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How to respond to journal suggestion we get a native-speaker editor when writing seems reasonable and one author is a native English speaker?

I've seen this question on suggesting someone get a native speaker to edit and check. But my situation is rather different. Several colleagues and I wrote an article for a special volume of a ...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

One of the most criticized aspects of the current publishing scheme, is that academics do pretty much all the work for free and publishers get the money. Why don't people just charge a fee when ...
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Commercial publication of your PhD thesis

I'm wondering what it is like to publish a PhD thesis commercially? Has anyone done that before? What would the contract be with the publisher regarding sales profits?
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I came across plagiarism. Whom should I inform if at all?

I have been reading a sample PDF of a book by a professor at a research university published in 2007 on the publisher’s website. For some reason the book’s title was not included in the PDF’s footer ...
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Is Ubiquity Press a trustworthy open access publisher? [duplicate]

Is Ubiquity Press a trustworthy open access publisher? By a quick look, it does not appear in Beall's list, does not have an impact factor yet (?), is promoted at least by some scholars, and is ...
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'Introduction to Subject X' & Guide books : How do they influence the academic reputation?

Many professors publish introductory books on their subjects, for undergraduates or sometimes books for a non-academic audience. something like "Introduction to Art History" or a 'guide book' to ...
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Do Nature journals wrongly claim copyright in their published pdfs?

I just noticed this and I'm slightly confused by a small detail. The Nature Publishing Group states in its Publishing Licences page that the copyright on articles remains with the author: NPG ...
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Alongside my book proposal, I included by mistake a chapter with some typos (just a few, but major).

Should I email the editor and resubmit the corrected version of the chapter? I have been trying to meet a deadline so I worked very hard on my book proposal. It was polished and ready to be ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to transform the draft of a textbook as given by the authors into a final publication (for web or print)?

I wonder what are the actual costs of translating a manuscript of a textbook as given by the authors into a final publication (for web or print). I.e., ignoring the costs of marketing the textbook, ...
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Why does or did Elsevier make PDFs grey and therefore unfit for printing?

My university subscribes to various online journals. Sometimes I print off articles that I know I will read over and over again. (I'm all for saving paper, but some things I do prefer reading on ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish a book? [closed]

I wonder how much it costs a publisher to publish a book (textbook or research book). I'm looking for referenced numbers, not guesses. I am mostly interested in the fields of computer science and ...
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What is the backup strategy of online-only journals/repositories on the very long term?

Disseminating printed documents in many places on the planet is a very robust "backup" strategy for scientific literature. Printed documents (and other forms of ink-on-paper documents), or fragments ...
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Complain about an ISI journal to Thompson?

My paper has been accepted in an ISI-indexed open access journal and I paid the required publication fee three months ago. But they have not published my paper yet. My paper is related to a research ...
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Not publishing an author photo on Elsevier journals

This is related to Co-author does not want biography+photo in paper submission but specific to Elsevier journals. In the mentioned question, answers showed that for IEEE they have a policy where a ...
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What is the reason of the disparity between single article price and yearly subscription in scientific journals?

I'd like to understand scientific journals' pricing model. For example, in the case of Nature, one single article bought as a unit costs $32.00. But a personal subscription is only $199.00 for 1 ...
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How to publish my PhD as a monograph when examiners are unable to oversee the process?

Before my viva (as they call it in the UK) one of my supervisors strongly hinted that one of my examiners would likely be interested in supervising me with the writing of a monograph. Three months ...
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Dataset of retraction fines per publisher

I read in the Nature comment Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors authored by David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George& Kathryn A. Kaiser and published today Science relies ...
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Does a preprint include revisions made in response to peer review?

This is related to but not answered in this question about the difference between various stages of a manuscript in the publication process. After an author has submitted a manuscript to a journal ...
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Do (scientific) editors complain with the publishers about user experience?

This recent question on the Elsevier online submission system prompted this question to me. It seems like there are lots of outstanding examples of bad usability and overall negative user experience ...
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Why do some journals allow their papers to be open access for a short period of time after publication?

Some journals upload their accepted papers for public viewing shortly after the papers were accepted, examples of this include J. Math. Phys and Cell Systems. What's the reason for doing this if the ...
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I submitted my paper in a hijacked journal [duplicate]

I encountered a huge problem, I submited my paper in a faked journal. I sent them several times about the result of reviewing process. The email answer was: Dear Author Please clarify what ...
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Why don't academics bypass restrictions on the distribution of their papers the same way as an institutional open access policy seems to do?

I've learned that academics can ensure that their papers can be freely distributed, even when those papers are published at places that require transferring copyright, simply by granting a ...
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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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Respected journal uses only a single reviewer and has a high acceptance rate (>85%); could this be an acceptable practice?

I have recently noticed a failed case of peer review at The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). It is a solid journal in which researchers of astrophysics can present good science without worrying about the ...
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Referencing Springer products: what name to use for the publisher?

