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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

Academics aren't upset about not getting paid for refereeing/reviewing - they're upset because journals charge too much. There's really four points in the statement "academics do pretty much all the ...
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Is it ok to show up to a conference without registering if I don't eat any meals?

No, it is not acceptable. You can of course email the organisers and ask if you can participate without paying, but do not be surprised if they say no. (Please note that conference registration fees ...
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Include a mistake that cost extra when asking for reimbursement after faculty interview?

Assuming they liked your presentation, and consider putting you on the shortlist, but are not sure at which position compared to some other candidate; now, reflect, which impression this makes. You ...
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Why do " 'inclusive' access" textbooks normally self-destruct after a year or so?

Rent seeking. Replacing durable goods with artificially consumable goods is very common because it is profitable. Every industry that can is switching to a software-as-a-service model because they ...
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Do conference organizers make a good profit?

While there are certainly some people who organize conferences for profit, every reputable conference that I have ever dealt with (as either organizer or participant) has been run with the intent of ...
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Why aren't there submission fees for submitting papers to conferences?

There is already a strong incentive not to submit a paper that you know has very little chance of acceptance. While a paper is under review for one conference, it may not be submitted to another (...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

Leaving aside arguments for and against the current system, here's what will happen if you --- as an individual academic --- are contacted by a publisher and attempt to charge a fee: You will most ...
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Do conference organizers make a good profit?

I organized several big conferences and my answer is no. You would be shocked to hear the prices for a conference venue, even if the conference takes place in a university. (OK, then the university ...
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Selling/Buying software in academia

You should let your PI know what resources you need to carry out your work, and discuss how such resources can be provided. You should not be footing the bill in the first place, so there should be ...
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Interview not reimbursed if offer is made but not accepted (UK)

This is common in the UK. In general interview expenses are relatively low. Many people take a train in the morning to the university and return home that night, so there might not be any food or ...
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Are there potential consequences for not paying a college fee after I graduated?

Should I just relent and pay the fee? At least from US perspective, you may need a transcript or other official correspondence from your university at some point. Therefore, resolving the problem is ...
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Why do " 'inclusive' access" textbooks normally self-destruct after a year or so?

But I'm not aware of any IA providers which offer long-term access as part of their IA programs. Why not? Apparently because they have found this not to be in their best interest. Companies are not ...
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Fee for Recommendation letters?

Malpractice has legal meaning that does not seem to apply here. So I will interpret your question as "is this wrong". After all, this is not the place to get legal advice. Given the ...
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Selling/Buying software in academia

There is an easy solution. Turn off the services. If your services are important (to someone else), then that someone else will figure a way to finance them. This is not your problem.
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Why pay a fee to have your article (in a subscription-based journal) made open access when you can just put the preprint on arXiv?

If you work in a field in which people use and trust the arXiv, then there's little reason to pay fees for hybrid open access. One reason would be if your funding agency requires open access ...
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Ethics of making students purchase lecture notes

(This answer is based on US university practices. I don't know if it is directly applicable to Canada, but the two systems generally tend to be similar.) It's hard to be sure, but this might be a ...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

In some fields, for some journals, they are paid a fee. [File this as yet another example of "academia varies more than you think"...] This approach seems to be most popular with economics journals - ...
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Include a mistake that cost extra when asking for reimbursement after faculty interview?

I actually made a much worse mistake when interviewing for the job I currently have (I booked the plane ticket for the wrong month), and paid a few hundred dollars out of pocket to make the change. I ...
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When authors from multiple universities contribute to an article, who pays for open-access fees?

Frequently, when a funding agency requires open-access (OA) publications, project participants allot a certain amount of funds to pay the OA fees. And in case of joint paper, it is common, in my ...
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Why aren't there submission fees for submitting papers to conferences?

One reason is fairness. Some papers are rejected because they just aren't good enough, but others could plausibly have been accepted if the deliberations had by chance gone a little differently. ...
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How much does it cost to make a MOOC universally accessible, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990?

The question asks for studies or research, and I don't know of any, but I do have some first-hand experience. Meeting the Section 508* requirements for Web pages used in such a course is effectively ...
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I'm publishing a paper without an affiliation and cannot afford article processing charges. Suggestions?

Is the answer "choose a journal that doesn't charge article processing charges" too simple?
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What is the benefit of 'voluntary page charges'?

The benefits of "voluntary" page charges are much the same as for "mandatory" page charges - you are paying them in order to support publication of the paper. The only difference is that, technically, ...
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Are there potential consequences for not paying a college fee after I graduated?

Some colleges won't send out official transcripts (to employers and such) unless all fees have been paid. You might get "sued" in small claims court in some jurisdictions, which makes it a ...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

Because that's not how it works. That may seem unsatisfying, but it's the answer. It's part of scientific culture that peer reviewing is done without charging, just as it's part of business culture ...
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Include a mistake that cost extra when asking for reimbursement after faculty interview?

When do you need to submit your expense report by? Is it possible to delay submitting your expense report until after they have reached a decision? This may allow you to submit the expense report ...
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When authors from multiple universities contribute to an article, who pays for open-access fees?

There's no hard-and-fast rule on this. If the authors all have roughly the same degree of involvement in the paper (and all of them have similar levels of grant funding available), then splitting the ...
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Is it normal to partially cover fees to attend the conference by PI for postdoc?

In my field (biomedical science) it is expected that grant funds cover reasonable travel. Most often those grants are to the PI of a lab, but sometimes post docs have their own grants to cover travel. ...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

If you do this on an individual scale, as Mark Meckes says, it's basically the same as just declining to review the paper. The journal is not going to pay you; they will find someone else. You could ...
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Are there any known Universities that refuse to pay for paywall access to academic journals?

No University has enough funding to spend on subscription fees for all existing paywalled research articles (e.g., Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices). As a result, ...
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