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What are the possible causes causing the date of status changed without changing the status “under review” for Elsevier editorial systems?

I have a paper submitted to a journal of Elsevier. From "Manuscript Submitted" to "with editor" takes one day; "with editor" for five days, and then "under review". One and a half months later, the ...
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Are there situations where taking an honorarium for trying a textbook on a class is acceptable behavior?

A publisher for an e-textbook is offering me an honorarium if I try it with a class. My own ethical take on this is that I would not entertain this regardless of the size of the honorarium (which I ...
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Who is earning money when users buy access to a research article?

I'm a software engineer, but I used to have to read a lot of papers about neurology. I am slightly disappointed by the high price for access to the full text of research papers. I can understand a ...
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How to get authoritative bibliographic information about journals

When I collect bibliographic material, I seem to get grossly inconsistent information. Papers from the same journal are often linked to different publishers, the same journal or publisher is often ...
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Is there any way to pressure textbook publishers to reduce price?

I am an instructor in a medium-sized state school in the USA. The price for the textbook to the introductory math course that I teach just increased. Again. A new, paperback copy costs 170 USD. I want ...
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Engineers out there, which is better for publishing work: Elsevier or Springer? [closed]

I realise this is a sort of a general question, but what is the general consensus out there regarding publishing in these journals? I am a mechanical engineer, specialising in fluid flow and heat ...
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Do any scientific publishers have a stated commitment to authors regarding copyright infringement?

Within the debate of whether science should move to an Open Access / CC-license scheme, or remain with a more traditional scheme where the authors transfer copyright to the publisher, one argument ...
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Is ProQuest a reputable or disreputable publisher?

For example, Does ProQuest make excessively large revenue and profits? Does ProQuest make content difficult and expensive to access? In these regards, is ProQuest closer to (say) Elsevier or to ...
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If no revised date is mentioned in the paper, does this means the paper is directly accepted by the journal?

When I am reading papers, sometimes I see statements like Manuscript received October 29, 2012; accepted March 16, 2014. Does this implies that the paper is directly accepted?
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How do I know the impact factor of a certain journal is true? [duplicate]

I am new in publishing, I have never published a paper, and nowaday there are too many online journals. That made me suspicious about their reputation, and it is not easy for me as a beginner in ...
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Why are (galley) proof requests given such a short deadline?

Often the publisher requests to get the proof within 24 hours when it's ready. What are the reasons for making this so short? Do they want the authors to not make too many changes? EDIT: The email I ...
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How can we find who owns an old book's copyright?

How can we find who owns an old book's copyright today, especially if the publishing company who printed said book no longer exists? This would also apply for other (non-book) publications.
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How can a professor who has signed The “Cost of Knowledge” pledge review papers without having to recant?

A large majority of researchers in my field publish in Elsevier journals. However, a professor who is widely regarded as an authority in my field has, some years ago, signed The Cost of Knowledge ...
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What are the publisher's obligations when a research paper's term of copyright ends?

When a research paper's term of copyright ends, say, N years after publication, does the publication house have to make it freely (i.e. no cost) available for use by general public? Assume that ...
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Can someone really be assigned to review in the APS’s editorial system for over a month without reacting at all and if yes, why?

From observations as an author and reviewer that I made myself and that have been reported to by others, it seems that the editorial system of the American Physical Society (which in particular ...
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Publishing Free Papers by Publishing house: Offer or Scam?

Some of my colleagues and I got offers from employees of some reputed journal (not from journal itself), to publish our research paper for free, if: We include their name as co-author We use 60%+ ...
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Is it best to avoid all interactions with disreputable or predatory conferences?

Potentially predatory publishers and journals (as listed on Beall’s list here) are springing up more and more often, but they do not always stick to journals and publishing articles. Some host ...
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Accomplished researchers listed as editors of shady journal

I recently got an unsolicited email advertising a questionable-looking mathematics journal. Upon investigation, it looks pretty shady: page charges, manuscripts to be submitted in Microsoft Word ...
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Is it a good idea to cite paper from publisher listed in Beall’s list

While writing the literature review for my paper, I found another paper which is closely related to my research. Unfortunately, the paper’s publisher is on Beall’s List. Hence, I wonder if citing the ...
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Is it bad practice to submit the entire manuscript for an initial book proposal to a publisher?

In a previous book I wrote, I submitted the entire manuscript along with a couple page proposal to a few different publishers. Both editors never responded to me. In my current book, I sent the ...
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How to judge the quality of my own paper?

I am a B.Tech student in my final year, and am interested in publishing a paper. I have read a few articles in IEEE transactions and ACM transactions on my topic of interest, Software Engineering, and ...
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Why are some journal articles so expensive? [duplicate]

Why are some journal articles so expensive, such as this article that costs more than $12.55 per page to purchase?
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Independent publishing of paper resulting from a project

[To clarify I am in an European university, have never published anything] As part of my Masters curriculum in Electrical Engineering I had to do a research project during the semester along with the ...
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How much do Springer-Verlag authors make per book sold?

How much do Springer-Verlag authors make per book sold?
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Do Springer, IEEE, Elsevier charge a fee for non-open-access journals?

