Science Spam

Periodically I get spam that makes me laugh.  Yes, this is a real company, and yes they do publish anything and everything they can get their hands on – basically they are a custom printing shop, printing your content at great expense to the purchaser.  I have no idea how much they offer to the generator of the content.

Dear Mr. Anthony Peter Fejes,

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

In the course of a research on the University of Waterloo, I came across a reference to your thesis on “Computationally Modeled Properties of BetaTrefoil Proteins”.
We are an 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,
<Name Redacted>
Acquisition Editor

Why does it make me laugh? The thesis they’re asking about is one I did for my undergraduate Biochemistry degree.

Yeah, I know, my first thesis was a brilliant work of art, but really, computational modeling done over a decade ago using Swiss-Model isn’t going to be earth shattering – and yes, if there is someone out there who wants a copy of my thesis, I can have it printed for you for at Kinkos… if I can find that file.  (It did have awesome pictures, tho!)

And, as far as I’m concerned, one should never combine beta-trefoil proteins and my undergrad thesis with the term “wider audience” – it’s just not going to work out well in the end.

One thought on “Science Spam

  1. My undergraduate dissertation was supposed to be on the mechanism of action of a DNA damage agent in an in vitro model of hereditary colon cancer. But in the end the unofficial title was “why my cells died”. I wonder if they’d publish that?

    (on the upside, I may not have had any interesting results, but I learned a HUGE amount about trouble shooting, proper controls, and the history of cell culture. Hmm, maybe there’s a blog post in there somewhere…)

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