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Academic Interview Question: "What is the title of your second book?"

Background: I watch a lot of YouTube content lately about PhDs, postdocs, and an academic career in general, and one content creator that stands out is the amazing Tara Brabazon. In one of her videos,...
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Why does Springer need 85,000 words in a monograph?

I'm dealing with Springer about a monograph proposal. My draft was 80,000 words and they asked me to make it 85–100,000 words. I don't want to bother the editor with a question that is just out of ...
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How do we distinguish between a fact-based characterization and opinion-based characterization of some academic writing as being pseudo-scientific? [closed]

Suppose that some academic writing is described as "pseudo-scientific" and some people claim that the description is opinion-based. Is it possible that their claim is also opinion-based? Is ...
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I can't come to finish the textbooks I start

Background I decided to pursue Physics independent of my course, a while back. I selected a few textbooks to study for this. And.. I could not come to "finish"[1] them. It's been an year and ...
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Book publishing used anti_plagiarism tool [closed]

Is all book publishing used plagiarism detection? And can i check plagiarism for old book published from two years and get true percent of similarity? Regards
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What is the purpose of textbooks?

I as a student have done various courses at my university and for each of these courses a textbook was prescribed. On the other hand, the instructor provided his notes as well. The textbook was huge (...
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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 cite and reference a book in a research or graduate work if I don't know its license?

Is it strictly legal to cite or reference to books found on the internet in my graduate work or research or not? I don't know their license, but heard about fair use rule or law in the US. The thing I ...
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Who is the target audience for the $60+ academic books?

I like to read philosophy and some of the books published by academics are sold at very high prices compared to average layperson books. I was wondering who is the target audience/customer for these ...
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How can I access specific parts of a solutions manual that is not locally available?

I am currently facing a challenge in accessing specific problems from the solutions manual of a textbook that is crucial for my studies. The manual in question is not available in any library near me, ...
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Is it possible to get DOI from ISBN of a book?

I need DOI number of the book with ISBN 9780723437512. There is a kindle edition so it should have some electronic identification. How can you get DOI from ISBN?
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How long an essay can be?

I was sure that even the longest essays are about 20-25 pages. But Eric Gill's "An Essay on Typography" is more than 150 pages. And here it becomes unclear to me where is a difference ...
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Books about teaching at university following quality standards? [closed]

What introductory books are there for a new university lecturer to know about teaching with quality assurance in mind?
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Can reviewers work on my book chapter themselves?

I am new here, and relatively young. This is my first book chapter, I usually publish articles, and I was invited to write a chapter as a co-author by a colleague. After analyzing what my contribution ...
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Is it normal to be expected to read a 400 page academic textbook in a week?

As a student starting his masters degree, I was given an academic textbook on reinforcement learning, and I was asked to read it by next week by the professor. I just joined his research group. I ...
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How do I cite a book when it seems to have no year?

This is an edge case my mental citation engine couldn't quite handle. I'm entering all my physical books in a database, to do more principled library management (at long last), and I ran into a book, ...
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Balancing reading and college responsibilities

My exams start in three weeks. In three weeks I will reach all the planned obligations, but I have one problem. I bought a book that I wanted to read for a long time. The book has a large number of ...
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Is it acceptable to add the dedication of a chapter in an academic scientific book?

Is it acceptable to add the dedication of a chapter in an academic scientific book? Is there a way to thank the ones who supported me though writing the chapters?
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What will happen to my to downloaded PDFs on springer if I no longer have institutional access?

I'm a high schooler who self studies math. A university in my state (University of Minnesota) is offering college courses to high schoolers so I automatically get access to, and can download, books on ...
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Alternative for illegal downloading books

There are books with scientific content, very broadly cited in bibliography that haven't been printed by any publisher for decades (as far as I am aware). Plus hardly any copies have ever reached my ...
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Offers to include my published paper in an open access book?

I published a paper, and I've been receiving offers from various publishers to include the paper in open access books. What should I do please?
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Do any colleges/universities require professors to provide the library with a free copy of a book they have written while employed by the school? [closed]

Let's say Professor X, who is currently a tenured professor at Y University, writes a book on genetic mutation. Is it likely Y University has a policy that requires Professor X to supply the ...
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Can an author choose the reviewer of their book?

I suspect the answer is no. The problem is, there is a group of scholars who would invariably trash the works of young scholars from a certain school of thought (they already did). My book was ...
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Is it a bad form to ask for extra complimentary copies from academic publisher?

I've published a book based on my thesis with a reputable academic publisher. It turns out that I have to provide 2 more books to my university than I originally thought - they say for archival ...
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Would it be well-received to ask for the LaTeX source of a textbook?

My screen reader has a hard time with PDF documents. As I delve into more niche textbooks, I increasingly find them only in print/PDF rather than EPUB. This makes it difficult to learn when the screen ...
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Listing "Publications" in CV - How to list multiple co-authored book chapters from one single Book?

