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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

The journal has nothing to "give back" and no basis for demanding payment. As long as the authors still hold copyright the work is theirs and theirs alone. All that is required is a ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

In addition to the excellent answers by Buffy and Anonymous Physicist, I will add a few points. For the sake of completeness, let me summarize the key issues I see here. I am not a lawyer, but I do ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

Is this legally possible for the thief to legally keep the theft (and unpublished) article? A more relevant question would be: Can someone libel me and legally get away with it? The answer is yes, ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

I'll offer a different perspective as to what usually happens when the new journal receives your "duplicate submission". The standard COPE guidelines look like so: I highlight the key step. ...
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Can you include changes based on referee's feedback in a preprint?

Elsevier is explicit that the answer is yes, you may update the material (but not the formatting) of your preprint to match the accepted version of an article, provided that you follow some minimal ...
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Alternative for illegal downloading books

"I don't like the option of illegal downloading, because it's unethical..." At the risk of being condemned, I shall nevertheless say this: not everything illegal is unethical. Knowledge ...
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Alternative for illegal downloading books

For one book at least (Papadimitriou - born in Athens), you might consider writing to the author himself at Berkeley. He might have suggestions for some others, as well. You might even consider ...
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Can you include changes based on referee's feedback in a preprint?

As Anyon suggests, this entirely depends on your agreement with the journal and nothing else. I've seen policies that explicitly say you can, policies that explicitly say you can't, and policies that ...
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Is downloading articles from SciHub legal in some jurisdictions?

I can't read the original language to confirm, but it's possible that the bill discussed here also legalizes downloading scientific articles in Belarus. The bill, passed in January 2023, is named &...
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Is Salary Considered a direct/indirect funding?

I am not an expert, but as far as I have the understood 212(e) 2-year return requirement, the crucial question is where did the money that funded your (exchange) stay in the USA come from. If (part of)...
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Setting up a personal company to take postdoc+permanent position

Being a very productive researcher at a teaching school can be possible and very rewarding. Is research required? If so, you can simply go above and beyond requirements there. You may still be able to ...
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Has any researcher been sued for using Sci-Hub data in their research?

Your question is surprisingly difficult to answer. Why? Because of what it means, in different jurisdictions, to "sue" someone. If, for example, a researcher were to download articles from ...
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Cancelled PhD Study ended my career plans

Aggravating: Yes. But I fail to see what about the situation might be illegal or unethical. Your new supervisor might not know the history, of if they do, they may have decided that someone else is ...
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Is downloading articles from SciHub legal in some jurisdictions?

It seems to be legal in Switzerland, for instance. I asked the same question in the past, after a similar thread.
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Has any researcher been sued for using Sci-Hub data in their research?

I believe it is very difficult (or perhaps impossible?) to track individuals and determine whether they are using Sci-Hub. I think even your institution may not interfere with your data traffic unless ...
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Has any researcher been sued for using Sci-Hub data in their research?

There don't appear to be any instances in which researchers have been sued for using Sci-Hub data in such a manner. I suspect this is not because publishers are uninterested in suing researchers who ...
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Is Salary Considered a direct/indirect funding?

[I suspect that the distinction between direct/indirect funding is one defined in immigration/visa law, and unrelated to the use of the term we academics are familiar with. But in the end, this does ...
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Setting up a personal company to take postdoc+permanent position

Fellowships generally go to people, not companies. If your PI were to hire a company to carry out work under a grant, that would be a very different spending category from the point of view of your ...
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