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 a “textbook” considered to be an academic work?

A question (mostly) for the tenured ones: Does writing a textbook count as an academic publication? I teach history, and also languages for historians. I was offered to publish a textbook of Serbian ...
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Can I Plan to Write a Scholarly Book in LuaTeX or ConTeXt [closed]

This is a general question only. By now I am only a graduate student, and you might laugh at me for this, but maybe some day I will publish a book. I am considering to use LuaTeX or ConTeXt, but I am ...
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How can I encourage students to ask questions in class

In my field (as in many others), students are assigned articles or textbook chapters to be read as preparation for classes (i.e. the whole class has to read the same set of texts). I encourage my ...
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Is there an equivalent to journal impact factor for scholarly book publishers?

I am considering writing a monograph or editing a multi-authored book. Before proceeding further, I would like to pick a suitable publisher to show them the book proposal. To choose, I would like to ...
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Why don't more academics write textbooks?

For example for an undergrad CS/ECE course, say Intro to Computer Networks, there are about 5 textbooks published by the top 15 publishers in the last 20 years. Why aren't there way more textbooks, ...
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Writing a book: How do you use references?

I'm re-writing my PhD dissertation as a book manuscript. My dissertation includes in-text citations to back up what I'm saying in almost every sentence - (Doe, 2012). My brief review of academic books ...
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Order of author names in a textbook that is to be published

I am currently working on a book with several fellow researchers, and there seems to be a disagreement of how the author names should be listed. The book will be published by a major university press ...
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Complimenting the author of a textbook

In one of my undergraduate courses, I found that one of the required texts was particularly well-written. It is a textbook about computer architecture, and I found that it explained intricate ...
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How to turn a book chapter into a publishable paper? [closed]

I'm a PhD student in the field of operations management. I've just finished writing a chapter in a handbook and am thinking about rewriting it into a publishable paper. How much of the content can ...
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Must one use the © symbol on a book's copyright page when using a CC license?

Most books I've seen released under a Creative Commons license also have the copyright symbol (e.g., "© 2016 by me") plus, sometimes, "some/all rights reserved" listed on the copyright page. Is it ...
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Why are seemingly important topics not covered in textbooks?

I've asked some professors this questions and none of them have seemed to been able to give an answer that didn't lead to both them and me having more questions. To put into context: I have my B.S ...
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How much does a publisher charge authors if they want to make their book open access?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at how much publishers charge authors if they want to make their books (textbooks or research books) open access? I am most interested in the field of ...
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Writing a new book on known methods/algorithms

I am quite young but embarked on a rather new challenge for me: writing a book. There aren't so many books on this specific topic in my field: maybe 2 or at most 3 good references, with the first two ...
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How to suggest textbook improvement to author?

There's a popular math textbook I enjoyed a lot when I was a grad student. Recently I noticed an extension to one of the many interesting exercises provided by the textbook. I'd like to communicate ...
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What subjects benefit from textbook editions?

I've read several questions relating to the (typically US) practice of requiring students to buy up-to-date, expensive, editions of textbooks. I can see why the publishers are in favour of this, but I ...
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How to list the second edition of a book

If an author has published a second edition of a book and he is in his earlier career stage as a mathematician, how do you recommend to include this second edition into the list of publications ...
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Textbook publisher offers to pay me for a comparative review of textbooks

I'm currently teaching a fairly large introductory class, with about 500 students per semester (spread across multiple sections). Recently, I received an e-mail from McGraw-Hill Education offering me ...
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Can the editor of a book add citations of individual chapters to his own citation count?

Supposed someone is the editor of a book, in which individual chapters of the book are contributed by different authors. Other researchers cite individual chapters of the book. Can the editor of the ...
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Book with comprehensive description of (history and operation of) Harvard university

I really am not sure if my question falls under this Stack Exchange forum, but I am going to try. A friend of mine asked me if there is a book with some sort of comprehensive description of Harvard ...
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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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What is the difference between international, economy, and retail editions of textbooks? [duplicate]

I am looking to buy a used textbooks for my topology class. Some textbooks that I am finding online either have the labels international edition, economy edition, or no label at all (retail edition). ...
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How many free copies of a textbook is a publisher typically willing to provide?

Normally I teach a single section with 10-15 students, and a single copy is sufficient. This class will have 3 sections of about 20 students each. FWIW, I am in the United States. I am considering ...
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Do academic publishers advertise new publications by mailing science associations?

I am writing my first book proposal. Most publishers require a section on "market considerations". For example, OUP wants to know If the market is scholarly/professional, reference, or trade, how ...
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When money is discussed in a book, what currency should be used for a book translation covering many countries?

For book translations, what currency does one reference when translating for one language that covers a bunch of countries? What I am alluding to is this: suppose someone is referring to something ...
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Is it illegal to cite books that were illegally downloaded or accessed from a library?

How illegal is it to cite books that were illegally downloaded? If they aren't available in the university library, if you can't really afford the books (maybe you will make one reference in one ...
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How can I get citations for my self-published ebook?

