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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How to approach a Book Review Editor

I would like to build up my publication profile, including the writing of book reviews. I am not well-known by any means having just completed my PhD, though I am now working full time (contract) as a ...
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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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How can we find who owns an old book's copyright?

How can we find who owns an old book's copyright today, especially if the publishing company who printed said book no longer exists? This would also apply for other (non-book) publications.
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Paths to specialize in antique book and manuscript conservation and handling

I am not sure whether this is the best place to field this question but I assume Academia is a reasonable fit. If someone is interested, initially as a hobby, in the collecting, cataloguing, rebinding,...
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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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Colaborative book writing

Recently I got a master's degree in Computer Science and now I'm writing my doctorate proposal. Meanwhile, I'm looking to colaborate on book writing within HPC, virtualization, cloud computing area. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 does one determine priority, prominence, and impact with regard to books, rather than articles?

My background is in physics where almost 100% of the scholarly work is reported in peer-reviewed publications. Within that framework, I understand how to determine who has priority regarding ideas, ...
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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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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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The difference in writing style between a book chapter and article in a journal

My discipline is educational technology and I have been invited to submit a book chapter about integrating technology in my region. I published many articles in top refereed journals, but not sure ...
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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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How to write a thesis to transform into a book?

I am starting to write my thesis by the start of August this year. I want to write it in a format so that later I can publish a book out of it. How is it possible? Any suggestions? Also, does this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Defining book co-author

Must a co-author of a book have written literally half? Or can her role refer to significant contributions that actually made the book publishable, such as extensive rewriting and editing, knowledge ...
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Does writing a book improve your chance for getting scholarship for applying PhD abroad?

As you know there are many candidates competing for winning the scholarship for their PhD program, specially the ones who are applying abroad. So, having better skills likely spell to overcome the ...
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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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Book series in bibliography?

At one time I tried to be able to remember obscure journal abbreviations and the like, but recently I started favouring more bulky bibliography entries. So I started wondering if it might be useful ...
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Data Collection in Academia: Insights?

Data Collection is a primary objective in many academic fields and can be approached primarily through three different lenses - qualitative,quantitative and mixed methods. With particular attention ...
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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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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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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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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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A conjecture proved in drafts [closed]

I am preparing my math research monograph for publication. In the current draft there is certain conjecture. This conjecture was proved in my drafts (available on the Web) of the second volume for ...
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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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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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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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Is it worth to split my book into articles and publish them individually?

In continuation of this question: I have written a book with a new mathematical theory. I am an amateur mathematician. I want to publish my book as LaTeX source under a copyleft license. Does it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? [closed]

What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? Note: I am not looking for guesses, but answers supported by citations data. What are some good physics citations databases?
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What is the difference between this “book” and a research paper?

I don't know a lot about the scientific research and its concepts. What is the difference between this book and any research paper? From my understanding of the research world, I know that link....
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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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How to properly credit other people when writing a text book?

In many textbooks, authors usually write about other people's research results without the type of detailed and extensive citations typically seen in a research paper. Often times without any credit ...

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