My PhD advisor and lab colleagues think that Springer, IEEE and Elsevier journals non-open-access charge authors for submitting a paper. (They usually only publish in local journals.) All the info ...
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Have most journals recently stopped providing off-prints to authors?

I've recently obtained my PhD in mathematics and started a post-doc this year. I have 5 published papers, across a wide spectrum of journals (in terms of quality, from very good to mediocre). However ...
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Do authors always have final approval over what gets published?

After reading this answer, and the subsequent comments, I found myself wondering if it is a rule for publishers to get author approval after edits before publishing a paper? I would assume so because ...
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Has anybody received any solicitation from Nova Press? Are they a scam?

My advisor received an email from Nova Press if we were interested in publishing to one of their books and I was asked to summarize my dissertation for publication as a book chapter. They didn’t ask ...
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Author's email address in a published paper is not working

I have stumbled upon a paper that is very related to my field of research and after reading and discussing it with my supervisor, I found some issues in the paper that I need more information about, ...
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What precisely does “ISI-indexed publications” mean?

I'm currently looking at the requirements of a (Comp. Sci.) job that seems to only take into account "ISI-indexed publications". I'm vaguely aware of what ISI is and so forth, but I'm struggling to ...
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Can I reliably determine the quality of a journal by checking citation numbers in Google Scholar?

I have recently come across this journal International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA) The journal provides acceptance notification within 15 days. This raised red ...
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What is the effect of a journal going open-access on its impact factor?

I recently saw this reasonably interesting graphic regarding journals and open access. As many of you know, there is a large discussion about open access. It appears to be most strong within ...
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Should I accept review requests from dubious journals?

I'm a graduate student with, so far, one published article in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the article came out, I've been receiving increasing amounts of "academic e-mail spam" from people wanting ...
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How is a new academic journal born?

We have witnessed (heard or read) about the birth of new academic journals many times. I have a vague idea how that happens: A scientist or a group of scientists recognize the need for an academic ...
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Are books peer-reviewed?

I am unsure for books but I know for certain that selected journal articles are peer-reviewed. (This just shows I am not in academia!) Do books go through a peer-review process? If so, how does this ...
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Why are small fonts the norm in research papers?

Is it just me or are the published articles a strain on the eyes in general? Has there been(/shouldn't there be) a study on optimal font sizes for reading?
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Publishing similar/same paper twice? (regarding Economics Letters journal)

I've always been under the impression that you're only allowed to publish 1 result in 1 journal. However, Economics Letters states: For instance, a theorist could submit to Economics Letters a ...
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Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher?

I was recently asked to review for an MDPI open access journal. Is this a reputable publishing company? Their website suggests that they are 15 years old, and only do open-access publishing. The ...
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Creating a book based on an article (copyright issues)

I've asked this question at math.stackexchange.com, but a comment proposed me to ask this question at academia.stackexchange.com instead. Here is my question: Elsevier explicitly permits me to make ...
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Does ScholarOne really force you to have multiple logins?

Why can't I have a single ScholarOne login for every journal I submit or review for? Is there some way to copy over the address, keywords & password for all my accounts so I don't have to waste ...
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How to identify predatory publishers/journals

What are the best strategies for assessing if a journal is a "vanity" or "predatory" journal that should be avoided (both for publishing in and reviewing for)? For example, how would one go about ...
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Why do Math journals provide you with LaTeX class files and instructions and they also advise you not to spend time typesetting the paper?

This is what I don't understand. Journals provide you with LaTeX class files and instructions and they also advise not to spend time typesetting the paper into the exact format of the journal. What ...
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What metrics are used to judge a mathematical journal's quality?

The metric I see most on the internet and on journals' home pages is the 'Impact Factor'. Are there any other metrics that are considered as important as (or more important than) the Impact Factor?
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What do publishers provide to authors in different disciplines?

Discussions about academic publication (for example, the recent Elsevier boycott, the actual cost of publication, open-access initiatives by universities and funding agencies, citation cartels, or ...
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How to withdraw your paper from an open access journal where it has been accepted?

My paper got accepted in a mediocre open access journal. However later I found out that its publishing fees was too high. What would be the correct way of asking a withdrawal of your article from ...
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What to do if my paper is incorrectly cited in a journal?

Recently I got a cite in a research paper where the author cited my work as Golam et al, where it should have been Rashed et al. Is there any problem for indexing purpose? should I contact the journal ...
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What are the most important points to emphasize while pitching for a dissertation to be published as a book?

An editor for a major publishing house is visiting our institute, and some PhD students will get the chance to have a 15 min talk with them and discuss the publication of their dissertation as a book. ...
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For indexes, what do I do when my first name is abbreviated?

I'm Muslim, I use Md. as for Muhammad. So when submiting to journals, should I stick to the 2nd & 3rd names? I'm currently facing problems in submitting to arxiv.org which asks for only first and ...
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Free ways to automatically get notified if new papers are published on ACM or IEEE?

I'm looking for a way, tool or technology that allows me to define keywords and/or authors and/or conferences for which I want to be notified if a new paper is published on ACM or IEEE. I couldn't yet ...
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Submitting the same research to multiple conferences

I'm aware that it's a violation of terms for most publishers to submit the same article to more than one journal, but I frequently see authors whose papers seem very similar, particularly papers ...