A couple of colleagues and I were thinking about publishing a book in engineering. I have heard repeatedly that people who go with a traditional publisher don't get any royalties, they transfer the ...
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How do citations get counted for a book and for an electronic book?

I am very curious to learn how citation engines work for both books and ebooks. I assume that these computer engines (Scopus, the web of science, Google scholar) take the bibliographic data from ...
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self-publish book in engineering [closed]

A couple of colleagues and I were thinking about publishing a book. I have heard repeatedly that people who go with a traditional publisher don't get any royalties, they transfer the copyrights, and ...
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Could publishing a book on a subject prior to a PhD reflect negatively on me later if it has errors?

I noticed that some scholars in my field are best known for their earliest writing, even if their ideas were later found incorrect. I am writing a book in my area of interest and hope to publish ...
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Textbook has two different versions, which to use? [duplicate]

I've recently enrolled in an Introduction to Computer Science II course in which the professor allowed me to skip the prerequisites.The problem is, I don't have the textbook from the previous course, ...
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Are the ISBNs of two copies of a book the same?

I want to know whether the ISBN of two copies of the exact same book is the same or different. By exact copies, I mean to say same edition, title, publisher, country, price, author etc.
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Doubts about publishing priority

My doubt is this: if I first publish with a serious academic publisher a small book which gives an overall view of my philosophy of science proposal, could I legitimately try to publish afterwards ...
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Is there any value in self-publishing a book as an academic?

Recently, I contacted a publisher about the draft of a book that I wrote about a year ago. I found their advertisement over the net. This is a scientific book that I have worked on for about two or ...
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Found mistake in my professors book: Tell her or publish? If so, how?

I just came across quite a big problem for an interpretation my professor puts forward in her recently published book (a book containing original research in the humanities, not a textbook). I am not ...
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How do textbook authors and professors cook up homework/assignment questions?

I was looking around on the internet and I found some notes with homework appended to them (for those interested, it is math). What struck me is that these questions are not only lengthy, notationally ...
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Citing a book vs citing the original paper

Books often have great overviews of topics and can cite dozens of papers in a single section or chapter and the book author typically cites the original discoveries of many others besides himself. Is ...
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Commercial publication of your PhD thesis

I'm wondering what it is like to publish a PhD thesis commercially? Has anyone done that before? What would the contract be with the publisher regarding sales profits?
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Citing only e-books in Bachelor thesis

I want to know, are e-books (digital version) comparable to physical books in citations? Can I use only e-books instead of real books for finding citations, notes to put in my Bachelor thesis?
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I came across plagiarism. Whom should I inform if at all?

I have been reading a sample PDF of a book by a professor at a research university published in 2007 on the publisher’s website. For some reason the book’s title was not included in the PDF’s footer (...
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Should I make a fuss about small typos I found in a reference book?

I'm currently taking up a bachelor's degree in history at a distance-learning college. Since history is not a popular degree in that school, they don't revise their history books/ modules regularly. ...
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Does publishing books help with PhD admissions?

Say I have a deep knowledge of an advanced technical topic, and have written a book on such a topic. Though this book does not contain any original research ideas, it is a well written and thorough ...
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Writing two different books with some overlap

I am in the process of writing a book on machine learning. I have also been contacted to co-author another book, on the topic of deep learning. The books are quite different, but they do have some ...
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Is scanning a chapter from a library book illegal?

I love to visit the library and read a lot of books. However I am not particularly wealthy and consciously try to limit the number of books I buy for grad school. Besides the cost, there is a chance ...
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Is it worth it to write a book with my advisor instead of focusing on journal/conference publications?

Is it worth it to coauthor a book with my advisor in place of spending time publishing resrarch in journals or conferences? Would the fact that the book is a much larger piece of work contribute more ...
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How to publish thesis as a book after getting most of the thesis published as research articles

How to publish thesis as a book after getting most of the thesis published as research articles in SCI journals. Do I need to get permission from the journals for copyright transfer before publishing ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to transform the draft of a textbook as given by the authors into a final publication (for web or print)?

I wonder what are the actual costs of translating a manuscript of a textbook as given by the authors into a final publication (for web or print). I.e., ignoring the costs of marketing the textbook, ...
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Do books need a URL when cited?

I'm writing my thesis with Latex and I use Mendeley for the citation. When I add a book and specify some attributes, like title, author and ISBN, Mendeley automatically adds some missing attributes. ...
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If a reference/book authored by your professor contains typos, how should you react?

My professor gave me a module on history that contains several spelling and grammatical errors. Should I tell him about this or just ignore these mistakes?
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish a book? [closed]

I wonder how much it costs a publisher to publish a book (textbook or research book). I'm looking for referenced numbers, not guesses. I am mostly interested in the fields of computer science and ...
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What are possible legal ways to obtain a textbook for free? [closed]

I'm not sure whether this is such a great question, and I'm not looking at illegal ways, but is there any way to obtain textbooks for free (legally)? Answers very much appreciated.