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Questions related to academic publications including online and traditional journals, books, and conference proceedings.

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Affiliation for a retiree

This question is similar to Rules for affiliation for student doing unpaid research in his/her free time? and Is it acceptable to publish a paper using an affiliation with a former employer? except ...
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Are cover letters sent to referees and should you highlight the contribution of your paper in the cover letter?

How to write a cover letter to journal when submitting a manuscript? In the letter, it is expected that I propose 5 referees. Is this the only reason to write a cover letter? Will the cover letter be ...
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At what point in the writing process should one contact an academic book publisher?

Is it better to contact a publisher early in the writing process so that the editor can be involved in shaping the project, or is it better to submit a full academic book manuscript? In my case, this ...
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When should conferences precirculate papers?

I have been to a few conferences that worked based on precirculated papers. That is, everyone submits their papers in advance and the assumption is that conference goers who come to a given talk have ...
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When and why a scientific technical report is written?

While making some paper search in my scientific field, sometimes I find articles that are not published in journals or conference proceedings, but as technical reports. In my experience, I've never ...
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Simplest way to jointly write a manuscript?

As with many papers in the sciences, there are multiple authors who aren't physically close to each other. I was curious about the most efficient and simplest way to technically share the writing. On ...
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Four papers accepted for publication however not published due to some monetary issues?

I have successfully got my papers accepted in different journals. However, due to some money issues, I couldn't get them published. Now I have my final project presentations. Will it hold value for ...
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Should I include publications where I am a “team member” in my CV

Related to but different from Should I include a publication where I'm only acknowledged (and not one of the authors) in my CV? I'm a part of some publications which officially are written by ...
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Can I put into Acknowledgments someone who is no longer living?

I am finishing a paper which was created thanks to my inspiration of Erik Erikson's work on psychological developement. The paper is, however, in the field of thermodynamics and complexity-science. I, ...
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Updating a preprint when it is under review

I know that preprints deposited into a preprint server should be in a polished state. However, what should happen once it starts the review process? Should those copy-edits be updated on the preprint? ...
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Should I include a publication where I'm only acknowledged (and not one of the authors) in my CV?

Suppose that I've helped other researchers with the statistical analyses for an epidemiological study and therefore I am acknowledged for that in the "Acknowledgments" section of the paper (something ...
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Is it acceptable to publish a paper using an affiliation with a former employer?

Recently I've changed jobs, and consequently the field of research has also changed. But I'm still getting proposals for publications in the previous field, and it is interesting for me to accept some ...
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A major journal in my field is published by Elsevier. How can we move the field to a less objectionable, more open publisher?

Many people complain about Elsevier and over eight thousand are boycotting it, but actual solutions seem hard to find for certain fields- I'm thinking of research areas for which an Elsevier journal ...
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Data publication basics - where, why, how, and when should I publish my unpublished data?

Many researchers have unpublished data. Some of this data may never be published as a manuscript. But I would like to make scholarly contributions of data that I have no intent on publishing, e.g. by ...
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My research work stolen and published as his own by the co-author without my consent

My research paper was stolen by the co-author and published as his own. What do I do? All the data the paper is based on is my own work. I got it accepted in another journal but now I cannot get it ...
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How to write a rebuttal for a conference

What are good practices (does and don'ts) when writing a rebuttal for a conference? For example, for a journal rebuttal letter you can make changes to your paper, and resubmit it for another revision....
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Publishing policies for conference papers

I got two papers accepted and I am just wondering how to know their policy towards publishing my papers also on CoRR. is it fine to publish the same paper in CoRR and in the conference?
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How to act as an editor?

I have been on both the author and the referee sides, but I was wondering how editors approach their task. In particular, to what level of detail do you read the paper you assign to referees, and when ...
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How important are citations when applying for jobs or promotions?

How important is citation count for fresh doctorates? Is this number more important for joining the academia than the industry? What is the importance of citations for someone seeking tenure? Does ...
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When / how should I ask about a manuscript's status in review?

I have a manuscript that has been in review for 60 days. The journal asks for reviews within four weeks. At what point is it acceptable (and not detrimental) to contact the editor for an update? How ...
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Rules for affiliation for student doing unpaid research in his/her free time?

Lets say an undergraduate student does some research in his/her free time and wants to write a paper about the findings. What are the rules regarding affiliation when the student tries to publish? ...
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Different types of conference publications

Consider a conference publishing papers related to any EC/CS engineering field. What is the exact difference between different types of papers published in such a conference, i.e., main conference ...
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Is it beneficial to publish papers not related to your primary research field?

I know there is nothing preventing me from publishing an article in a different research field, but is it beneficial other than for satisfying my own interest/curiosity? Presumably these may be added ...
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How to acknowledge a deceased advisor’s contributions to a paper?

