|Available in||English, German, Spanish, Russian, French|
|Founder(s)||Wolfgang Philipp Müller|
|Key people||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. It has been described as a predatory vanity press which does "not apply the basic standards of academic publishing such as peer-review, editorial or proof-reading processes."
Founded in 2002, its book production is based on print on demand technology. OmniScriptum has more than 40 imprints. The company specializes in publishing and selling Wikipedia articles; the same individuals are listed as editors of hundreds of thousands of books consisting entirely of content from Wikipedia. It also publishes theses, research notes, and dissertations through its e-commerce bookstores. It claims a catalog exceeding 300,000 titles. 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 is designated as non-academic by the Norwegian Scientific Index.
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.
Distribution and book sales partners
OmniScriptum titles are listed and sold by Amazon, Hachette Book Group, Book Depository, Ozon.ru, Lightning Source, Bok2, Flipkart, Souq.com, AMALIVRE, Centre d'Exportation du Livre, Dawson France, S.I.D.E (Société Internationale de Diffusion et d’Edition), Glavkniga.su, OOO Eposervis, RELOD, Mallory International Ltd, Cranbury International LLC, Complete Book Media & Supply LLC, Logosphera, KNV, BoD, and others.
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".
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.”
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