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Questions tagged [publishers]

Questions related to publisher, the one who publishes academic journals or books.

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How to identify predatory publishers/journals

What are the best strategies for assessing if a journal is a "vanity" or "predatory" journal that should be avoided (both for publishing in and reviewing for)? For example, how would one go about ...
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Ways to get free and legal access to research papers as a researcher

I’ve discovered that website like ResearchGate offer the possibility to ask the paper editor to provide his paper for free. Many are collaborating. Are there any other ways for researchers to obtain ...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

One of the most criticized aspects of the current publishing scheme, is that academics do pretty much all the work for free and publishers get the money. Why don't people just charge a fee when ...
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How is a new academic journal born?

We have witnessed (heard or read) about the birth of new academic journals many times. I have a vague idea how that happens: A scientist or a group of scientists recognize the need for an academic ...
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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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What are the profit margins of academic publishers?

With an eye to finding the reasons behind high journal subscription costs: do journals / publishers make outrageous margins, or are prices truly justified by the costs to run journals? In other words, ...
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Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?

I have a paper accepted by a journal of Elsevier, and it went under production for 3 months. Yet the production team has not been able to fix certain problems with typesetting which appeared during ...
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Is it a good idea to cite paper from publisher listed in Beall’s list

While writing the literature review for my paper, I found another paper which is closely related to my research. Unfortunately, the paper’s publisher is on Beall’s List. Hence, I wonder if citing the ...
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Should I accept review requests from dubious journals?

I'm a graduate student with, so far, one published article in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the article came out, I've been receiving increasing amounts of "academic e-mail spam" from people wanting ...
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Does a preprint include revisions made in response to peer review?

This is related to but not answered in this question about the difference between various stages of a manuscript in the publication process. After an author has submitted a manuscript to a journal ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish an academic article?

I am interested to know the cost of publishing an academic article. I do not mean in the simple sense of "what does a given journal charge an author to publish?" or "what does an association or ...
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Who is earning money when users buy access to a research article?

I'm a software engineer, but I used to have to read a lot of papers about neurology. I am slightly disappointed by the high price for access to the full text of research papers. I can understand a ...
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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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Do publishers simply waive their exclusive rights without any resistance?

Assumption based upon my experience from CS: Typically, the business model of academic publishers is to archive and disseminate papers whose authors have transferred exclusive publication rights to ...
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Chapter in printed thesis vs. journal article

My computer science PhD thesis contains a chapter which is heavily based on an already published conference paper. I have published my thesis online, and fulfilled the requirements for my degree this ...
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Why don't academics bypass restrictions on the distribution of their papers the same way as an institutional open access policy seems to do?

I've learned that academics can ensure that their papers can be freely distributed, even when those papers are published at places that require transferring copyright, simply by granting a ...
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Do Springer, IEEE, Elsevier charge a fee for non-open-access journals?

My PhD advisor and lab colleagues think that Springer, IEEE and Elsevier journals non-open-access charge authors for publishing a paper. (They usually only publish in local journals.) All the info I'...
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Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher? [duplicate]

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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Monochrome vs grayscale in scientific journals?

Many scientific journals accept only black & white articles. Does this mean that only monochrome (black and white only) articles or also grayscale (gray is OK) article are OK? The same question ...
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What precisely does “ISI-indexed publications” mean?

I'm currently looking at the requirements of a (Comp. Sci.) job that seems to only take into account "ISI-indexed publications". I'm vaguely aware of what ISI is and so forth, but I'm struggling to ...
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What can cause the date of submission status to change without a change of status “under review” for Elsevier editorial systems?

I have a paper submitted to a journal of Elsevier. From "Manuscript Submitted" to "with editor" took one day; then it was "with editor" for five days, and then "under review". One and a half months ...
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Is it bad practice to submit the entire manuscript for an initial book proposal to a publisher?

In a previous book I wrote, I submitted the entire manuscript along with a couple page proposal to a few different publishers. Both editors never responded to me. In my current book, I sent the ...
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Would my paper be published if I missed the conference due to visa-related problems? [duplicate]

I have two accepted papers in one conference . The problem is that until I have not gotten an original invitation letter, a must to get a visa. I've sent over ten emails to the email addresses listed ...
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Does a master's research project (not a thesis) count as a “publication” for PhD applications?

My master's in mathematical finance doesn't have a "thesis" exactly, but it has a research project where we helped a bank develop a model to help with credit risk by identifying which variables were ...
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Is ProQuest a reputable company?

