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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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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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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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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Etiquette - send a copy of my new book to the department I earned my PhD within or to my advisor?

I need some etiquette advice. The book version of my PhD manuscript has just come out and I have a limited number of copies (8) from my publisher that I can give to family etc. My dilemma is whether ...
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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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How to evaluate a book, rather than a paper, on a scientific subject?

In academia we collectively evaluate the validity, quality and significance of shorter publications - papers - with a complex system of conferences and journals. With all its flaws, you can get a ...
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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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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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Is it OK to publish a book as an undergraduate?

I am a CS student at 4th year in my university. I have done a lot of real-world projects, worked as a freelancer for many years, and have released a lot of software in use by thousands of people. I ...
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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 there a way to save my students money on a textbook?

I'm considering requiring a textbook that sells for $140 on Amazon. Used copies cost $95 and up. I expect about 60 students to take the course. Our students are not wealthy, and some will skip ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor for a discount on his expensive book?

My question is similar to this - Rude to ask a book chapter. I have bought the first of two parts of a research monograph. The second part is even more expensive (around $150) and in my currency it ...
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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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Prof disagrees with assigned textbook regarding an exam question

This actually happened to my wife, but for the sake of simplicity I'll talk about it as if it happened to me. I wrote a final exam for a university course last week, and a couple days ago I got my ...
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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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As a self-learner, what to do with books providing exercises but not solutions?

Lately I've been reading lots of statistics books. Many of them have exercises after each chapter that I'm eager to solve, but I'm a beginner and can't solve most of them, and those that I think I can ...
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How to expedite? Compensation? University still hasn't provided alternative formats after 9 months

Facts My visually impaired brother attends university ("UNI") in England. In Jul 2017, he requested Alternative Formats. As of Apr 11 2018, UNI's Library still hasn't contacted the publishers, but ...
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Publishing dissertation chapters instead of a monograph

I am at the end of my second year of a tenure-track position (my institution uses calendar years instead of academic ones) with a heavy load of service. This academic year I was assigned to work on ...
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Does an updated chapter in a book count as a new publication?

I came across one of the edited books where authors contribute chapters that was published once in 2010 and the again in 2014. The two different books have identical (or almost identical) titles but ...
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Producing a bibliography by chapter – have one reference in two chapters

I am organising my bibliography by chapter to make for easier reading. However, I have one source that I use in two chapters. Do I just include the reference in the bibliography for this in the first ...
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Springer’s book-chapter sharing policies

Last year I submitted an article to a peer-reviewed book to be added as a chapter. Finally, my article got accepted and it is ready for publication. The publisher is going to be Springer. I would ...
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How thorough should I be when reviewing chapters for a book?

I'm editing my first book and, as part of the process, I have to review the chapters from the different authors. I'm doubting about how deep the review should be, I mean for example If I think that if ...
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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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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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Rules for using an electronic text as the texbook for a class

I have just completed my PhD in Mathematics and accepted a job as a visiting assistant professor. The course I am assigned to teach allows me to pick the textbook I wish to use. I am currently ...
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How common is it that professors have their students write textbooks?

I keep hearing my teachers (high school and college) joke about how professors make their grad students write parts of textbooks for them. For example, one high school teacher picked up a history ...
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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 ...
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What is the benefit of writing lecture notes for an introductory course vs using a textbook?

Background: I am a junior university staff member, and I will teach an introductory course in linear algebra for the first time in a few months. I see that many teachers devote time to writing ...
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Should I say/write the n-word in a quote?

I'm quoting a book (To Kill A Mockingbird) and using a quote where the n-word is used. Later I'm going to have to read that out loud while my teacher also has a copy. Should I censor the word when ...
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Should I use the book that is recommended by the professor? [closed]

My physics professor's course is BASED on a book, so he recommends buying one particular book. The book is good, but there are many other, better books. Would it be a good idea to buy books other ...
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How common is it for academics to write fiction?

I have submitted a few papers to academic journals. I love writing non-fiction articles and long form "literary" non-fiction. I also would love to write at least one novel. None of my fiction is ...
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Giving my article the same title as a published book by another author

I'm about to submit an article to a journal for review. There is a published book (about 5 years old) that has the same title as my working paper. As you might guess, the paper and book are in the ...
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Professor charging class cash for magazine [duplicate]

I'm in a writing comp class and my professor is charging the class each a cash fee for a New Yorker magazine which is part of the required classwork. Is this allowed and is it considered ethical, ...
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Is there any way to find changes between two revisions of a book?

I want to find how much it differs between Pocket Medicine 6th edition and the previous 5th one in scale of percent of words or something similar. I've revised the translation of the book for a ...
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Do people feel free to review a Festschrift as any other book?

In different fields, renowned academics are sometimes honoured with a Festschrift on the occasion of their birthday or in memory of their life. (The Festschrift contains articles by scholars close to ...
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Is using the same topic title as a book title plagiarizing?

There is a well known book "Scientific topic X. Philosophical reflections." It contains a collection of articles on the topic. I am writing a paper myself. To what extent is it allowed to use the same ...
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Is it legal (USA) and ethical to use international edition textbooks? When I pay for a textbook, where does the money go?

Background: I am a student. I didn't have anything in life for four years, and I worked myself silly at times for it. So now I ask - when I pay hundreds of dollars over the production cost (new ...
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Feedback on “book summary” originated from master's thesis

I am transforming my Mater thesis into a book. I need to write a 100 word summary for the same as well. Should I be mentioning in my book that it is an extension of my Master's thesis? The following ...
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Is it legal to have a collection of interesting articles printed for personal use, in the form of a book?

Every once in a while I come across an article whose quality stands out exceptionally in my field of research. While I don't always have the time to read the full paper (usually tens of pages long), I ...
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If an author does not intend to make much revenue from a book, why not make it open-access?

Many authors do not intend to make much revenue from books (textbooks or research books) they contribute to, yet they don't make it open access. Why?

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