Related to academic books, including scholarly books, textbooks, and reference books. Considerations related to publishing academic books, choosing textbooks, etc., come under this tag.

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Definition of “moral intelligence” [closed]

Simple to say, I'm actually looking for books (*pdf) that I could rely on for finding the right definition for this matter. I've been searching for pages in google, even diving to hidden libraries in ...
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How can I compile a study material of a course in this case?

Last year I was appointed to lecture a Data Structures course in a university in my hometown. The material for making my notes were based on several books, articles and also some material from ...
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Any book or tutorial about good practices or typical mistakes when conducting scientific research?

Some days ago I read this question: Feynman describing a scientific error and I found it quite interesting. Although it seems naïve it could be a typical mistake made by a beginner researcher as me. ...
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Book series in bibliography?

At one time I tried to be able to remember obscure journal abbreviations and the like, but recently I started favouring more bulky bibliography entries. So I started wondering if it might be useful ...
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Referring to individual chapters in a review of an edited volume

I have to write a review of an edited volume and wonder what the best approach would be to cite individual papers, to which I refer. The review is for a bulletin rather than a journal and the format ...
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Any way to know what version of a book I'm buying? [closed]

I recently purchased this book from a vendor that is not Amazon, but who listed the same image: ...but this was not quite the same as the book I received, which had a different cover and omitted the ...
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Good books/resource on mathematical writing

I am a freshly graduated Ph.D. I want to improve further my mathematical writing (in English, if this matters). I am looking for books/resource that address good mathematical writing. I can find some ...
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Are there any Books/Guides to developing researching skills for academia

I will be doing an Honours in Commerce next year at a GO8 university. This is essentially a stepping stone into a pathway to academia (or sometimes a resume booster for getting into industry). It ...
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Textbook that is a combination of other textbooks? [closed]

A, B, C are three good textbooks from the market. An author/professor translates them, taking chapter 1 from A, 2 from B, 3 from C and combining them into another textbook. The content of the new ...
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What are the benefits of taking textbook notes?

Taking notes based on the textbook obviously helps to organize and summarize info in the textbook. But if I highlighted the most important areas of the textbook, and while revising I only look at ...
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Being sure of date of publication of a book

I am practicing making citations of quotes and I am currently stuck on publication dates. To illustrate my issue, let’s use this this book: The front pages state the copyright date as three ...
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Should a full manuscript be available for a book proposal?

I've been given some conflicting advice about preparing book proposals and manuscripts for academic presses. I'm aware that writing books is a lengthy process etc; however, I've also been told by a ...
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Why does a (highly competitive) mathematics department recommend / require lower-level textbooks to work from, [closed]

but the exam questions -- and often, homework problems -- come from the classics, e.g., Baby Rudin, Ahlfor's Complex Analysis, Lax's Linear Algebra. This creates a huge discrepancy in one's level of ...
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Publishing thesis as a book

One of the answers here says that some researchers in humanities publish their thesis as a book. Could the same be done for example in physics, chemistry or math degree? By book I mean the whole ...
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A conjecture proved in drafts [closed]

I am preparing my math research monograph for publication. In the current draft there is certain conjecture. This conjecture was proved in my drafts (available on the Web) of the second volume for ...
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Why don't graduate math texts have solutions to their exercises?

I study mathematics and sometimes I have seen book that contains problems but not their solutions. Why are there no solutions available anywhere? For example, the books I have read are: Neukirch: ...
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Etiquette - send a copy of my new book to the department I earned my PhD within or to my advisor?

I need some etiquette advice. The book version of my PhD manuscript has just come out and I have a limited number of copies (8) from my publisher that I can give to family etc. My dilemma is whether ...
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How does one keep informed in a field that relies heavily on scholarly books?

Given that the cycle for writing scholarly books is usually much longer than journal articles, how do professors and students stay informed about their peers' current research? Are there any pathways ...
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When to publish a journal article versus a scholarly book?

In some fields, original research is reported almost exclusively in journal articles, but in others scholarly books are more common. In the latter fields, how does one decide whether to publish a ...
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How does one determine priority, prominence, and impact with regard to books, rather than articles?

My background is in physics where almost 100% of the scholarly work is reported in peer-reviewed publications. Within that framework, I understand how to determine who has priority regarding ideas, ...
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How can I encourage students to ask questions in class

In my field (as in many others), students are assigned articles or textbook chapters to be read as preparation for classes (i.e. the whole class has to read the same set of texts). I encourage my ...
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How do you (digitally) catalog the books you've read over the years?

I wonder how you guys keep tracks of what you've been reading over the years. I'm not talking about things that are 'relevant' and 'precious' to your academic work (to that end, all hail to EndNote or ...
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How can I tell if an unsolicited offer to publish a book with Springer is legit?

Our team had a paper recently published in Energy and Buildings, and one of us (not the main author) received last week an email from someone claiming to be an editor with Springer. According to this ...
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Citing only e-books in Bachelor thesis

I want to know, are e-books (digital version) comparable to physical books in citations? Can I use only e-books instead of real books for finding citations, notes to put in my Bachelor thesis?
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Is it legal in the US for a student to download a copy of a textbook, to study?