One of my advisors suddenly passed away while I was in graduate school. We had some discussions and ideas about future publications, but he passed away before any of the work was completed. When the ...
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Why don't researchers publish failed experiments?

The following might be a slight generalization for all fields but something I've noticed especially in the field of Scientific Computing: Why don't people publish failures? I mean, if they tried some ...
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How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?

I have recently discovered that several of my papers have been plagiarized in order to create one paper, and that this paper has been published at a conference. I informed the organizers of the ...
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Can I publish the reviews I write?

This is a follow-up question to Open versus Blind reviewing process, and is somehow related to What happens to the reviews that people write for journal articles after they're sent back to the ...
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When should a supervisor be an author?

I understand that in a lot of big-lab fields it is common for the principal investigator to append their name to a paper even if they did not write the paper, design the experiment, or collect data ...
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Open versus Blind reviewing process

A question I have been wondering for a while is if there exists an actual proof that a blind reviewing process (i.e. where the reviewers are anonymous, and the reviews not published) is better than an ...
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Alphabetical author list in non-alphabetical journal

(A followup for this question) Say your field's convention is to have alphabetical-ordered author list. What should you do when your work is accepted to a (multidisciplinary) journal in which the ...
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What does author order indicate?

When you look at a paper, what order to you assume the authors are in? Most important/most work done first or alphabetical? In my group we usually use alphabetic order, but I've been wondering if that ...
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How do you make corrections to a published paper?

What's the best way to make corrections to a published paper? Should I amend the original paper and mention in a footnote (or similar) what was changed and why or prepare a completely separate ...
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Publishing a creative, important result – does it create any real finance opportunities (jobs, etc.)

I often fantasize that when I will get my work to successful end, then I will have new possibilities open – and that maybe I will even receive scientific job offers. The work is obtaining new ...
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Selecting journal reviewers through cover letter

I was planning to use mdpi.com to submit a paper to "Entropy" journal. The journal perfectly matches the area that my paper covers. However, they require a cover letter to five reviewers selected by ...
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Is there a generally accepted format for submitting papers to journals?

I believe in Mathematics and Computer Science journals usually accept LaTeX documents. In fact, the AMS has a number of packages and document classes for just this purpose. What about other ...
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Do journals in general have any kind of policy regarding papers submitted by someone without a research affiliation?

Assuming that there are no ethical or legal concerns involved, in general, how would academic journals handle research submitted from the general public (e.g., if a carpenter were to perform a study ...
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How much should I worry about British spelling when submitting to a U.K. journal?

I'm in the U.S. and have always written in American English. I will be submitting a paper to a U.K. journal for the first time. To conform to British spelling, I've changed the Microsoft Word ...
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Journal publication and acceptance to competitive conferences

My graduate training is in an interdisciplinary field (bioinformatics). I am affiliated both with a genetics department and an interdepartmental program that encompasses everything from genetics to ...
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Is it possible take take part in a research project if I'm not a part of a university?

I graduated with a Masters of Engineering, concentrating in digital signal processing, in particular medical and audio, almost two years ago. I've always been interested in research, but due to ...
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What is the typical time period after which an incoming grad student is expected to start publishing?

An incoming graduate student is typically required to help out as a TA, take courses both related to their research and required by the program, as well as to start reading up on the research topics ...
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Changing mailing and e-mail addresses as corresponding author--which to include?

I finished my undergrad last year and have since been working in the private sector. I'm about to submit a paper with my senior thesis results. Two questions about corresponding author information: ...
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How do you judge the quality of a journal?

A colleague and I recently submitted a paper to a journal with an impressive-sounding name, the "International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Research". According to their ...
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Preprint services other than arXiv (for other fields)

While arXiv is great, it covers only topics in physics, mathematics and computer science. Are there any good preprint storage places for other scientific disciplines?
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Submitting the same research to multiple conferences

I'm aware that it's a violation of terms for most publishers to submit the same article to more than one journal, but I frequently see authors whose papers seem very similar, particularly papers ...
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Submitting a subset of my work to ArXiv

I've been thinking of publishing a subset of my work in fluid dynamics to arXiv. I realize the following about arXiv: ArXiv isn't a journal I would need to be endorsed to submit an article on arXiv ...
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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 ...
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What journals do not allow open access to published material?

An increasing number of funding organizations require publications on the research that they fund to be open access, i.e. available to the public without having to subscribe to a journal or pay a fee. ...
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Is there a good site for holding online discussions of scientific papers?

Many of my computational scientist colleagues used to use Google Reader to share and discuss new journal articles. The loss of Reader's social features killed that, and we have subsequently tried ...