Questions tagged [books]

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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Is there a book of summaries of important theories in business [on hold]

I understand this question might be off-topic. However, after looking at both this question and this meta-discussion, I believe it is on-topic. In a class which is trying to teach PhD students how to ...
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Working on the arXiv version of a published paper, how should I cite?

As part of a research project, I use results from this paper. It seems to have been published at least 3 times: as an arXiv preprint from January 2012 in a Springer book from 2012 in another Springer ...
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What Textbooks are Available for Introducing Students to Concurrent and Parallel Programing? [on hold]

I am looking for a textbook... Which is more on "programing," than ""computer science," per se. A book which is object-oriented. It would be preferable that code samples not be written in C or any ...
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My article that was cited in a book does not appear on google scholar

The name of my article is Hominin interbreeding and the evolution of human variation and it is referenced in the book "Ingenious: The Unintended Cost of Human Innovation" But this does not appear on ...
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When writing a textbook, what percentage of the material should be already known and what should be novel?

When I am reading a textbook, especially on some esoteric subject, I sometimes wonder what percentage of the textbook consists of known, published material, and what percentage is the author's own ...
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Can I select any of my published paper in journal for book chapter

I have been invited to submit a book chapter. The invitation email says: Due to your involvement in the field, and the research you published in your paper, 'X', publisher 'Y' invites you to extend ...
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What is a recommended strategy on exercises in a mathematical textbook at graduate level? [duplicate]

When I read a mathematical textbook at graduate level to learn and master a particular subject that I am unfamiliar with, I always struggle with the strategy on the exercises. Sometimes I spent one ...
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What does a textbook look like while you are writing it?

I've entertained the idea of writing a textbook for several years now. The idea has taken several forms - a set of course notes that I provide as pdf, a text that is printed at my institution, or ...
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I am the second author of a book chapter, can I use chapter in my dissertation? [closed]

My advisor asked me to use the book chapter (still not published, but will be published soon I guess) that we wrote with 4 other people. I am not the first author although me and 1st author made the ...
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Can authors email you for free PDFs of their textbook sold for profit

I'm asking just about textbooks that are sold for profit, not free ones. I know journal authors can email their papers or articles free, but textbook? Is Reddit comment wrong? I ask all subjects ...
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Do universities maintain secret textbooks?

Textbooks are highly important resources for course work as well as for research work. Some textbooks are freely available over internet. Some textbooks can be purchased. Is it true that there ...
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How to find ranking of textbooks by popularity used in a course?

Is there a way that I can find the ranking of textbooks by popularity used in a specific course, say Linear Algebra. Here the ranking based on either the number of students using the book (as the ...
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Book chapters and theses in literature review: to include or not?

Could/should scholarly book chapters and published theses (dissertations) be included in the literature review as sources? In theory, those are scientific publications, right? However, those are also ...
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Impact of book chapters [duplicate]

In my PhD, i have 2 chapters published in book chapters published by springer and elsavir. To what extent do you think the importantance of book chapters regarding in the PhD student CV? Does these ...
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How to get citations for my chapter that is in a book-chapter and is accepted and appear later in this year? [duplicate]

I have a chapter in a book chapter that is accepted and it should be published by the end of this year in springer. Is there any way like posting a version of the chapter to arXiv so I can get ...
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How to properly credit other people when writing a text book?

In many textbooks, authors usually write about other people's research results without the type of detailed and extensive citations typically seen in a research paper. Often times without any credit ...
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What encyclopedia to learn? [closed]

As I have easy memorization skills, I thought it would be fun to learn all the facts from an encyclopedia. Unfortunately, I can't find any that meet my criteria: Be made up of a single file (plain ...
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Can the book “Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track” be understood without any prior reading? [closed]

I want to read the book Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track only if I would be able to understand it without first doing more than about a few books worth of other reading ...
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How Long Does Proof Reading Take? [closed]

My Physics teacher is currently writing a book and he provides us with PDFs of his work while we study the chapters. Having read other sources such as Principles of Physics and other textbooks I feel ...
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If I wrote a textbook, or other form of academic material, is it okay to use problems found online?

Lets say I decided to write a small textbook, similar to how people have all sorts of "Learn to Program" books, but for other subjects like Calc, Chemistry, or similar. If I used examples problems, ...
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What do professors do with personal copies of old textbooks?

I've been teaching a few years now and the number of older editions of textbooks is beginning to pile up in my office. There is no policy at my university for disposal of old textbooks. These books ...
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Why do textbooks often include the solutions to odd or even numbered problems but not both?

I've just gotten a textbook (physics) for next year and I noticed that, like many other textbooks I've had, it contains solutions to only odd-numbered questions. From my experience, this is typical, ...
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Value of published (non-english) books for applying in a PhD program

I have published a scientific book (i.e. a text book) alongside with my supervisor (he is an associate professor, by the way). Since the book is not in English and consequently does not target ...
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What is the “books received” section in journals?

What is the "books received" section in journals? Is it the books that will be reviewed later on, or the ones that were not reviewed? Who can send their books to the "books received" section, and what'...
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How can one start as a book reviewer? [closed]

I just came across a question which related to the topic of book review. I wish to know that how can I start as a reviewer and where can I find sample reviews of some non-technical books or novels? ...
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Pros and cons of writing a book review?

