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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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Maintaining a Public Handbook: Collaborative editing, online viewing, plus good-quality PDF output?

This is a question for anyone who has had to maintain a set of guidelines or handbook which might be fairly long (book-length) with multiple sections. The ideal case would be a system where revisions ...
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Is it legal to share some exercises with solutions of a book with students?

I am going to teach a course in the Winter term and I have access to the solution manual provided by the publisher. Is it legal to share some questions (not the whole questions) with their answers ...
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Is it unethical to download a pirated copy of a textbook to evaluate its content, then buy if worth it? [closed]

Textbooks are expensive. If I want to buy one, I want to make sure that the content will be worth it. The sample chapters on Amazon might not be enough to make a careful evaluation. Some websites ...
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Are niche topic textbooks normally published by vanity presses or traditional ones?

My understanding is that while a traditional publisher invests its own resources to market and publish a book with the hope of getting enough revenue to cover their costs, vanity publishers charge the ...
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Is it a good idea to lend or rent textbooks to students?

I teach in a college and I have a small annual fund allowing me to purchase textbooks. If I do not use this fund, it will expire every academic year and thus I am considering creative ways that I can ...
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How do I actively learn NEW CONTENT from text based content?

How do I improve my ability to learn? Here is a similar question. I will tell why it doesn't answer my question here. Solving exercises is not my problem. My problem is learning the theoritical ...
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Is it allowed to publish an extended version of book chapter in as a journal article

In computer science, it is usual practice for researchers to publish the expanded conference paper as a journal article. In most occasions, journals request a 30-40% extended version. However, I am ...
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What is going on behind the binding of this textbook? [closed]

I’m not sure if this is the right SE for this, but since it’s a textbook, I figured Literature or any other fictional genre SE wouldn’t be right. I have a hardback cover of Classical Mechanics by John ...
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How do you study a graduate-level textbook that doesn't have any exercises?

I am trying to self-study a graduate-level physics book that was recommended to me, but it doesn't have any exercises. Also, it's a specific enough topic to where I can't really find any other ...
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How is perceived an open access academic book without a publisher among academics

I am currently working on my second book and I want to make it open access this time. I know there is many way to put the book online (github, bookdown, etc.), but I am worried on how it will be ...
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What books to review for this journal?

I wanted to do a book review for a journal. I enquired the editor whether a book review for the journal is commissioned by the editor or anyone can write. He answered anyone can write and included the ...
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How to improve my learning ability to learn from not so simple sources? [duplicate]

I am the person who asked How do I improve my ability to learn? this question. I forgot my last password and username, so I could not respond there so I am responding to comments here how these ...
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How do I improve my ability to learn?

I am decent at learning from videos. But poor at learning from textbooks, wikipedia articles etc. Unless the material is really easy to follow, I am unable to learn most of text content. How do I ...
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In the US, can a college require a student to purchase an access code to turn in homework?

A friend of mine is attending a nursing program in the state of Washington. I was surprised to learn that her college is forcing everyone in the program to purchase an "e-access code" for a ...
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Can I post study notes based on a book to my personal website?

When taking a course I deemed specially important as an undergrad, I would usually choose a book from the bibliography the professor provided and read it independently of the classes; while reading, I ...
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Should I mention that I did the pre-revision review of a textbook on my CV?

Simple question: Should I mention that I did the pre-revision review of a textbook on my CV? (I suppose this is the revision done before the new edition of a textbook) They just invited me to do it ...
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Etiquette on contacting publisher of a multi-author book after one co-author passed away [closed]

I am asking this question on behalf of someone who does not want to create a stackexchange account. Suppose one author on a multi-author textbook that is used regularly in college courses has passed ...
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Finding an editor for my book

I am going to publish my second book (a technical book on Einstein's relativity), probably with a UK publisher. I am trying to find an editor for it, and I would be very pleased if someone guides me ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor to buy me a book for research?

I work in a lab on a variety of projects using a variety of techniques. For a recent project I was thinking we are probably going to use fancy machine learning method X which I am vaguely, but not ...
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what do you think would be a reasonable amount of time to write 60k words book? [closed]

As my first time submitting a book proposal, it is required to indicate the amount of time expected to deliver the first draft of the book. I am not sure what to say because I have no idea about what ...
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How to lead a succesful academic book club?

I have started an academic book club but I somewhat have a hard time with it. We are reading a slightly complicated text, so I decided to do a slow-paced reading; but up until now, only one person ...
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Is there a book equivalent to « Good work if you can get: How to succeed in academia » but for European / UK academia?

I found Jason Brennan’s book very useful when applying to my PhD and planning long term about my academic career. However I am doing my PhD in Europe and although I’d like to explore US academia at ...
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Is it ethical to share with students a book draft that the author no longer makes publicly available?

Several years ago I taught an upper-division Mathematics course at my former institution. In the course of preparing to teach the course, I discovered that a professor at another university had not ...
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Role of textbook reading for a PhD student

When I start reading a research paper in my research area, I flooded with a lot of new words, techniques etc.. In the majority of cases, I start reading the relevant textbooks for expertise in order ...
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How can I store sources in a structured manner?

