 2011 English, French 439 3908 [71]
Crypt Publishing Hardmod Carlyle Nicolao 2011 English, French 434 3659 [72]
Culp Press Nethanel Willy 2011 English, French 505 3757 [73]
Dicho Delmar Thomas C. Stawart 2011 English, French 396 3520 [74]
Dic Press Dismas Reinald Apostolis 2011 English, French 425 3694 [75]
Dict Knútr Benoit 2011 English, French 493 3878 [76]
Dign Press Kristen Nehemiah Horst 2011 English, French 391 3608 [77]
Doyen Verlag Miscellaneous names 2010 German 69 73 [78]
Duc Jordan Naoum 2011 English, French 415 3687 [79]
Duct Publishing Jerold Angelus 2011 English, French 443 3622 [80]
Equ Press Wade Anastasia Jere 2011 English, French 512 3886 [81]
FastBook Publishing Miscellaneous names 2009 English, French, German, Russian 1754 2784 [82]
Fec Publishing Columba Sara Evelyn 2011 English, French 467 3674 [83]
Fer Publishing Waylon Christian Terryn 2011 English, French 397 3664 [84]
Fidel Christabel Donatienne Ruby 2011 English, French 428 3747 [85]
Flu Press Gerd Numitor 2011 English, French 423 3616 [86]
Frac Press Harding Ozihel 2011 English, French 487 3633 [87]
Ject Press Carleton Olegario Máximo 2011 English, French 401 3582 [88]
JUNCT Emory Christer 2011 English, French 423 3768 [89]
Lect Publishing Nuadha Trev 2011 English, French 473 3778 [90]
Loc Publishing Timoteus Elmo 2011 English, French 386 3652 [91]
Log Press Terrence James Victorino 2011 English, French 464 3773 [92]
Miss Press Niek Yoan 2011 English, French 444 3673 [93]
Onym Press Aeron Charline 2011 English, German 0 679 [94]
Ord Publishing Agamemnon Maverick 2011 English, German 0 510 [95]
Part Press Ben Stacy Jerrik 2011 English, German 0 564 [96]
Patho Publishing Noelia Penelope Greer 2011 English, German 0 699 [97]
Phon Claus Matthias Benedict 2011 English, German 0 537 [98]
PlacPublishing Epimetheus Christer Hiram 2011 English, German 0 590 [99]
PlaisPublishing Jody Cletus 2011 English, German 0 680 [100]
PlicPress Janeka Ane Madisyn 2011 English, German 0 555 [101]
Plor Lennox Raphael Eyvindr 2011 English, German 0 651 [102]
Polic Theia Lucina Gerhild 2011 English, German 0 647 [103]
PON PRESS Loki Radoslav 2011 English, German 0 728 [104]
PopulPublishing Dewayne Rocky Aloysius 2011 English, German 0 650 [105]
PsychoPublishing Elwood Kuni Waldorm 2011 English, German 0 661 [106]
Rupt Saul Eadweard Helias 2011 English, German 0 554 [107]
SaluPress Klaas Apostol 2011 English, German 0 617 [108]
Salv Adélaïde Laurie Felicie 2011 English, German 0 607 [109]
Secut Press Jacob Aristotle 2011 English, German 0 554 [110]
Sent Publishing Mariam Chandra Gitta 2011 English, German 0 612 [111]
Serv Oscar Sundara 2011 English, German 0 616 [112]
Sess Press Blossom Meghan Jessalyn 2011 English, German 0 610 [113]
Solv Erwin Dee Kord 2011 English, German 0 705 [114]
Soph Press Noelene Aoide 2011 English, German 0 688 [115]
SpellPress Richie Krishna Fergus 2011 English, German 0 717 [116]
Spir Antigone Fernande 2011 English, German 0 573 [117]
StaPress Ferdinand Maria Quincy 2011 English, German 0 587 [118]
String Publishing Jules Reene 2011 English, German 0 692 [119]
StruPress Jamey Franciscus Modestus 2011 English, German 0 560 [120]
Tempor Alain Sören Mikhayhu 2011 English, German 0 651 [121]
The Indigo Theophanes Dax 2011 English, German 0 660 [122]
Tort Philippe Valentin Giffard 2011 English, German 0 595 [123]
Tract Eloi Rylan Koios 2011 English, German 0 576 [124]
TurbsPublishing Erik Yama Étienne 2011 English, German 0 589 [125]
TypPRESS Cornelia Cecilia Eglantine 2011 English, German 0 598 [126]
UtilPublishing Isidoros Krastyo Morpheus 2011 English, German 0 695 [127]
VadPress Ozzy Ronny Parthalan 2011 English, German 0 550 [128]
Vent Dagda Tanner Mattheus 2011 English, German 0 588 [129]
VerPublishing Larrie Benton Zacharie 2011 English, German 0 644 [130]
VertPress Bartholomei Timotheos Crispinus 2011 English, German 0 632 [131]
VolutPress Proteus Valère Kresten 2011 English, German 0 693 [132]
VolvPress Sören Jehoiakim Ethan 2011 English, German 0 575 [133]
VSD Ronald Cohn Jesse Russell 2012 English, Russian 0 0 [134]

Omniscriptum Group subsidiaries[edit]

Omniscriptum Publishing Group has 27 subsidiaries (the date of creation and headquarters are in brackets):[4][135]

Publishing houses[edit]

  • VDM Verlag Dr. Müller GmbH & Co. KG (2002, Saarbrücken, Germany)[136][137]
  • AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[138]
  • Scholars' Press Publishing is a trademark of: AV Akademikerverlag GmbH& Co. KG Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8, 66121, Saarbrücken[139]
  • LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG (Saarbrücken, Germany)[140][141]
  • Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften GmbH & Co. KG (Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • EUE Editions Universitaires Européennes (2010, Saarbrücken, Germany)[23][142]
  • Verlag Classic Edition (2009, Saarbrücken, Germany)[143]
  • Saarbrücker Verlag für Rechtswissenschaften (2009, Saarbrücken, Germany)[144]
  • Lehrbuchverlag (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[145]
  • EAE Editorial Académica Española (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[146]
  • PUA Publicaciones Universitarias Argentinas (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[21][147]
  • Fromm Verlag (2010, Saarbrücken, Germany)[148]
  • Dictus Publishing (2010, Saarbrücken, Germany)[31]
  • BB Bloggingsbooks (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[149]
  • Trainerverlag (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[150]
  • JustFiction! Edition (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[32][151]
  • Doyen Verlag (2010, Saarbrücken, Germany)[152]
  • Palmarium Academic Publishing (2013, Saarbrücken, Germany)[153]
  • GlobeEdit (Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • FastBook Publishing (2009, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius)[45]
  • Alphascript Publishing (2009, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius)
  • Betascript Publishing (2010, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius)

Service industries[edit]

  • VDM Publishing House Ltd renamed International Book Market Service Ltd (2008, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius) in 2011[154][155]
  • VDM Verlagsservicegesellschaft mbH (2008, Saarbrücken, Germany)[156]
  • VDM IT-Dienstleistungen GmbH & Co. KG (2008, Saarbrücken, Germany)[157]
  • MoreBooks! Publishing GmbH (2009, Chişinău, Moldova)[6]
  • Morebooks! The online bookshop (2010, Saarbrücken, Germany)[10]
  • BetterBooks! Publishing GmbH (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[158]
  • NicerBooks! Publishing GmbH (2011, Saarbrücken, Germany)[159]
  • VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft (Saarbrücken, Germany)

See also[edit]

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