(this is coming out of a comment thread regarding this question.) The USA has a Fair Use legal provision restricting its copyright law: 17 U.S.C. § 107 Notwithstanding the provisions of ...
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Listing books read on a CV for undergraduate research in mathematics

I am currently making my CV for undergraduate research internships in Pure Mathematics. I have read many graduate level books on the field out of my own interest. Whenever I was stuck on a difficult ...
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What is the point of a lecture when you have a textbook?

I never really understood the point of having a course with lectures when the course has a textbook. Sometimes the subject is so high-level or specialized or so modern that the contents are changing ...
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Is it bad practice to use examples from textbooks in your in-class teaching?

When preparing lectures on problem solving related topics for undergraduate, I sometimes wonder if it is a bad practice to use examples from the textbooks. Will students think the instructor is lazy ...
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Should I let my professor know that I cited a text written by him…that I pirated from online

I wrote an essay for a professor of mine, in which I cited a book he had written. As it so happens, the citation is based on my having obtained a (most likely) pirated PDF copy of the book. The text ...
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Do citations of an edited volume of which I wrote one chapter count towards my own bibliometric indicators?

I recently noticed that an edited volume of which I wrote one of the chapters is picking up quite some citations. Since the citations are of the entire edited volume, naming only the editors of the ...
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Is it worth to split my book into articles and publish them individually?

In continuation of this question: I have written a book with a new mathematical theory. I am an amateur mathematician. I want to publish my book as LaTeX source under a copyleft license. Does it ...
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Duplicate content in multi-volume monograph

A scientist writes a multi-volume monograph reflecting his latest research results. In the first volume a certain topic is presented but incompletely because at the time of writing the research on ...
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Send book right before the deadline or now? [closed]

I have written a research monograph. I think that the work on the first volume is finished except that it is not yet checked for errors. Well, I am not 100% sure that I won't make any changes, ...
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A professor has offered to send me a hard copy of his new book. Would it be rude to ask for a PDF file instead?

While working my way through one textbook, I spotted several errors, TeXed them up and emailed to the author of the textbook. He thanked me and asked for my physical address so he could send me a copy ...
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How should I react to emails from unknown (to me) book publishers?

Since my Ph.D., I have occasionally received emails from publishers (that I've never heard of before) about writing a book. They all seem like mass emails that have my name and some title of a paper I ...
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Why are seemingly important topics not covered in textbooks?

I've asked some professors this questions and none of them have seemed to been able to give an answer that didn't lead to both them and me having more questions. To put into context: I have my B.S ...
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Textbook copies for Outreach Programs

I am a PhD Student doing outreach with High school Juniors and Seniors in STEM. There is a book on mathematical proofs, "How To Prove It" by Daniel Velleman, that I think most of the mathematically ...
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Purchasing books that are out-of-print

I've just returned this book to the library. However, it is a terrific book that allowed me to understand thermodynamics that I have never would, should I not have had a chance to run across this ...
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Buying books that are out of print [duplicate]

I've just returned the book Principles of Modern Thermodynamics, by Bimalendu Narayan Roy* to the library. It is a terrific book which gave me a much greater understanding of thermodynamics than I ...
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Does an updated chapter in a book count as a new publication?

I came across one of the edited books where authors contribute chapters that was published once in 2010 and the again in 2014. The two different books have identical (or almost identical) titles but ...
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The difference in writing style between a book chapter and article in a journal

My discipline is educational technology and I have been invited to submit a book chapter about integrating technology in my region. I published many articles in top refereed journals, but not sure ...
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Received a book review request, how to know if publisher is credible?

I received a book review request from a publishing company called PACKT. How do I know if the company and book is credible and if the effort would be worthy?
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How many desk copies of a textbook are usual?

I am considering changing textbooks for an introductory class. A problem is that none of the TAs and tutors already have this textbook, and our department funds are limited. How many free desk ...
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How do you verify facts claimed by a deceased author?

The question is not a arising in my capacity as an academic. I was recently reading a book, and I came across a claim that seemed dubious; so I wanted to find out whether it was accurate. I thought ...
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Giving my article the same title as a published book by another author

I'm about to submit an article to a journal for review. There is a published book (about 5 years old) that has the same title as my working paper. As you might guess, the paper and book are in the ...
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How to cite a book that has appeared in multiple versions/editions over the years?

I would like to cite a book that has first appeared in 1976 and has since seen three editions. Book on Google Scholar I need to cite the book in a paper I am writing that will (hopefully) be ...
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Is there anywhere I can find reliable reviews of popular textbooks?

My mathematics department is adopting a new calculus textbook. The publisher has refused to continue printing the same edition that we have been using, and their new edition is one of several options ...
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Difference between publishing textbooks and publishing research for acquiring tenure

I've noticed that a few of my professors have written their own textbooks, but they only did so after they had already published many research articles and presumably become tenured at my university. ...
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Is it fair to blame authors for exorbitant book costs? [closed]

Summary (TL;DR): The following's biased; so are there any counterarguments? Please beware that this question concerns only authors who are professors and who also write textbooks. Are authors truly ...
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How to approach a Book Review Editor

I would like to build up my publication profile, including the writing of book reviews. I am not well-known by any means having just completed my PhD, though I am now working full time (contract) as a ...