I have co-authored 2 book chapters on two different topics under 1 Book Title. The Book has a single editor (but not co-author to these chapters), one ISBN and one DOI number. The chapters do not have ...
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Why do " 'inclusive' access" textbooks normally self-destruct after a year or so?

Background information (you can skip this) There's a technology called automatic textbook billing, or "inclusive" access (IA). It is also known by many other names. With IA, students are ...
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Is there a way to save my students money on a textbook?

I'm considering requiring a textbook that sells for US$140 on Amazon. Used copies cost $95 and up. I expect about 60 students to take the course. Our students are not wealthy. Some will skip ...
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What does someone earn by writing a scientific book (apart from money)?

What does someone earn by writing a scientific book (apart from money)? When somebody uses his/her time to write a scientific book, and I am referring to the top publishers. What does the author earn? ...
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Does a scientific book offer something to the author's CV or is it better to write journals/papers?

Does a scientific book offers something to the author's CV or is it better to write journals/papers in order to improve his/her CV? update (24/06/2023): I am talking about the following: Computer ...
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Trouble with exercises and problem solving in graduate math textbooks

Firstly I'd like to apologize if this is too much of an opinion-based question. I do not know where else would be appropriate for such a post, if there is such a place please let me know. I am very ...
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If I want to write and publish a book where I use C++ code for GPUs, what are the steps? [closed]

If I want to write and publish a book where I use my examples with C++ code that I have written for specific GPUs, what are the steps? Is there an infringement, because I will base the examples to ...
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For a student, what is the optimal usage of a solution manual?

During coursework if a solution manual is available for the textbook, it is always a huge bonus for the student. While the student is exposed to a variety of relevant applications and tricks in the ...
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Is it ok for a thesis chapter to start with a figure?

Slightly different to the question here which asks is it ok to put a figure in the introduction of a thesis, is it ok to start a thesis chapter with an illustration like a figure or table? An even ...
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Appropriate recognition for contribution to a book

I am a PhD student and my supervisor has asked me to make some significant contributions to a book which he is trying to publish. He has asked me to proofread the book (English is my native language ...
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Is publishing a chapter in a book considered as valuable as a journal publication?

I received an invitation from a Prof. in an highly ranked University to publish a chapter in a book (Computer Science). The book publisher is a well known publisher. As far as I know, the chapter will ...
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What factors do distinguish undergrad physics textbooks and grad physics textbooks?

I'm an math student pursuing to Master's degree, and I'm taking physics classes as an auditor. (My campus marks them "applied math" and "applied physics", but I don't think that ...
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How long does Springer give reviewers to peer-review an original book?

It can take months for articles in journals. But a proportional amount of time would make it years for a book, so that cannot be it. Does anyone have a ballpark recent figure for a 90,000 word ...
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Does collecting some peer-reviewed articles in a "self-published" book promote it to a valuable scholarly book?

I have two scholarly books self-published in the field of physics. However, some parts of my books have previously been published in peer-reviewed journals and the editors of my books have academic ...
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Is it ethical to profit by having my students buy my textbook?

This question was suggested to me by How can I sell my text book to my students in e-book format? which asked about the practicalities but attracted many comments about the ethics. So this question is ...
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In google scholar my book and its 2.5k citations is assigned to the wrong author: what can I do?

In 2008, myself, Bill Langdon and Nic McPhee wrote a book entitled "A field guide to genetic programming". We made it freely available on the internet so as to maximally benefit the field of ...
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What are some good resources to adapt oneself to academia and its customs? [closed]

I am an engineer in Academia, coming from a Master's degree that is pretty distant from Academia. I am ten months into my job and I still feel a bit distant about Academia, scientific research and the ...
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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 correctly write ordinal numbers in a scientific thesis?

I'm wrtiting my Master of Science thesis in Aerospace Engineering and I've a doubt about wrtiting of ordinal numbers? Let' us consider the following alternatives:$i$th, $i$-th. What is the correct ...
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If I publish my PhD thesis chapters, can my thesis be later still published as a monograph

My supervisor told me that it is not required to publish my papers before submitting my thesis. We are required (in German universities), however, to published our monograph thesis later as a book. ...
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How should a textbook structure its answer key to minimise contamination of the student's memory?

I read many textbooks (mainly multichoice questions or short answers) and they seem to put all the answers together and that seems bad because the student can't do a section without seeing the answers ...
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I want to cite a theorem from a book written by influential scientists. However the theorem is not proven in the book. Should I add a proof of my own?

I want to cite a theorem from a book written by two computer scientist that I consider to be influential and renowned. If you want the specifics, I want to cite Theorem 11.8 from the book ...
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How often do popular academic books use unacknowledged ghost writers and is this a form of fraud or plagiarism?

My impression is that the use of ghostwriters is common and sort of accepted / an open secret in some contexts (e.g. books by celebrities or politicians). I'm curious if others have that impression, ...
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Is it ethical to use an illegal pdf of a book that you bought?

Let’s say the situation is this: you bought a physical copy of a textbook, and for whatever reason you want to view a pdf version of said book, maybe so that you don’t have to carry it around, etc., ...
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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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