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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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Dealing with unprofessional/erroneous textbook and exams? [closed]

Background I am a Permanent Resident living in the USA (CO) and studying part-time at a Christian distance-learning institution which is accredited in the USA and based in Missouri. The course is a ...
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Why are textbook authors often not the most famous/cited researchers?

I am not sure if this is generalizable to all subjects. What I have noticed in some of the sciences, for example biology, ecology, and environmental sciences, is that the authors of the most used ...
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How to compile an index for a book efficiently, if at all possible?

My book manuscript of ca 250 pages was accepted by a publisher. The book contract obliges me to either prepare an index myself or to delegate the task to the publisher, who in turn would hire a ...
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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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Academic publishing: why placing figures on top/bottom of pages in single-column layout?

When you turn in a manuscript to an academic publisher, they may insist (referring to their style guide and publication process) that all figures are placed on top/bottom of the manuscript's pages ...
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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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Reading or listening to audio books [closed]

What's better, reading a book or listening to audio books? I've done a bit research, and most places say that on isn't superior to the other. But I'm not convinced by that, since I don't see the logic ...
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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 ...
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Online vs hard copy, which texts are students more likely to read?

I am wondering if anyone knows of any studies that indicate whether students read online texts more or less than hard copy texts. I am in the midst of trying to "reboot" the intro stats class I teach ...
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Royalties and advances from academic publishers: what should I look out for?

I am an early-career academic in a humanities subject and have been offered my first book contract. The offer is from a reputable international commercial publisher, which has published several recent ...
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How do I read a textbook or monograph with good comprehension?

I’m not a native English speaker but my reading ability is good. However, when it comes to academic books, I feel that my comprehension is slow. What strategies or methods can I use to help me improve ...
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What to do if there is no book about a certain topic?

I am currently researching the foundations of graph theory (math). I have noticed two kind of things in introduction books. There are results seemingly so obvious nobody writes about it. There are ...
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Whom to suggest to publisher for endorsement of my book?

I've submitted the final manuscript for a book with a reputed social science publisher. My publisher wants a list of people who might be willing to provide endorsement for the book. Whom should I ...
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Books/resources for new faculty [closed]

I recently accepted a TT asst prof position in computer science at an elite SLAC in the US. During my job search I perused Karen Kelsky's book "The Professor is In", and I found it very valuable, ...
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Legality and feasibility of digitizing old text books and course notes for private use [duplicate]

I have finished university already some years ago, and am now working in the field of my previous studies. I was always very careful, diligent and organized when it came to collecting and archiving my ...
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Is it ethical for an instructor to use their own textbook in an undergraduate course? [duplicate]

Students in an undergraduate course often have no choice of a textbook for the subject and are expected to buy the book recommended by the instructor. The expectations can be advisory or mandatory. ...
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Is it a good idea to publish a complete open-access solutions manual to accompany my open-access textbook?

It will likely be several years (probably more) before I write a textbook, but it's something I've been finding myself pondering in the back of my mind recently. I would like to distribute my book à ...
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text books - studying [closed]

Is there some sort of source/website that states all the required textbooks for a particular subject? For instance, I'm intrigued too learn about certain subjects however I am no graduate or anything, ...
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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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Does providing textbook solutions benefit the student?

Often textbooks don't have solutions to problems and if they do they are often password protected for instructor use only. Has any research been done (in peer reviewed journals) that looks at whether ...
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How does a departmental library decide what new books to order?

Who decides what books a department (say, of mathematics, at a public university in the US) shall order for its library? Is there usually a formal process? I am somewhat surprised that I have found ...
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Why don't many textbooks have electronic versions?

I'm trying to find a way to buy Doug West's Introduction to Graph Theory but with an electronic edition. I can't find one. What's the barrier for these books being electronic?
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Is there a (text)book on how academia works?

Is there a (text)book on how academia or science works? What I'm looking for is not anecdotes and tips, but actual insights presented systematically, like any textbooks in every disciplines. This book ...
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Should I cite the latest edition of a book?

Before publication, if a new edition of a source is released, should I try and find the new edition or keep a citation based on the old?
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Is it appropriate for a PhD candidate to publish a book?