I am a postdoc in a biology department. I am friends with a professor in the philosophy department who is the editor of a Nature journal which publishes book reviews. A 150-page popular science book ...
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What rights does an editor of a scientific book have? Can he add references/citations to a chapter written by other authors?

There was recently a call for book chapters (to be published by a reputable publisher), I submitted an article and it was accepted. When I received the proof to review, I noticed that the book editor ...
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Author title(s) and affiliation(s)

What is the correct format to fill out this field in a form? What if the author has no affiliations? Could you please give some examples? Author title(s) and affiliation(s):
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Should I put “PhD Candidate” in a book biography?

I am a PhD Candidate and fortunate enough to be an author on a technical book. Should I put "PhD Candidate" in the biography? The book will persist forever, but that title will not (presumably, I will ...
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Is it acceptable to use working hours to read general interest books?

Every year are published around a dozen of books directly related to my research. By directly I mean on the same topics of my research, normally by authors I am familiar with, and potential reference ...
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Can I ask an author to send me his ebook?

I'm working on my research paper. My subject is quite original and I even had difficulties to find a supervisor. In short, I found a fairly recent book on the Internet (2017), which is exactly what I ...
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My research paper has been stolen on pretext of a book publication deal? What can I do?

I submitted my paper to a supposed editor for publication in a book. He never responded to the emails post my submission of the paper and upon contacting others from the mailing list I found out that ...
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What are the motivations for publishing new editions of an existing textbook, beyond new discoveries in a field?

In many of my undergraduate classes, professors required up to date editions of textbooks. This was across a number of subjects from Computer Science to Accounting and across introductory and more ...
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Structure of book chapters

A few days ago I was approached to write a 10-20 page long chapter in a book in field of mathematics. I did a little research. Authors are well known and no scam there. The issue is that this is my ...
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Can I send my journal article (under review) for a invited Elsevier book (not-to-be-refereed) chapter?

I just got an invitation from an editor of a non-refereed book. Is it considered self plagiarism if I send one of my journal article to the book? The book is hard to define. It is more like a ...
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Is having a chapter in an open-access book valuable as a publication?

So I work in a project where the consortium is planning to write an open-access book with Springer publications. There might be a chapter regarding the work I have done in the project. The editors of ...
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What to write in a chapter of a book?

Recently, I got an invitation from a professor to contribute a chapter in one of his/her upcoming books. I am a novice in this field. I am still a student but simultaneously I do not want to lose this ...
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The Real “Cost” of Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER's) are seeing a rise in popularity in institutions of higher ed, as both colleges and state-and-local governments strive to address textbook affordability and other ...
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Is it legal to discuss exercise problems and solutions for a textbook?

Is it legal for a website to create an entry for a particular book, and add all the exercise problems (not the question completely but just the question number) and create a reddit kind of discussion ...
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What would I do if an editor didn't publish my manuscript?

My paper was accepted to be published as a chapter in a SPRINGER book after it was presented at an IEEE-sponsored conference and gaining a high score form their peer-reviewers. The editor of the book ...
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How does academia handle bookbinding in the US?

To explain further, I have loved books for a very long time. I've always been interested in how they're made, and the possible "illnesses" that can befall books and how one goes about to "cure" them. ...
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What are the best methods for independently publishing an academic book? [closed]

I am a statistician and am thinking of writing a book on variations of regression. I submitted it to one place who said that even if they accepted it, they would pay $1100. That's very little. So I ...
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Can a professor force you to buy a book, for use in his exam?

I'm a first year law student in the UK. For our EU Law class, our professor declared that we must bring an unannotated physical copy of Blackstone's EU Treaties & Legislation 2018-2019 to our exam ...
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Expectations when contacted by an acquisitions editor about a course I teach

This morning I received the email I've posted below, which says it comes from an "acquisitions editor." 1. What should I expect from a meeting if I agree to meet with the rep? 2. Is Kendall/Hunt a ...
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What can I do with like-new, recent-edition textbooks that I'm not allowed to sell?

My employer is sponsoring most of the tuition and fees for my master's degree (in aerospace engineering), including required textbooks. Thus, it is unethical and against policy for me to sell those ...
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Is it okay to post textbook solutions online?

It seems to me, based on two previous stack exchange questions (1, 2) that this is legal, but I'm wondering more if it's "okay," i.e. what do academics/professors think of this? I'm interested in ...
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How to decide on what citation format to use when writing on legal history?

I am an amateur historian who is considering writing a book about the history of Treason in the United States. I have a dilemma with how to format citations. The book, by nature of being history of ...
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Should I send professors money for illegally downloading their books? [closed]

I illegally download almost all the books I need for my studies. While I'm more than happy to give a middle finger to the publisher mafia, it does of course mean that the author of the book is not ...
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Sharing set of exercises in a textbook (the morally right way?)

This is possibly a more general question about copyright, but I think I can specify this question into question about teaching, especially on STEM subjects. I don't know exactly whether I should post ...
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Chances of Being Accepted for a Book Author as a Graduate Student

I recently identified a textbook which is currently looking for authors of chapters. It states "For selected and invited authors" on the website, so I am wondering, if I submit a chapter proposal, if ...