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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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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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Do any of the big English textbook publishers have translations into Russian?

I am specifically looking for freshmen-level textbooks in Biology, Chemistry and Physiology that have been translated into Russian, but would be interested to hear about other topics too. I know ...
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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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Citing books: international edition or the original edition?

I am based in India and typically only have access to "International" editions of various books (i.e., edition which is for sale in the Indian subcontinent/select countries only). I now need ...
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Fantasy book examples in PhD Thesis

I have a question regarding the use of fantasy books in a PhD thesis. Imagine for example that I'm writing an example motivating the use of databases. Can I design e.g. a database composed of Game of ...
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Chances of academically publishing a book without professional degree

I have been considering publishing the book I am writing with Springer; specifically under the series Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics (or any related series). I believe the contents of the book ...
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Regarding PDF copy of a book downloaded from reputed universities [duplicate]

For ethical reasons I try to avoid reading books downloaded from illegal and pirated websites. I was self studying a topic by reading a certain book. Due to COVID-19 my nearby library is closed. I ...
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Does McGraw Hill Connect improve student learning outcomes?

I am debating if I should adopt the McGraw-Hill Connect system for my course next semester. On one hand, I am worried about the students' backslash because of the cost. On the other hand, after the ...
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How to cite WHO published books in Endnote

I need to cite a book published by WHO preferably using endnote. How do I import book citation information like journals for journals in Endnote? This is the book I need to cite: https://www.who.int/...
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Best eBook website for PhD students [closed]

What's the best "bookmine" academic targeted website for PhD students to find references for their studies ? Thanks in advance
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My professor told us a previous version of our textbook would be okay, but has now decided that it isn't?

I currently have a class in which at the beginning of the semester, our entire class was told it would be okay to obtain a previous version of the textbook which I did because it was significantly ...
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Is it acceptable to email an author to ask for a copy of his book that is currently out of print?

(Apologies if this isn't the place to ask, as I'm not a college student or independent researcher). I am a secondary school student in Ireland currently working on a large project for a history class ...
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Citing a Book in Projects/ Research Papers?

I am Currently Working on Writing my Undergraduate Minor Project Report. For that I need to Study Various Topics from Various Books. Now, My Process is to Read the Chapters Thoroughly and then write ...
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Is it ethical to use a textbook required for a class that was easily found online?

I am taking an online class that requires a textbook to be purchased. I have found the book through my first simple search using the Google search engine. The website where I found the book seems to ...
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Should I seek professional help because I have a lot of math books?

I’m a graduate student in mathematics. One day, there was a discussion between graduate students about how many books a working mathematician has. Then each student would talk about their personal ...
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What's the meaning of “Topics in … ”?

I have seen some courses in the university that start with "Topics in this ... Topics in that ...", I have also seen some books that use that word "Topics in Algebraic Graph Theory"...
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Standard recommendations and steps for writing introductory books [closed]

Suppose I plan to write an introduction to, say, statistics that's intended both for self-learning and as a companion to a university course. Is there any standard advice about the following? ...
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What's the difference between textbooks and other non-fiction books?

Say, why is the book How The Immunse System Works (by Lauren Sompayrac) regarded as a "textbook" but, say, The Better Angels of Our Nature is not? There are thousands of non-fiction books, ...
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Do teachers generally refer to hard-to-comprehend books? [closed]

I have studied at 4 universities, and in 3 different programs. I always observed that when asked for a recommendation for a book to understand a topic easily and clearly, university-professors always ...
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How significant is it to publish a scientific “review paper” in 6–10 impact factor journal?

I have published my thesis to an international conference but it was not anything reputed. However, I do not have access to lab now. I have been asked to be a part of a review-paper writing team and a ...
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Pros and Cons of being an editor for an edited book volume

I am early in my tenure track position. I have just completed my post-doc and PhD two years ago. In collaboration with colleagues, we have recently circulated call-for-papers for an edited book. What ...

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