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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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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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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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Can I Publish a Book Based on my Ph.D. Thesis and Other Practical Findings I Found After My Ph.D?

I have a followup question after getting the answer on the following question: Who Owns the Publishing Rights of my Ph.D. Thesis?. After my Ph.D. I did work both in industry and in academic, and I ...
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Can the book “Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track” be understood without any prior reading? [closed]

I want to read the book Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track only if I would be able to understand it without first doing more than about a few books worth of other reading ...
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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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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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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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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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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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I am the second author of a book chapter, can I use chapter in my dissertation? [closed]

My advisor asked me to use the book chapter (still not published, but will be published soon I guess) that we wrote with 4 other people. I am not the first author although me and 1st author made the ...
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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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Where'd this layout come from?

In the past, I experimented a lot with the layout of my thesis. Until I managed to find a PDF of a standard book layout of some publisher, which attracted me so much that I copied it for my thesis. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the benefits of taking textbook notes?

Taking notes based on the textbook obviously helps to organize and summarize info in the textbook. But if I highlighted the most important areas of the textbook, and while revising I only look at ...
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Is it fair to blame authors for exorbitant book costs? [closed]

Summary (TL;DR): The following's biased; so are there any counterarguments? Please beware that this question concerns only authors who are professors and who also write textbooks. Are authors truly ...
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What is the actual difference between Graduate and Undergraduate texts?

Whenever I open a graduate text (on pretty much everything), I'm instantly overwhelmed as most topics are not well motivated, book reads like an encyclopedia and extremely high level topics maybe ...
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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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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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Do's and don'ts when writing an academic book [closed]

I am currently writing a book in mathematics. I have written a few pages and often stumble upon the question "is this good pedagogy" or is this "good typography". The chances of my work getting ...
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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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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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Textbook that is a combination of other textbooks? [closed]

A, B, C are three good textbooks from the market. An author/professor translates them, taking chapter 1 from A, 2 from B, 3 from C and combining them into another textbook. The content of the new ...
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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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E-books and e-publishing

What options are there, and how do they compare against each other, for digitally publishing (for example, a series of short stories)? In addition to the issue of format management (producing ...
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Value of published (non-english) books for applying in a PhD program

I have published a scientific book (i.e. a text book) alongside with my supervisor (he is an associate professor, by the way). Since the book is not in English and consequently does not target ...
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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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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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Which are the criteria I have to follow to choose a citation style for my book?

Suppose I have to write a book, how can I decide which citation style choose? I know that the most used are APA, MLA, ISO 690 but I don't understand what is the difference and which one is most used ...
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Impact of book chapters [duplicate]

In my PhD, i have 2 chapters published in book chapters published by springer and elsavir. To what extent do you think the importantance of book chapters regarding in the PhD student CV? Does these ...
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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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How can one start as a book reviewer? [closed]

I just came across a question which related to the topic of book review. I wish to know that how can I start as a reviewer and where can I find sample reviews of some non-technical books or novels? ...
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How can I compile a study material of a course in this case?

Last year I was appointed to lecture a Data Structures course in a university in my hometown. The material for making my notes were based on several books, articles and also some material from ...
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When writing a textbook, what percentage of the material should be already known and what should be novel?

When I am reading a textbook, especially on some esoteric subject, I sometimes wonder what percentage of the textbook consists of known, published material, and what percentage is the author's own ...
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How to get citations for my chapter that is in a book-chapter and is accepted and appear later in this year? [duplicate]

I have a chapter in a book chapter that is accepted and it should be published by the end of this year in springer. Is there any way like posting a version of the chapter to arXiv so I can get ...
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Buying books that are out of print [duplicate]

I've just returned the book Principles of Modern Thermodynamics, by Bimalendu Narayan Roy* to the library. It is a terrific book which gave me a much greater understanding of thermodynamics than I ...
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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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Why does a (highly competitive) mathematics department recommend / require lower-level textbooks to work from, [closed]

but the exam questions -- and often, homework problems -- come from the classics, e.g., Baby Rudin, Ahlfor's Complex Analysis, Lax's Linear Algebra. This creates a huge discrepancy in one's level of ...
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If I wrote a textbook, or other form of academic material, is it okay to use problems found online?

Lets say I decided to write a small textbook, similar to how people have all sorts of "Learn to Program" books, but for other subjects like Calc, Chemistry, or similar. If I used examples problems, ...
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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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Duplicate content in multi-volume monograph

A scientist writes a multi-volume monograph reflecting his latest research results. In the first volume a certain topic is presented but incompletely because at the time of writing the research on ...
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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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My article that was cited in a book does not appear on google scholar

The name of my article is Hominin interbreeding and the evolution of human variation and it is referenced in the book "Ingenious: The Unintended Cost of Human Innovation" But this does not appear on ...
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Any way to know what version of a book I'm buying? [closed]

I recently purchased this book from a vendor that is not Amazon, but who listed the same image: ...but this was not quite the same as the book I received, which had a different cover and omitted the "...
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How Long Does Proof Reading Take? [closed]

My Physics teacher is currently writing a book and he provides us with PDFs of his work while we study the chapters. Having read other sources such as Principles of Physics and other textbooks I feel ...
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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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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