I have had an idea for a year or two to write a book relating to the research I do. My specific field (in the mathematical sciences) is somewhat niche and no book currently exists that aggregates the ...
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Write a paper based on forthcoming chapter in a book

I have a forthcoming book on a given topic. I would like to extend a section that deals with a significant topic per se into a full (though not very long) paper. Would the paper be desk-rejected? The ...
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Should I use a ISBN or DOI?

I will soon end my work on book about a statistical computing environment and its use in my field. It will require the reader to use the electronic copy alongside with the particular software open in ...
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Is it an offence to ask a professor to share a soft copy of his recent book with me for my semester?

My professor (say Mr. X), a theoretical physicist, is in charge of a course on Math Physics in the undergrads. He had co-authored a book on Statistical Mechanics but he never mentioned anything about ...
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Getting published: writing a book chapter in linguistics

I am an assistant professor of linguistics. In order to get promoted to the associate professorship one of the things I need to do is write a book or a book chapter. I was wondering how I could write ...
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Is solving all of the exercises in a textbook a good idea? [closed]

Is solving all of the exercises in a textbook a good idea? I'm particularly concerned with textbooks on mathematics. I have this obsession that I should solve all of the problems that a textbook has. ...
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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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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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Why are dissertation-based books looked down upon?

I came across the following statement by the Chicago University Press: If your book has its origins in a dissertation, your acknowledgments should not draw attention to this fact, as it will ...
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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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Why would an academic write a textbook for free?

Recently, I became aware of a Java programming textbook Introduction to Programming Using Java, Seventh Edition which is to my surprise, free as in: The most recent version of this book is always ...
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Resubmitting book proposal?

Would it be allowable (or prudent) to resubmit a book proposal to a press where it was once rejected, provided it was revised afterwards? If so, what elements should be different or included in the ...
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Why do math/physics professors publish textbooks? [duplicate]

Does it help their tenure case to write an expository textbook? I'd be surprised if it does, seeing as writing a textbook on, say, quantum mechanics, is not original scholarly work. So why would a ...
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Do you have to have PhD or employed in academia to publish a textbook?

I am interested in publishing a statistics textbook (e.g. through Duxbery, Springer, etc.). I do not have PhD in Statistics, nor am I employed in university or college as an instructor/professor (but ...
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Is it okay to print an ebook downloaded online? [closed]

Good day everyone. Today's era allows us to download an ebook of some books easily using a search engine such as google. I just need your help about the question: Is it okay to print an ebook ...
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Can books be included in literature reviews?

I am still not sure what should be considered as "literature" for inclusion in a literature review and what are not when writing a research proposal. For instance: A research proposal: 500-1000 ...
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As a PhD student, how do I benefit from reviewing a book my adviser is writing?

My adviser is writing a book for a course in computer science he will be teaching next fall and I will be the teaching assistant for that course. He wants me to review the book and go through the ...
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How do you read, learn from, and assess a textbook?

This seems like a vague question, but please bear with me before voting to close it: Often times, when searching for a good textbook on a particular subject (mostly mathematics or physics), I see ...
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Are authors identified by the chapters they contributed to in multi-authors books

I wrote 4 chapters of a book, and three more authors wrote other chapters. I was expecting that each chapter would reference the author who wrote it, but the editor says it is customary not to do this,...
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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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What is an effective note taking procedure? [closed]

I've recently started to use the onenote software to keep track of valuable concepts in different fields of interest. I have constantly found myself dubious during the note taking process. I never ...
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Posting solutions to textbook problems online [duplicate]

I'm interested in knowing whether there are any legal issues (e.g., copyright infringement) in posting solutions to problems of a (paid) textbook. I have mentioned these problems in class and did not ...
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Publishing a book based on long journal article

Recently my article has been accepted for future issue in a prestigious journal published by Jhon Wiley and sons. After accceptance of article I received an email from an other publisher based in ...
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Random access textbooks [closed]

I'm writing a series of study guides for a programming class I'm supporting. The study guides are broken into three main sections: concepts (syntax, mainly, as well as common things to do), skills (...
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Is it advisable to use non-scientific method to teach science courses? [closed]

This question is motivated after reading a pop-science book from a famous researcher about physics and some implications. I find the content very amusing but I was utterly frustrated at the lack of ...
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Is it common for a publisher to offer monetary compensation for a book proposal review?

I received a book proposal review request from Elsevier. Despite some reasons to believe that it is credible, there are a few things that look suspicious to me: A monetary compensation is offered. Is ...
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