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How much percentage royalty do I get from Springer (as the paper's author) and how I can apply for royalty payment?

You get nothing: Welcome to academic publishing.
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Why is it acceptable that publishers sell papers they didn’t pay for?

History. In the dark ages (i.e., before the internet), publishers provided a valuable service. If an author has a great idea, they want the whole world to read about it and the best way to do that is ...
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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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Why do errors exist in peer reviewed publications?

People make mistakes. Manuscript authors, reviewers, and editors are people, and people are not perfect. Even if every person involved in the publication of a manuscript catches 99% of all errors, it'...
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Can academics make a living solely out of publishing?

I'm afraid, I have bad news for you. First of all, you can publish without an affiliation. I did publish my first two papers without belonging to any university at all. However, you are not going to ...
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How much percentage royalty do I get from Springer (as the paper's author) and how I can apply for royalty payment?

You get absolutely nothing. When you submitted the paper to the conference, you (very much likely) transferred the copyright of your paper to the publisher retaining just a couple of rights, but not ...
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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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Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?

You could try contacting the editor in chief of the journal to see if they could get the problem fixed. This worked for me when I had similar problems with a paper last year.
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What are the motivations for publishing new editions of an existing textbook, beyond new discoveries in a field?

Publishers want new editions so that they can make money selling copies of the new edition and reduce the market for used copies. The new edition might be significantly updated, but in many cases the ...
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Why do some journal proofs insert dozens of typesetting mistakes?

Because they are incompetent. That's about it, really. But don't lump all publishers/journals as one - the typesetters for one journal might not be the same as that for another journal, even one ...
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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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What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?

There are a number of quite reputable journals that actually do give public "outstanding reviewer" awards, and their value (while not large) is non-trivial. If the journal announces their awards ...
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Can I omit my department's name to express my dissenting opinions?

Your suggestion seems strange to me, and also rather churlish. In the first place, acknowledging a person or organisation in an academic paper does not imply that you share their views or that you &...
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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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Has there ever been a strike of peer reviewers?

Researchers have refused to review for Elsevier, as part of the Cost of Knowledge boycott, which Objects to exorbitantly high prices; and Objects to measures that restrict free information. The ...
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What should I do when someone publishes a paper based on results I already posted on the internet?

I suggest you write a formal letter to the editors of the journal. But you will need to state only facts and not opinions. In your letter, give the link to your Mathematics Stack Exchange post. ...
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Why don't high-ranking journals go solo?

Many journals are publishers' own products, "going solo" makes no sense. It's like asking why Gmail does not segregate from Google. In some cases, professional societies hire publishers to take care ...
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What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?

Actually, I'd be happy just to get some feedback from the editor about the quality of my review. Doesn't have to be every time, but I would really appreciate getting comments when I do a particularly ...
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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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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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How to respond to journal suggestion we get a native-speaker editor when writing seems reasonable and one author is a native English speaker?

While one should avoid antagonizing editors where possible, I think it would be reasonable for you and your coauthors to respond with a matter-of-fact email that includes the following points: (1) ...
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Why don't high-ranking journals go solo?

Actually, some journals do successfully go solo, just as you suggest. A nice high-profile example is the Journal of Machine Learning Research, a top-ranked journal that formed when the entire ...
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Do we really need gold open access if publishers permit self-archiving and sharing?

What you're describing is open access. It's simply a different form of it to the one Springer want you to pay for... There are effectively two-and-a-half routes to open access, with a lot of subtle ...
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I believe a publisher is infringing copyright when reproducing a figure I created. What can I do?

You attempted to use a crayon license, that is, modify the terms of an existing well-established license to better suit your needs. This is frowned upon, because it can cause legal complications. In ...
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Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher?

tl; dr: probably reputable, but they are controversial, and a significant number of academics don't like MDPI. I used to work in publishing so this answer cuts much closer to the publisher's world ...
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Should I submit my paper to a journal that accepts papers quickly?

Quick acceptance (a month) is pretty surprising for many disciplines, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in itself. But if the journal "guarantees quick acceptance", you should be very suspicious, ...
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Why is it acceptable that publishers sell papers they didn’t pay for?

It is not acceptable, and people are taking steps to change things, but the system has enormous inertia and many perverse incentives that must be overcome to make progress. I would like to draw an ...
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Why don't high-ranking journals go solo?

I am going out on a limb here and disagree with Darrin. I think there are plenty of academics who would be both, capable and perfectly willing to run a university- or self-published journal. I think ...
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Journal allows me to choose whether to transfer copyright – why would I do so?

To expand a little on user2768's answer, the text provided by the publisher normally explains the benefits and implications of the different options quite well. If you choose to retain your copyright,...
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Can I omit my department's name to express my dissenting opinions?

It's simple enough: do you benefit from the department and hence (indirectly) from the donation of A.B.? If you want the benefits of being affiliated with something then you should be willing to ...
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