Edwin Mellen Press
Edwin Mellen Press is an exceedingly dubious academic press, famous amongst university librarians for publishing works of second-class scholarship. It made itself even more famous as a dubious publisher when, in late 2012, it brought a defamation suit for $3 million against a university librarian who criticised it on their blog.
Their business model is to sell books of mediocre scholarship at stupendous markups to a perceived captive market of librarians, which is why they are quite so upset at a librarian calling them out.
"We do not know why the criticism persists," says the publisher in their newsletter, "but this problem has gone on for some time and has done a great deal of damage." Indeed.
- Confessions of a Science Librarian: A substantial list of links detailing the whole tale (which would be nice to extend this article).
- Chronicle forum thread, in which multiple posters suggest that being published by them will hurt your academic record for tenure.
- The original blog post.
- The suit.
- Jake New. "Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2013 February 14.
- Rebecca Moore. "The Strange Case of Garry Scarff." The Jonestown Report. Volume 5, November 2007.