Sunday, May 27, 2018


Sciendo sounds suspicious. The name itself is a bit contrived; the emailed advertising invitation closes with the absurd warning that it might contain confidential information; and the missive refers to "over 1,100 academic journals, 35 databases, and 100,000 books, with more than 1,300 new book titles added to the platform each year."

But that cornucopia comes from De Gruyter, a German publisher that has been operating for centuries. Sciendo is a repackaging of De Gruyter Open, the publisher's previous open access business, now operating separately under the new name in Poland. It supports self-publishing but also publishes journals and works on conferences for universities.

Although Sciendo is a bona fide publisher, some flakiness mars its web site. For example, the list of law journals includes the Journal of Catalan Intellectual History, Economics and Culture, European Polygraph, and Scientific Bulletin. (The Scientific Bulletin, produced at the Land Forces Academy of Romania, "promotes the results achieved in the projects of national and international research, as well as the contributions of personalities from the academics.")
  • From: Dr. Jakub Gasior / Sciendo []
    Date: 5/24/2018 4:51 PM
    Subject: Publish Your book with Sciendo
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
    We are pleased to invite you to consider submitting a proposal to publish a book with Sciendo. As part of our wider expansion as a publisher, we are now accepting book proposals and manuscripts in twenty-nine different categories. Sciendo is one of the world’s leading companies providing professional publishing services to the academic market. Sciendo can fulfil all publishing needs for authors of academic and professional books in the English language. To meet your expectations we can: ▸ publish all book types, i.e.: monographs, textbooks, edited volumes, and others; ▸ publish your book using two models you can choose from: using the Open Access model for the electronic version of the book or using the traditional Paid Access commercial model; ▸ publish your book in one of the two options: if you have funds from your affiliate institution or another sponsor for the book publication - publish in Full Publishing Services option; if not, you can enjoy the Sciendo Self-Publishing option.
    Although Sciendo is a completely separate entity – with its own publishing guidelines and its own editorial, production and marketing staff – it shares its approach to partnership and openness with its parent company, De Gruyter, a scholarly publisher with almost 270 years of experience. De Gruyter’s portfolio features over 1,100 academic journals, 35 databases, and 100,000 books, with more than 1,300 new book titles added to the platform each year. Sciendo provides world-class technology, production, editing and distribution services, as well as creative and focused marketing support designed to raise your book’s profile to help it find its natural audience.
    Benefits stemming from publishing services and solutions provided by Sciendo: ▸ Top publishing technology to enhance user experience; ▸ Complete editorial services: copyediting, language polishing and typesetting; ▸ Hardback and paperback printing, at the choice of the buyer; ▸ Effective indexation in A&I services (e.g. Clarivate Analytics, Scopus, PubMed); ▸ Worldwide distribution via our international network of booksellers including, for example: Amazon, Baker & Taylor and Ingram. ▸ Advanced marketing services: mailing to potential authors, targeted mailing campaigns or book press release.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards,
    Jakub G─ůsior, PhD
    Sales and Publishing Specialist, Books,, T: +48 728 922 285
    De Gruyter Poland, Bogumila Zuga 32a Str., 01-811 Warsaw, Poland, T: +48 22 701 50 15,, © De Gruyter Poland 2018
    Sciendo is a De Gruyter Company © De Gruyter Poland 2018
    This email and any attachment may contain information that is confidential, privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. It is intended for the sole use of the legitimate addressee only. If you received this message in error, please let me know and delete the email and any attachments immediately. Thank you.

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