Questions tagged [publishers]

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

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Respected journal uses only a single reviewer and has a high acceptance rate (>85%); could this be an acceptable practice?

I have recently noticed a failed case of peer review at The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). It is a solid journal in which researchers of astrophysics can present good science without worrying about the ...
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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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Is it worth submitting papers to “graduate” peer-reviewed journals?

I am a first year PhD student in the social sciences at a Canadian institution, and I'm wondering whether it's worth submitting a paper to a "graduate" peer-reviewed journal. This would be my first ...
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How can academia defend itself against journal website hijackings? [closed]

This is fresh off the press:* How to hijack a journal. J. Bohannon. Science 350 no. 6263, p. 903. 20 November 2015. I just saw it and I find it intensely worrying. In short, it appears that scam ...
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How can I judge whether an alternative “impact factor” is from an accepted and genuine source?

So I was wondering whether the SJIF (Scientific Journal Impact Factor) calculation was authentic and accepted. How can someone identify whether an alternative impact factor is generally accepted and ...
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Is there a way to check to which scientific journals a specific library has access?

Is there a way to check which journals are available in a specific library/university? For example, my university library has access to some, but not all, the scientific journals related to Machine ...
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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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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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Is it worth it to master LaTeX or MS Word?

I want to know, if I submit a paper to a journal, will they change the formatting of the paper? For example, will they change the position of the tables or the figures? If they change these, then I ...
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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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“The file is not eligible for Reference Checking and was not processed”

While submitting a paper to a journal of a famous publisher, the submission system added the following link in the top of my PDF file: "Click here to view linked References". When I clicked the link, ...
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Should I change the format of preprint before publishing it as a working paper?

I submit a paper to a journal which allows to publish the preprint as a working paper. After submission, I thought I can just take the version I just submitted and publish it on ResearchGate. But then ...
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Does peer-reviewing for journals/conferences which advertise to attract reviewers; harm one's academic reputation?

I always thought that the way journals elect their reviewers is that probably they or their editors ask some famous researchers to review some of their papers. I mean, reviewers are probably asked to ...
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Why don't journal publishers ask for proof of affiliation?

It seems like journal publishers do not require credentials for proof of your affiliation and identity. There are many places where such credentials are important, but even the most popular journal ...
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How can I tell if an unsolicited offer to publish a book with Springer is legit?

Our team had a paper recently published in Energy and Buildings, and one of us (not the main author) received last week an email from someone claiming to be an editor with Springer. According to this ...
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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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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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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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How should I react to emails from unknown (to me) book publishers?

Since my Ph.D., I have occasionally received emails from publishers (that I've never heard of before) about writing a book. They all seem like mass emails that have my name and some title of a paper I ...
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Can I add more corrections to page proofs? [duplicate]

After my paper was accepted, I was sent page proofs with few corrections to some words and some references. Is it possible to add something to this page proofs. I want to change wording of a line that ...
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Is it possible to change something on a research paper between the period of acceptance and publishing?

My paper was accepted in peer reviewed journal last week and is about to be publishing. Last night I thought the solution makes better sense if I change the definition of one of the variables. This is ...
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Do I need to do revision on my accepted paper?

I just received an email of my paper which was submitted to a conference. The paper submission webpage has the following type of status: active (under review), discuss, withdrawn, rejected, ...
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What does “NN” mean (submitting a proposal to a publisher)?

I recently heard about the possibility of submitting a proposal for a book to the publisher as "NN". I assume it has something to do with the fact that a couple of possible contributors have not yet ...
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How to deal with editors who abuse their position?

I have the impression that the two main editors of a prestigious journal published by a well known publishing house have “confiscated” the journal for their own interests. In brief, they publish ...
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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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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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Are reviewers impressed by a quick response to a request to revise and resubmit?

My colleagues believe that if you submit your manuscript revisions quickly, reviewers will be impressed by your confidence about the issues raised. However, I think that a quick response is not ...
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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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Are academic questions (used in textbooks etc.) owned by the publisher, or is anyone able to use them in their own content?

I am wondering whether mathematical and scientific questions (or any type of question to be honest) is considered to be owned by the publisher? For example, if I see a math question in a textbook, am ...
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What is the best course of action when approached by predatory publishers?

When I receive fishy emails for conferences/journals which seem "predatory" I just mark them as spam and forget about them. (This may confuse my spam filter which would mark as spam legitimate CFP but ...
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Would it be ethical to resubmit a research paper to a different conference, when the original venue gave false informations?

It has been asked before if it is ethical to withdraw from one journal, from which a paper has been accepted, and resubmit to another better journal. I believe that the situation here is a little bit ...
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What does assigning the copyright of a paper mean?

I have been reading that a publisher called WIT Press has the following copyright agreement: http://www.icsis.org/WITcopyright.pdf It has one part that says: We will not withhold permission for ...
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Do colleges/professors sign contracts with educational publishers that require them to use the publisher's learning platform?

I am attending a community college in the US, and one of my professors has made it a requirement to purchase a login from McGraw-Hill Connect, even though our school is already set up with a decent ...
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What open access textbook publishing initiatives are around? [closed]

I am wondering how open access textbook publishing platform is viewed in regard to publication turnover i.e. how quickly can one get published through it, compared to (say) traditional publishing? ...
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Publish a Book Through a Research-Based or Industrial-Based Publisher?

I'm in the middle of writing a book on a subject matter that covers both aspects of the research and general practice knowledge. I'm wondering to submit it to a publishing company that mainly ...
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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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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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Advantages to article submission in LaTeX from the publisher's side

Many journals in my field accept both Word and LaTeX formats for article submission. From the publisher's point of view, what are the advantages of using the LaTeX format for submission? Do ...
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How can I lookup the registering info of an ISSN number?

While applying for an ISSN, applicants are asked to provide publisher name, country/city, contact info and editor name. How/where can I look up an ISSN number to get these info? Of course for a ...
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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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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., ...
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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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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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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 to get authoritative bibliographic information about journals

When I collect bibliographic material, I seem to get grossly inconsistent information. Papers from the same journal are often linked to different publishers, the same journal or publisher is often ...
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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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Is there any general consensus that either Elsevier or Springer is viewed as more prestigious for publishing in engineering?

What (if any) is the general consensus out there regarding publishing in one of these journals vs the other? I am a mechanical engineer, specialising in fluid flow and heat transfer, so would it be ...
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Do any scientific publishers have a stated commitment to authors regarding copyright infringement?

Within the debate of whether science should move to an Open Access / CC-license scheme, or remain with a more traditional scheme where the authors transfer copyright to the publisher, one argument ...
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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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If no revised date is mentioned in the paper, does this means the paper is directly accepted by the journal?

When I am reading papers, sometimes I see statements like Manuscript received October 29, 2012; accepted March 16, 2014. Does this implies that the paper is directly accepted?