A friend of mine is trying to publish his PhD thesis. He has had a few rejections already, which is always part of the game, and recently, he received an offer from Lexington Press, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. The contract mentioned the decisions taken by them are based on a peer-reviewed process, which is what academic press is all about, yet they asked for a 'supportive fee per page to ensure quality'.
I warned him that this sounds like vanity publishing to me, and that if he goes for it, especially since he hasn't nearly exhausted all other options, he is in danger of losing prestige.
What is your take, guys? After a quick google search, Lexington doesn't come up as self-publishing, yet the fact that it is an 'imprint' of Rowman and Littlefield makes me suspect it's a lesser option, that there is a catch there.
Do you know anything about it?
What would your advice be? Mine was to email them a few questions, but keep submitting.