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Has a publisher ever taken action against a researcher hosting the final version of their own paper?

There's an old paper (15+ years) of mine, with average citation numbers. It's pay-walled. I'd like to just post it on my web site, in its final version. Is this something I might regret? Has a ...
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The rise of LIDSEN Publishing Inc. - how serious is that publisher?

LIDSEN Publishing Inc. is a relatively new publisher that came to my attention a while ago. Their practices (e.g. sending multiple emails per day asking for submissions / special issues / reviews) is ...
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Why does Springer need 85,000 words in a monograph?

I'm dealing with Springer about a monograph proposal. My draft was 80,000 words and they asked me to make it 85–100,000 words. I don't want to bother the editor with a question that is just out of ...
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Why are mega journals so popular?

I would like to ask why mega journals (large journals designed to be much larger than a traditional journal and with a very broad audience, e.g. Scientific Reports, PlosOne, BMJ Open, Heliyon, ... to ...
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Do mega-journals (e.g. Scientific Reports, BMJ Open, Sage Open, ...) have longer peer review durations?

We recently discussed mega journals (PLOS One, Scientific Reports, SAGE OPEN, BMJ OPEN, ...) in our group. One member argued that said journals have longer peer review and processing times than field-...
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Continuous article publishing

Is continuous article publishing (CAP) a good thing? Many journals are making the transition to CAP. It seems to alleviate costs for publishers. Also, I suppose it is a natural thing, in view of the ...
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Long delay after article was "Provisionally accepted"

I submitted an article around July last year to a IOPscience journal and after the first round of revisions I sent my response letter and my article with the suggested changes. Then after the second ...
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Who is the target audience for the $60+ academic books?

I like to read philosophy and some of the books published by academics are sold at very high prices compared to average layperson books. I was wondering who is the target audience/customer for these ...
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Copyright of infographs and where to deposit them?

Recently, a company designed infographs for some of our articles. Infographs could be described as pictured one-page summaries of a research article. The head of the department paid for that service ...
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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

I live in the developing world where most of the population cannot afford to go to university. Unable to pay tuition, I relied on online material to study. However now even that is difficult because a ...
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Are preface and acknowledgement a must-have in a monograph?

The question says it all. To my regret, my monograph, published by a reputable academic publisher, doesn't have them. My only excuse is that I was just having a baby and my only concern was to submit ...
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Validating Journals: by checking publishers or indexing database?

I have recently submitted a paper to a journal and in the website of that journal it say that indexed in SCOPUS and ESCI and etc. In the website of SCIMAGO the name of the journal is available. When I ...
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Is it possible to download HTML versions of articles available on publishers' websites?

I often see that articles on websites like IEEE Xplore and Springer have a HTML version directly in the page and a PDF version to download. I usually prefer reading the HTML version because it is ...
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How long to get permission from publishers before reusing your works in the dissertation?

I have a few works published in the ASME and Elsevier. Those works will be my parts of the dissertation. I was wondering if anyone has experience in requesting permissions before reusing those in your ...
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What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?

As a publisher, every now and then I saw reviews which are so good, I thought I should thank the reviewer with something more than "thanks". What can a publisher offer that will actually be useful? ...
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Why do errors exist in peer reviewed publications?

I found a mistake (not a misprint) in an article which has been published in a very good math journal. According the available data, the article was in peer-review process for more than 8 months. But ...
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Is it acceptable to add the dedication of a chapter in an academic scientific book?

Is it acceptable to add the dedication of a chapter in an academic scientific book? Is there a way to thank the ones who supported me though writing the chapters?
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About Hindawi Publishing Group and its merging with Wiley

For a long time, Hindawi journals had a semi-good reputation in my field. Many Hindawi journals used to be on Beall's list in the past. With the merging with Wiley, however, Hindawi now also falls ...
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Mathematical journals which accept micro-articles [closed]

A micro-article is a paper of at most six pages. The following mathematical journals accept micro-articles: Elemente der Mathematik, Examples and Counterexamples and Journal of Computational ...
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How to deal with collaborators prone to publish in MDPI? [closed]

I am the only person in academia doing a certain research, so several colleagues ask me to collaborate. Of course, I am more than happy to take part in multidisciplinary work, as it tends to be more ...
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Invitation for science outreach - any downsides?

A few days ago, I got an invitation to write an article in layman's terms about my recently published research. The "small outreach journal" is called The Science Breaker. They are a "...
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Should I referee for MDPI journal Mathematics? [duplicate]

As a general rule, when I receive a request to referee a paper from a journal, I do my best to accept it unless I have a strong reason not to. One possible reason is that the journal in question is ...
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How to automatically extract submitted/accepted dates of many journal papers?

I am doing a research of the processing times of papers published in journals in my field. I have noticed that the metrics that the journals advertise (e.g. the Elsevier journal insights) do not ...
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Timing etiquette of asking for update on book manuscript review

I submitted a book manuscript to Springer. The editor told me that it looked great and that they would send it for peer review and would contact me in due course. But I haven’t heard of the project ...
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how to indicate permission when reusing a figure from a published study [duplicate]

This is a follow-up to my previous question regarding the inclusion of a figure in my grant proposal. I followed the necessary steps and obtained permission, which was granted free of charge. I ...
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Is it a bad form to ask for extra complimentary copies from academic publisher?

