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Professor reaction to sci-hub articles

Suppose hypothetically I download certain new research articles from sci-hub which I read and eventually liked. Now if I contact the authors for follow up question/discussion, then is it a good idea ...
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Have there been attempts to get around “DeWitt clause”-like license restrictions?

(This is a complementary question to: Has the DeWitt Clause, which prevents publication of named DBMS benchmarks, ever been successfully defended in court?) Several commercial database vendors ...
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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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Can I publish photos or reconstructed drawing of the internal part of a patented instrument?

I am doing a publication using a specific optical instrument protected by different patents. To see how it works I opened it and I have redrawn the arrangement of the optical components. Am I allow to ...
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Taking my research idea outside my paid job

I'm doing a (paid, contractual) remote research internship with a research institute in Germany. My job is to come up with novel ideas, write papers for technical conferences and try to publish them. ...
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What are the considerations when using an advertising slogan, song lyric, etc. in the title of my paper?

I've noticed that in economics and business, people often use catchy or interesting titles for their papers. I was wondering specifically about the use of references to song lyrics, slogans, TV shows, ...
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Should I consider my conference paper as published, if fee is paid but I didn't attend the conference?

I submitted a conference paper some time ago to a trusted highly ranked conference. Strangely enough there's almost no communication from their part, no replies most of the time to my inquiries. The ...
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About legality on self-plagiarism when publishing an article

I found out that a collegue published about 5 years ago a paper in the proceedings of a conference about education in engineering (proceedings has ISBN, but publication has no DOI, in case that ...
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What should I do when my work has been published by my supervisor without my knowledge?

I had worked on a project for my bachelor thesis in 2012 and in 2013, I moved to Germany for further study. Now when I am facing several interviews for Ph.D. and the supervisors ask if I have ...
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What does “thanks x-institute for hospitality” mean in an acknowledgement?

What does The author wishes to thank institute X for hospitality. mean in an acknowledgement? Does it imply that they paid me a hotel or a per diem, or is it enough if they provided me an ...
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Releasing crawled data: Potential legal challenge? [closed]

In many occasions in computer science I saw papers that analyze social network data also released these data, such as http://socialnetworks.mpi-sws.org/data-imc2007.html http://socialcomputing.asu....
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How to treat dual affiliation in a journal article

I am supposed to receive research funds from a Chinese university while I am working for a US university. The issue is that the Chinese university, as a part of contractual requirements, requests fund ...
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Can Journals settle all legal processes related to accepted papers before publication on behalf of authors?

For an accepted paper about to be produced (not open access), the author should agree to terms that all illustrations, tables etc. have recieved permissions from the copyright owner. If the author ...
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Can publisher alter or invent writing and attribute that to the author without consultation?

Is it legal to publish a document under an authors name without the author seeing the manuscript? What if the author's manuscript is radically altered to the extent of say the opposite of the ...
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Is it “fair use” to use figures from a publication in monetized educational material?

Is it considered "fair use" (i.e. legal) to use figures and/or images from a journal/conference publication, in educational material (possibly for a lay audience) that is monetized or monetizable, ...
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Publishers' request on linking their copy of a paper

Continuing How to satisfy the publisher when making an article available on a personal web page? : Copyright agreements of certain publishers such as Springer and IEEE request that if an author ...
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Regarding self-archiving embargos, what is the “official publication” date?

Springer's self-archiving policy states: Authors may self-archive the author’s accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article ...
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What should I do if I think that my former supervisor has published our results without citation or acknowledgment?

A few years ago I worked in a lab as a visiting researcher (something like internship). As the result, I had to write a short report which at that moment didn't look like a proper paper. Recently I'...
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Re-implementing one's own proprietary code as open-source

I wrote some software as part of an internship. It worked well for the task and we published a paper on it. However, because the internship was at a company, not my graduate institution, the code is ...
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Does the ND (NoDerivatives) clause forbid the distribution of any form of text or data mining based on papers with such a license?

I was reading "Your Guide to Publishing Open Access with Elsevier" (URL: https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/181433/openaccessbooklet_May.pdf (mirror)) and saw this table on page 6: ...
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What are the consequences of using Sci-Hub?

