A new spam type has appeared in my Akismet filter, viz., announcements for dissertation writing services. For example, DissertationResearch is a “custom thesis writing service that will always give you custom written dissertations and original thesis and dissertation service”; they claim they can deliver 100% authentic, fully referenced Masters theses written by certified writers about all kinds of academic and professional subjects; customers are guaranteed privacy and confidentiality (I bet they need it) and they go out of their way to ensure that there is no plagiarism involved. EssaysExperts’s website looks somewhat less professional, but promises approx. the same.
This is academic capitalism in its purest form. Why bother to write a mediocre thesis when you can buy a first-class product written by a certified writer with a real (because he/she needs to know what they are writing about!) PhD?
I wonder how many dissertations that are actually being produced this way today? It must be difficult to get a realistic picture of how common this kind of fake thesis production is. A custom written dissertation with no plagiarism involved is almost impossible to expose. The quality of the websites indicates there are enough customers out there who are willing to pay (they don’t look like vulgar phishing operations).