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When someone cites one of your papers, is it a good idea to send an email to the authors to show appreciation?

Straight answer: NO it's not a good idea Citing someone is (and should) be neither a favor nor a gesture of politeness. So there's no point to send a thank you email. Thanking someone for a citation ...
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Why are academics not paid royalties on published research papers in IEEE, ACM etc.?

The short answer is: we let publishers profit off of our work because many of us are egocentrics seeking prestige. At least it was the major reason at the creation of the modern academic publishing ...
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Is it unethical to edit the text of my undergraduate thesis prior to sharing online?

IMHO it depends on why you want to make it available. If your primary reason is that you want to make information available more publicly, you could produce a "revised edition" of the thesis and add ...
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Will uploading a copy of my paper to Academia.edu harm the journal it’s published in?

Making the paper accessible to everyone who can't look behind the paywall might hurt the journal's publishing company a little bit by diverting some demand. However, it won't really hurt the people ...
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Someone plagiarised my entire paper. What should I do now?

I am a high school student who has worked on multiple (well, 4 to be exact) pure math and CS papers. All of them deal with fairly significant problems, so some of them have been published by now ...
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What are the consequences of using Sci-Hub?

It's of questionable legality, but it's not going to lead to prosecution. For me personally using sci-hub has led to new research results in fields outside of my specialization that will (very likely) ...
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Paper rejected due to short reference list

the editors reject it on the basis of size of the reference list rather than focussing on the quality of the manuscript. I think that's a false distinction. From the view of the journal (and most ...
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Is there any way to do good research without people noticing or follow up on my work?

The prospect of getting "scooped" in extensions to your research project is rarely a big problem, because you always maintain a head-start on others through the period of time it takes for a ...
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How to advertise a paper to increase citations?

Aside from giving excellent talks at important conferences, here are several other ideas. I've seen all of these work (although rarely all for the same paper). Maintain a freely available copy (or ...
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How much do Springer-Verlag authors make per book sold?

This varies substantially, depending on the sort of book, how well the author negotiated (each book involves an individually negotiated contract), the price of the book, etc. Based on one Springer ...
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Criticizing other people's figures on my webpage

I can't even imagine a situation in which criticizing published academic materials on their merits would be wrong or immoral. How would it be different from criticizing someone's selection of an ...
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Is there any way to do good research without people noticing or follow up on my work?

Sure, all you have to do is not publish your work.
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Why are journals used in modern scientific academic research?

Why are so many people publishing [on ArXiv]? You have to be careful with terminology when making statements like that. ArXiv is certainly "publishing" in the literal sense of "making public" but ...
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Why does or did Elsevier make PDFs grey and therefore unfit for printing?

This often happens when a document uses the CMYK color space and the black is set as (0,0,0,100). When you go print in a monochrome environment, the document's color information is converted to ...
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A journal published my private home address alongside my publication. Can I get it removed?

Springer has a privacy policy. It seems to be largely based on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to XIV, point 2, you can request a removal of your personal ...
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is it good for academic path if I publish too many papers in arxiv

No, you shouldn't just submit to the arXiv instead of journals. Articles in the arXiv are not considered published in the traditional sense, and they are not peer reviewed. In fields that use the ...
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When someone cites one of your papers, is it a good idea to send an email to the authors to show appreciation?

No, because citation is a matter of transparency to scholarship generally... No, one does not "thank" someone for citing one's paper. An academic author is obliged to cite a paper when he/...
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Paper rejected due to short reference list

Often, most of the citations in a paper are not work that you directly rely on. Of course you cite a paper if you use their model, their method, or if your model or method or algorithm is a direct ...
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Does translating an article for a magazine require permission from the author?

Translations are considered a "derivative work." Preparation of a derivative work is one of the exclusive rights attached to the copyright holder. If the article you wish to publish is not in the ...
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Is it unethical to edit the text of my undergraduate thesis prior to sharing online?

Is it unethical to make considerable changes to the text No, it's not unethical, but if you make changes it would be useful to include a note or a preface disclosing that that is an amended version ...
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How do I generate an Undergraduate Thesis worthy of publication?

What do you expect from a good bachelor's thesis? The expectations for a bachelor's thesis vary from country to country and from field to field. However, I think the main points can be summarised as ...
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I want to write a blog post building upon someone else's paper, how can I properly cite/credit them?

You have two issues to deal with. If you properly cite and attribute the ideas to the original author, you avoid plagiarism issues. If you don't copy too much, but properly quote, from the paper then ...
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How do I ensure that the colormap shows well in black and white?

Another option to printing in black and white would be testing your figure using a website such as Coblis — Color Blindness Simulator. This way you can upload your figure and see what it would look ...
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I want to write a blog post building upon someone else's paper, how can I properly cite/credit them?

As an example, you may be interested in the morning paper, which does exactly that daily for one paper in systems / software engineering / programming languages / AI. Notably, from the entire setup it ...
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Why are journals used in modern scientific academic research?

First of all, ArXiv covers mathematical disciplines (specifically: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics), not all academic fields. So, the ...
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What will be implications of not publishing officially?

It's difficult to answer this question effectively because it is premised on some incorrect assumptions. Let me begin by correcting them: There is no such thing as an "official" scientific ...
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Is it legal if I print PDF files of Springer books for personal use?

Fair dealing addresses exceptions to activity that would otherwise be copyright infringement, similar to "fair use" in the US. I'm not a lawyer, and don't live in Canada, but it seems to me ...
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Is there any way to do good research without people noticing or follow up on my work?

While I agree with previous comments, I believe that your question indicates, respectfully, a misunderstanding of the scientific endeavor. The entire point of scientific publishing is to have your ...
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Why does or did Elsevier make PDFs grey and therefore unfit for printing?

guifa is correct in their analysis of why this happens, but I would like to note that there is often an easy fix available once you know what is going on and so long as the PDF is saved as text rather ...
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