What are the possible benefits or consequences of submitting my dissertation to ProQuest? My university recommends submitting dissertations to ProQuest. I am wondering about the practices and ...
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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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Why are academics not paid royalties on published research papers in IEEE, ACM etc.? [closed]

I understand that academics are not paid a single dime on their publications. In my field (computer science), IEEE, ACM, Springer, Elsevier are some known journals/publications and none of them pay ...
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Is there any way to pressure textbook publishers to reduce price?

I am an instructor in a medium-sized state school in the USA. The price for the textbook to the introductory math course that I teach just increased. Again. A new, paperback copy costs 170 USD. I want ...
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Why are (galley) proof requests given such a short deadline?

Often the publisher requests to get the proof within 24 hours when it's ready. What are the reasons for making this so short? Do they want the authors to not make too many changes? EDIT: The email I ...
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Can I get a refund if I bought an article that contains a major flaw?

Is it possible to get a refund from a publisher if I bought an article that contains a major flaw (i.e.,one that invalidates the main results or the main conclusions)? Assume the article was bought ...
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What to do if my paper is incorrectly cited in a journal?

Recently I got a cite in a research paper where the author cited my work as [first name] et al, where it should have been [last name] et al. Is there any problem for indexing purpose? should I contact ...
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Do we really need gold open access if publishers permit self-archiving and sharing?

Several well-established journals nowadays allow self-archiving or sharing of articles through an institutional repository. For instance, Elsevier allows immediate sharing of the accepted manuscript ...
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Will I be paid a percentage of the fee that readers pay to download my article? [duplicate]

I am a fresh PhD student and I have a question regarding the scientific publication process. Let's say that I have submitted a paper to a certain journal in Springer, Elsevier etc... and it has been ...
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What metrics are used to judge a mathematical journal's quality?

The metric I see most on the internet and on journals' home pages is the 'Impact Factor'. Are there any other metrics that are considered as important as (or more important than) the Impact Factor?
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Has there ever been a strike of peer reviewers?

I know peer reviewing is done freely and voluntarily, at least I think for the most part, so I am not sure strike is the best way of calling it, but it gives the idea. With all the recent discussion ...
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What do publishers provide to authors in different disciplines?

Discussions about academic publication (for example, the recent Elsevier boycott, the actual cost of publication, open-access initiatives by universities and funding agencies, citation cartels, or ...
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What are the most important points to emphasize while pitching for a dissertation to be published as a book?

An editor for a major publishing house is visiting our institute, and some PhD students will get the chance to have a 15 min talk with them and discuss the publication of their dissertation as a book. ...
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Referencing Springer products: what name to use for the publisher?

For references to Springer products, I have come across a lot of names for the publisher, (and all of those are present in my own Mendeley library): Springer Science+Business Media Springer-Verlag ...
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Can someone really be assigned to review in the APS’s editorial system for over a month without reacting at all and if yes, why?

From observations as an author and reviewer that I made myself and that have been reported to by others, it seems that the editorial system of the American Physical Society (which in particular ...
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Independent publishing of paper resulting from a project

[To clarify I am in an European university, have never published anything] As part of my Masters curriculum in Electrical Engineering I had to do a research project during the semester along with the ...
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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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How to respond to journal suggestion we get a native-speaker editor when writing seems reasonable and one author is a native English speaker?

I've seen this question on suggesting someone get a native speaker to edit and check. But my situation is rather different. Several colleagues and I wrote an article for a special volume of a ...
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How often do publishers sue researchers for copyright infringement for putting their articles on a personal website?

I know that some publishers sometimes send copyright infringement emails to researchers putting their articles on a personal website. How often do publishers actually sue researchers for copyright ...
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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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Are there situations where taking an honorarium for trying a textbook on a class is acceptable behavior?

A publisher for an e-textbook is offering me an honorarium if I try it with a class. My own ethical take on this is that I would not entertain this regardless of the size of the honorarium (which I ...
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Publishing similar/same paper twice? (regarding Economics Letters journal)

I've always been under the impression that you're only allowed to publish 1 result in 1 journal. However, Economics Letters states: For instance, a theorist could submit to Economics Letters a ...
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What exactly is an embargo for a journal?

I was trying to access this article and was told this journal is "embargoed" for more than a year. This is the first time I have seen the term embargo used in an academic setting. This answer talks a ...
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Making latex sourcefiles publicly available by default

Question: where can I find (legal/pragmatic) information about having latex source files for scientific articles publicly available on github? Or, how would you deal with it? Problem description: I ...
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Open Access Success Stories?

A lot of academics like to complain about the academic publishing industry and its questionable practices (e.g. not paying reviewers for their work, overcharging universities for subscriptions, ...
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Can you get statistical data on research paper submissions and publications?

For a class project in machine learning, I am considering building a set of predictors where the feature set includes information about the topic, keywords in the title, the authors, the date, etc., ...