I've published a book based on my thesis with a reputable academic publisher. It turns out that I have to provide 2 more books to my university than I originally thought - they say for archival ...
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using a simple figure in a published paper in a grant proposal

I want to use a figure from a published paper (in a Wiley journal) in a grant proposal. Since the raw data is not available, I have directly copy-pasted the image of the figure. In addition to ...
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David Publishing Company (DPC) legit or not? [duplicate]

Recently I completed my master's program in ICT from Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan. I have received an email from David Publishing Company (DPC). They wanted to publish my paper in their journal. ...
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Can the integrity of research be affected if the publisher has rights to create derivative works without the author's permission?

This is for a research paper that's presented in a conference and to be published in a book chapter. From an excerpt of the publishing agreement shown below, since the Publisher has the right to edit, ...
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Correctly adding publisher information to BibTeX bibliographies

Certain bibliographic item classes in BibTeX require or recommend the inclusion of a address field which (as far as I can tell) is supposed to contain the city in which the publisher is located. ...
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Why do " 'inclusive' access" textbooks normally self-destruct after a year or so?

Background information (you can skip this) There's a technology called automatic textbook billing, or "inclusive" access (IA). It is also known by many other names. With IA, students are ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to require students to purchase an online learning kit where kit is used for course assessments?

I am taking a course in a may-not-be-top-but-still-decent university located in North America. The course lecturer forces us to pay for an online learning kit from Pearson by adopting all the graded ...
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Predatory journals which are not open access

A curiosity inspired by this answer by user Allure, on a previous question I had regarding how to recognize predatory or otherwise disreputable journals. In the answer, it is noted that journals ...
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UK: Does my institution incur direct costs when I make use of an open access agreement?

My institution has several publisher agreements that allow me to publish open access without cost (to me). What happens when I make use of such an agreement? Will my university incur direct costs (...
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Why does the PRL length limit not apply to large collaborations?

Usually, a Letter in PRL is limited to 3750 words. Yet frequently papers from large collaborations at CERN papers exceed this limit by a lot. One example is the recent record-setting paper with 5154 ...
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Prepositions in article attribution: meaning of "and" versus "with"

I recently found an article cited as "McCleary with Degering, Ind. Eng. Chem. 30, 64 (1938)" so of course I had to look up the original source. Sure enough, that article clearly says "...
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Springer eProofing reminder messages

My paper was accepted to a journal owned by Springer publishing. It took 1.5 years to get to this final stage. After acceptance, Springer waited another 2(!) months to send the paper to proof-reading. ...
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How best to handle financial support for gold OA publication fees?

I just had a paper accepted for publication in an Elsevier journal. It is to be published open access, so the journal has a sizeable open-access publication fee (or "APC") ~$2000. I've ...
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Is it possible to become an editor for a journal in a field you don't have research experience in?

I have a PhD in Materials Science and have published quite a bit (10 papers in >4 Impact factor journals) on surface engineering topics. I have left academia 2 years ago and have been working as a ...
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Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher?

I was recently asked to review for an MDPI open access journal. Is this a reputable publishing company? Their website suggests that they are 15 years old, and only do open-access publishing. The ...
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Paper leaked during peer review - what are my options?

As the title states. I recently submitted a manuscript for one of the flagship journals of Springer. Not long after, I received information that they used my work for their external recruiting process ...
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Can I omit my department's name to express my dissenting opinions?

My full affiliation is: Abacus Beard Department of Underwater Basket-Weaving, Calvin Doofus Division of Ocean Science, University of Watering-Down. A. B. is the name of a big donor. C. D. is the ...
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Is publishing a chapter in a book considered as valuable as a journal publication?

I received an invitation from a Prof. in an highly ranked University to publish a chapter in a book (Computer Science). The book publisher is a well known publisher. As far as I know, the chapter will ...
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What's a ED, EIC, and ADM?

I submitted a journal article for publication and peer-review is taking much much longer than is typical for the journal I submitted to. In the manuscript submission portal there is a link to contact ...
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Does collecting some peer-reviewed articles in a "self-published" book promote it to a valuable scholarly book?

I have two scholarly books self-published in the field of physics. However, some parts of my books have previously been published in peer-reviewed journals and the editors of my books have academic ...
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How much do Springer-Verlag authors make per book sold?

How much do Springer-Verlag authors make per book sold?
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"Expect" Nature publication for PhD?

EDIT: Original title was "Guarantee" Nature publication for PhD? I am currently applying as a PhD student in a group at the intersection of experimental physics and engineering in a rather ...
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Is it legal to post accepted manuscript to GitHub Pages if embargo has ended for personal website?

I have published my article with Taylor & Francis. For the respective journal, there is no embargo period concerning the publication of the accepted manuscript on the author's personal website - I ...
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Preprint to arXiv before submission to an AIP journal, how exactly to modify it after 1) submission, 2) acceptance?

From AIP's Web Posting Guidelines for Journal Authors: For noncommercial free-access preprint servers (e.g., arXiv) You may post the preprint prior to submission and/or acceptance, using the credit ...
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De Gruyter and De Gruyter Mouton: the difference

What is the difference between the publisher "De Gruyter" and the publisher "De Gruyter Mouton"? It seems that the main publishing company name is "De Gruyter", and it ...

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