Warning of potential scam targeting graduate students

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:30 AM

The Graduate Division would like to warn graduate students of a potential scam targeting graduate students. If you receive an email similar to the following, please do not respond and immediately alert your department and support desk. Thank you for helping keep UCSB safe. 

Email scam text: 

Dear Graduate Student,

I represent Vernon Press, and I noticed you are undertaking doctoral research on [Insert Example Here].

Have you given any thought yet to publication as a book? I think your research interests might well be a good match for our Art series. Our recent titles in this series include Design School: After Boundaries and Disciplines (which explores the contemporary situation of the Design School) and The Centre as Margin: Eccentric Perspectives on Art (an edited volume on how various artistic disciplines build their methodological, theoretical, and thematic centers and margins). 

We are a publisher of academic and scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. We have high production standards, and our books are widely distributed in academic libraries. Unlike many other academic book publishers, all our titles are peer-reviewed, which sets our books apart by ensuring very high standards. If your proposal is accepted, we will offer you competitive terms.

If the possibility of publication interests you, I would be glad to discuss it with you and guide you through the preparation of a proposal for our consideration. We are open to proposals based on your current thesis or on cognate research areas which interest you. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Vernon Press