A student of mine has told me about Sci-Hub, where people can download copyrighted scholarly articles for free. I have cautioned him that it is illegal, but he challenged me asking me what would be ...
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Permissions required for using an app for a study

What kind of permissions do I need to obtain from the developer of an app if I am planning to use it in a study? The study primarily aims to look at how different students learn mobile games ...
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Is there any regulation governing the accessibility of research papers? (to ensure they can accommodate the reading preferences of the users)

There exist some regulations regarding the accessibility of educational materials (mirror), such as the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (mirror) or the Section 508 (mirror). Is there any ...
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I wrote the code based on a paper's methodology; are there any legal problems with making it open source?

I coded the methodology based on the paper "Free Water Elimination and Mapping from Diffusion MRI" and I am curious if I am legally bound to take permission from the authors or the journal in making ...
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Using company names in research papers?

I'm doing a study about soft drinks showing their effects on a certain group of people. I'm using brand names like Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc. and I wonder if I can use the names in the research paper and ...
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Do Nature journals wrongly claim copyright in their published pdfs?

I just noticed this and I'm slightly confused by a small detail. The Nature Publishing Group states in its Publishing Licences page that the copyright on articles remains with the author: NPG does ...
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Risk to academic reputation by publicly requesting pay-walled articles

The Twitter hashtag #ICanHazPDF has been popular among academics as a method for peer-to-peer exchange of pay-walled articles. Some people call this practice "piracy", and it could be illegal ...
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Steps to take from a paper to a patent?

My question relates to the following thread I posted some weeks ago: How to publish a paper that does not seem to be within the scope of any journal? I have written the paper mentioned in that ...
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License of code accompanying a published article

Given a paper that introduces a new algorithm and upon publication copyright is transferred to the publisher. Is an implementation of the presented algorithm considered a derivative of the published ...
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Is it legal to share an electronic copy of a few book chapters?

I have scanned a few chapters of a textbook (about 10%) and I want to make the electronic files available to my classmates. The reason why I scanned the chapters initially was so that I could print ...
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Publishing and Self-Archiving

Recently I had a paper accepted by a major journal in discrete mathematics. Now the paper is going through the final stages of publication. The publisher sent me a link in which I have to specify the ...
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How to legally re-use images in paper and still continue to use and distribute them in slides?

I have created several figures that are a part of presentation slides. As usual for presentation slides, those were not published in any official proceedings (just the underlying paper, that didn't ...
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Legality of universities posting sections of books online

Something I have noticed in my courses over the years is that in addition to all the online distributions of textbooks (which I understand to be mostly illegal), I can often times find universities ...
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What are author and journal rights after a article submission?

I am PhD student and I had submitted my manuscript by email (the journal has not online submission system) to one ISI journal in November 2014. After one month I asked about the status of my paper but ...
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Has there ever been a successful copyright infringement suit against someone using a small amount of a protected work in an academic publication?

I am familiar with what the US Code says about copyright and fair use, and am specifically interested in actual practice regarding academic publications which use small amount (under 10% of the ...
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What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

In this several times up-voted answer, it is suggested, among other things, that 'if someone using an image [...] that they do not own (it) is inappropriate and should be first reported to the PI of ...
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Has the DeWitt Clause, which prevents publication of named DBMS benchmarks, ever been successfully defended in court?

Several commercial database vendors include an end-user license agreement provision, known as the DeWitt Clause, that prohibits researchers and scientists from explicitly using the names of their ...
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Are there any legal issues with publishing part of an unpublished thesis in a journal?

I have recently graduated and I was wondering whether, after submitting my thesis, there are any issues (legal or otherwise) if I publish parts of my thesis as a paper in a journal. My thesis was not ...
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Can I mention brand names and their products in my research/technical paper?

I want to write a paper on Mobile Screens in HCI, as phones are getting uncomfortably big for users, I want to provide some solution to the big screen phones or how logically state that how small ...
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Can I use someone else's research commercially?

I found a published research paper from the research arm of a company. I would like to use what is presented in the research paper commercially. The materials presented in the research paper do not ...
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Is it illegal to share publications not in the public domain with collaborators?

Back in my university days, I got into the habit of saving papers I had to read to my hard disk. At first I did this simply to organize them more conveniently, and have quicker access to them. ...
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Does publishing a book while employed by an academic institution grant them legal claim on the royalties?

If I publish a book on my research topics while employed for an academic institution, can they claim part of the revenues I get from royalties ? My question is relative to Europe, but if someone knows ...