I started writing a book on my own in lockdown about some critical social issues. For this I read some books online to gain more knowledge about the issue I am writing about (all books are online), ...
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Listing my activity as a Chapter Editor in CV

I am a chapter editor for a particular book. How do I list that in my CV? I see no guidelines particularly stating how to go about stating this. Please keep in mind that I am not the editor of the ...
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Is it worth publishing a book chapter through InTechOpen open-access publishing? [closed]

There is already a post on A.SE about the InTechOpen platform, which is currently listed as a predatory open-access journal. That question is 3 years old and since then the platform has changed a lot, ...
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Which software is used to write scientific textbooks, especially in engineering?

Which software do learned professionals use - LaTeX or Google Docs or Word or any other software to write their books (especially engineering level scientific textbooks)? Points to consider: Could ...
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Why do some textbooks lack the 'references section' completely?

I have come across this Engineering Mathematics book Higher Engineering Mathematics by B. S. Grewal and wanted to go into details of a sub-topic not keenly mentioned in any other related books. ...
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Can professors generally keep books paid for with university funds?

I'll soon be leaving the faculty position I've held for over 20 years at a private college in the United States. Do departing faculty typically keep books that might have been purchased with ...
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Are there any examples of popular self published textbooks? [closed]

It’s a well known fact that textbooks are expensive and that writing a textbook earns you very little in royalties (e.g. https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/167367/11353 ). At the same time self-...
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Can anyone with a PhD write a textbook?

I think I have a few questions here. I've said this before: I don't have many talents, but I can teach, and I can teach very well. Education is my passion and that is one of the reasons I am pursuing ...
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How should I interpret a book editor not responding to me after accepting my chapter proposal?

I had a detailed chapter proposal accepted about five weeks ago for a collection of critical essays in my field, edited by a retired professor who has been prolific in publishing while retired. In the ...
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How to deal with professors who don't follow the text

I'm a first year math grad student. As an undergrad, all my professors followed the given text book closely, making lecture easy to prepare for and very predictable. As a grad student, my professors ...
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Is it ethically acceptable for university book stores to market homework help websites?

A university bookstore, which is operated by a well known bookseller, is selling subscriptions to a "homework help and textbook solutions" website. The subscriptions appear beneath the ...
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Where to buy non-kindle-format (epub,azw) e-books which look like the printed books?

If I want to buy e-copy of academic books, most of the publishers (Oxford, Cambridge, etc.) direct to amazon store or allow epub version. However, I do not want the e-pub or other formats (e.g. azw) ...
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Am I allowed to use draft chapters of an early version of a book this way?

I am writing a book and am seeking feedback on different chapters before submitting for final publication. Can I use the draft chapters as conference papers or at visiting lecture seminars?
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why some author not provide free pdf of his/her book on internet? [closed]

why some author not provide free pdf of his/her book on internet ? I see Allen Hatcher Books are available on his website with free of cost and no need to charge for download the pdf There many ...
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General Guidline in making a index for a textbook

I am currently writing a textbook in some mathematical area and now I am at the point of creating an index of words. Are there some general rules in academia on this, like there are for citing ...
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What is the name of the text that might exist after the chapter heading and before the first section?

In manuscripts, a text between the chapter heading and before the first section might exist. Does this have a name? This seems to be a good community to know the answer. Thanks in advance.
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Doing a query on Scopus

I'm trying to perform a specific query on Scopus. To be precise, I am looking for books from Wiley that are related to real time systems. Maybe I did a mistake because there aren't results. The query ...
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Best search engines for scientific books [closed]

I'm wondering which are the best search engines for scientific books. I know google book, but here I'm not able to find books which contain the specified key words and published by a specific editor. ...
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Should textbook acknowledgments be included as publications on a CV?

I've worked through a major publisher to contribute applied portions to several textbooks, and am listed in the acknowledgements sections. These were not one-day content reviews and singular ...
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If I publish my Master's Thesis in a journal can I still write a book my topic about later?

I've recently completed my Master's Thesis (and I'm a little proud of it). I'm interested in publishing my findings in a journal, but I'd also like to expand on my ideas and write a book for a wider ...
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Can you recommend an excellent book or article about how to critique a journal article? [closed]

I am a novice researcher. I received an article to review, and I don't know very well how to critique such an article. Can you recommend an excellent book (or other source of information) about how to ...
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Dealing with a huge number of textbooks

As an undergraduate in the field of biology/Chemistry, I've seen plenty of professors recommending at least two textbooks for a mere credit hour of two, each of which comprised of more than 1000 pages....
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How to convert a PhD Thesis written on published articles into a book? [closed]

Is it a good idea to convert Thesis (computer science field) written on the basis of my own published research articles into a book? Taking care of text recycling and copyright plus wider knowledge ...
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Who decides to publish different versions of the same textbook?

Do authors or publishers decide to publish too similar versions of textbooks that feel like cash grabs? Or do the publishers suggest it? Three examples — 1. James Stewart's pricey first year ...
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Who decides which, if any, solutions are publicized to students?

For students, some textbooks publicize no solutions, some just half (either odd or even numbered exercises), and some all. How's this decided? Does the author have the final say? Can publishers ...
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Why do I see research being republished in Springer?

For example, I see a "book" on Springer published in 2017 that is identical to a conference article presented in 2011. What is happening here? In my opinion, duplicate publications are not ...

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