For references to Springer products, I have come across a lot of names for the publisher, (and all of those are present in my own Mendeley library): Springer Science+Business Media Springer-Verlag ...
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Is it worth submitting papers to “graduate” peer-reviewed journals?

I am a first year PhD student in the social sciences at a Canadian institution, and I'm wondering whether it's worth submitting a paper to a "graduate" peer-reviewed journal. This would be my first ...
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How can academia defend itself against journal website hijackings? [closed]

This is fresh off the press:* How to hijack a journal. J. Bohannon. Science 350 no. 6263, p. 903. 20 November 2015. I just saw it and I find it intensely worrying. In short, it appears that scam ...
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How can I judge whether an alternative “impact factor” is from an accepted and genuine source?

So I was wondering whether the SJIF (Scientific Journal Impact Factor) calculation was authentic and accepted. How can someone identify whether an alternative impact factor is generally accepted and ...
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Is there a way to check to which scientific journals a specific library has access?

Is there a way to check which journals are available in a specific library/university? For example, my university library has access to some, but not all, the scientific journals related to Machine ...
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Can I get a refund if I bought an article that contains a major flaw?

Is it possible to get a refund from a publisher if I bought an article that contains a major flaw (i.e.,one that invalidates the main results or the main conclusions)? Assume the article was bought ...
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Do publishers simply waive their exclusive rights without any resistance?

Assumption based upon my experience from CS: Typically, the business model of academic publishers is to archive and disseminate papers whose authors have transferred exclusive publication rights to ...
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Is it worth it to master LaTeX or MS Word?

I want to know, if I submit a paper to a journal, will they change the formatting of the paper? For example, will they change the position of the tables or the figures? If they change these, then I ...
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Publishing and Self-Archiving

Recently I had a paper accepted by a major journal in discrete mathematics. Now the paper is going through the final stages of publication. The publisher sent me a link in which I have to specify the ...
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“The file is not eligible for Reference Checking and was not processed”

While submitting a paper to a journal of a famous publisher, the submission system added the following link in the top of my PDF file: "Click here to view linked References". When I clicked the link, ...
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Should I change the format of preprint before publishing it as a working paper?

I submit a paper to a journal which allows to publish the preprint as a working paper. After submission, I thought I can just take the version I just submitted and publish it on ResearchGate. But then ...
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Does peer-reviewing for journals/conferences which advertise to attract reviewers; harm one's academic reputation?

I always thought that the way journals elect their reviewers is that probably they or their editors ask some famous researchers to review some of their papers. I mean, reviewers are probably asked to ...
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Why don't journal publishers ask for proof of affiliation?

It seems like journal publishers do not require credentials for proof of your affiliation and identity. There are many places where such credentials are important, but even the most popular journal ...
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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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How often do publishers sue researchers for copyright infringement for putting their articles on a personal website?

I know that some publishers sometimes send copyright infringement emails to researchers putting their articles on a personal website. How often do publishers actually sue researchers for copyright ...
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Ways to get free and legal access to research papers as a researcher

I’ve discovered that website like ResearchGate offer the possibility to ask the paper editor to provide his paper for free. Many are collaborating. Are there any other ways for researchers to obtain ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish an academic article?

I am interested to know the cost of publishing an academic article. I do not mean in the simple sense of "what does a given journal charge an author to publish?" or "what does an association or ...
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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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Can I add more corrections to page proofs?

After my paper was accepted, I was sent page proofs with few corrections to some words and some references. Is it possible to add something to this page proofs. I want to change wording of a line that ...
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Is it possible to change something on a research paper between the period of acceptance and publishing?

My paper was accepted in peer reviewed journal last week and is about to be publishing. Last night I thought the solution makes better sense if I change the definition of one of the variables. This is ...
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Do I need to do revision on my accepted paper?

I just received an email of my paper which was submitted to a conference. The paper submission webpage has the following type of status: active (under review), discuss, withdrawn, rejected, ...
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What does “NN” mean (submitting a proposal to a publisher)?

I recently heard about the possibility of submitting a proposal for a book to the publisher as "NN". I assume it has something to do with the fact that a couple of possible contributors have not yet ...
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How to deal with editors who abuse their position?

I have the impression that the two main editors of a prestigious journal published by a well known publishing house have “confiscated” the journal for their own interests. In brief, they publish ...
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Making latex sourcefiles publicly available by default

Question: where can I find (legal/pragmatic) information about having latex source files for scientific articles publicly available on github? Or, how would you deal with it? Problem description: I ...
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How to automatically extract submitted/accepted dates of many journal papers?

I am doing a research of the processing times of papers published in journals in my field. I have noticed that the metrics that the journals advertise (e.g. the Elsevier journal insights) do not ...
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What is the fastest way to publish articles? [closed]

It may seem from few of my earlier posts, I am eager to publish something soon. I need some publications, but unfortunately many are in long process. I have submitted few journal articles, but they ...