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 it bad practice to submit the entire manuscript for an initial book proposal to a publisher?

In a previous book I wrote, I submitted the entire manuscript along with a couple page proposal to a few different publishers. Both editors never responded to me. In my current book, I sent the ...
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What is proper acknowledgment for figure authorship in a book chapter?

A senior researcher, with whom I worked a few years ago, is writing a book chapter. He contacted me to ask what was the latest work of our group on the topic of his chapter. I gave him a few links to ...
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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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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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Is it ethical to ask colleagues to write a review of my book?

I have published a monograph and now would like to see it reviewed by a/some journal(s) in the field. Given that there are many other books they could publish a review on, they might not find a ...
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Getting the best out of a book-reading exercise

A doctorate involves plumbing the depths of a problem and often this involves a lot of knowledge breadth-wise in related areas. Though the latter is provided by coursework, education about a precise "...
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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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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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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 to cite a book that has appeared in multiple versions/editions over the years?

I would like to cite a book that has first appeared in 1976 and has since seen three editions. Book on Google Scholar I need to cite the book in a paper I am writing that will (hopefully) be ...
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How can I tell if an unsolicited offer to publish a book with Springer is legit?

Our team had a paper recently published in Energy and Buildings, and one of us (not the main author) received last week an email from someone claiming to be an editor with Springer. According to this ...
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What figure formatting can, should, or will be done by a publisher?

Background When preparing a final version of a figure, it appears that some changes could be more easily made in a graphics software (gimp, inkscape, scribus, adobe) as opposed to R. Such changes ...
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Being sure of date of publication of a book

I am practicing making citations of quotes and I am currently stuck on publication dates. To illustrate my issue, let’s use this this book: The front pages state the copyright date as three separate ...
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Difference between publishing textbooks and publishing research for acquiring tenure

I've noticed that a few of my professors have written their own textbooks, but they only did so after they had already published many research articles and presumably become tenured at my university. ...
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How to decide whether to publish your paper in conference proceedings, as a journal article, or as a book chapter?

I thought that this simple question has been already asked here on Academia, but it seems to that it did not happen (or, I was not able to find it). So, I will ask it. You have accomplished some good ...
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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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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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Who gets to write book reviews for academic journals?

Some journals publish reviews of newly published books in their field. It's not clear how authors for these reviews are typically chosen. Can you apply for writing a review? Or should you do just like ...
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Open book tests and e-books

Open book exams are exams that are taken in a classroom, with a limited amount of time, but where the student can consult notes, textbooks, and any kind of written material. They are usually meant to ...
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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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How long should a book proposal review be?

What are the expectations, primarily in terms of length but also along other relevant dimensions, for a review of a book proposal? The book itself will be as long as 5-10 papers but the proposal ...
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Any book/guide for university managers?

Academic scholars have written many books guiding managers at different business/industry positions. I wondered that I was unable to find any noticeable book describing the roles of a department head, ...
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Creating a book based on an article (copyright issues)

I've asked this question at math.stackexchange.com, but a comment proposed me to ask this question at academia.stackexchange.com instead. Here is my question: Elsevier explicitly permits me to make ...
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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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The book suggested for a class has bad reviews, should I use it or another?

I 'm at the start of my second semester of college and I don't have any real practical experience with programming, but I have to take a class on OOP that is usually taught to juniors. My OOP class ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Received a book review request, how to know if publisher is credible?

I received a book review request from a publishing company called PACKT. How do I know if the company and book is credible and if the effort would be worthy?
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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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Are there any Books/Guides to developing researching skills for academia

I will be doing an Honours in Commerce next year at a GO8 university. This is essentially a stepping stone into a pathway to academia (or sometimes a resume booster for getting into industry). It ...
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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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Good books/resource on mathematical writing

I am a freshly graduated Ph.D. I want to improve further my mathematical writing (in English, if this matters). I am looking for books/resource that address good mathematical writing. I can find some ...
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Does a chapter published in a book fit as part of a paper-based dissertation?

I've just received an offer to write a chapter for a book that will be published with an important publisher. I was about to say yes, because the topic fits with my dissertation topic and I thought I ...
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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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What can I do with a book summary?

I finished reading a textbook of about 250 pages. For my personal reference, I created a summary in note form of about 30 pages. Formulations are close to the original text with some variation on my ...
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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 are textbooks meant to be referenced?

I'm studying maths, and I've found it beneficial to write my notes as if I were writing a textbook for someone else's self study - forces me to understand the material to some extent. It's of course ...
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Seeking publishing advice for an academic textbook

I have written a new academic mathematics textbook that I think can become popular, perhaps even very popular, as far as math books are concerned (which I recognize in the broader scheme, alas, is ...
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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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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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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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Any book or tutorial about good practices or typical mistakes when conducting scientific research?

Some days ago I read this question: Feynman describing a scientific error and I found it quite interesting. Although it seems naïve it could be a typical mistake made by a beginner researcher as me. ...
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Are there any precedences for sombody being held accountable for a mistake in a textbook? [migrated]

In most modern-day textbooks, especially the ones I've read, a disclaimer is always present which states that the author or the publishing body has tried its best to siphon out all errors, however, in ...
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Chapter in printed thesis vs. journal article

My computer science PhD thesis contains a chapter which is heavily based on an already published conference paper. I have published my thesis online, and fulfilled the requirements for my degree this ...
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What advantages and disadvantages should I consider in deciding whether to publish my academic book traditionally or self-publish?

I am an amateur mathematician. I am writing a research monograph in the field of abstract mathematics (general topology, specifically). Should I publish it traditionally or self-publish? There are ...
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When to publish a book?

I am presently doing MSc (Information Technology) in India. I really like teaching and have a passion for it. Based on my Masters degree I will get a designation of Assistant professor (hope so I get ...