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For publishing negotations I would like to know what a publishing company makes in profit?

Before you sign anything, read Kristine Kathryn Rusch's series on "Dealbreakers" -- clauses which, if they are in your contract, should make you walk away from the deal. For example, here's one about ...
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How to respond to overenthusiastic copy-editing

I think you have to decide what lines you're willing to cross and which ones you aren't. It's your piece; it belongs to you. Unless you have a contract for Work for Hire or something else saying it's ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as "a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image"?

This is a good visualisation which helps alot.
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Single author scientific paper, 'we' or 'I'?

The convention in scientific writing, at least in the hard sciences, is to avoid "I" even for single-author papers. I suspect (but can't prove) that this is why you see so much passive voice in such ...
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How do you write a scientific genus name in an already italicized text?

I've always seen this handled with option #2, which uses reverse italics. For example, in APA: When words that would normally be italicized appear within text that is already italicized, those words ...
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Is active or passive voice more common in scientific writing?

It depends on the rest of your text. I'd personally go with option 2, since it sounds more impersonal and straight-to-the-point, but if you already used something like the first option previously in ...
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If I quote part of an article that itself contains a quote, what do I cite?

According to CMU, you should include the name of the original source in or next to the quote, but "On your references page, you will only list the source you actually read". The MLA, saying "The basic ...
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en dash with space for non-integer?

In a comment under your question, you said that you mostly follow APA style. This is what the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) says: 4.13 Hyphenation ...
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Computer science academic conference paper using "randvar" instead of "random variable"

I peer review many papers; half a dozen this year. If it is defined before the first use (e.g. "For brevity we use 'randvar' to specify random variables, 'logvar' to specify logical variables.") then ...
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Should I re-introduce acronyms in important section and write them out in the section's title?

The short answer is yes. Your job as an author is to help the reader. Acroynyms are useful but they can confuse the reader. Thus, the practice I follow is to use the full name for Three Letter ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as "a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image"?

OK, I finally found it. It seems to vary by journal. Here are ones related to publication of artwork (figures and plots) for Elsevier: https://www.elsevier.com/authors/author-schemas/artwork-and-...
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In scientific writing, what is the protocol for shortening nouns?

Typically, if we are going to introduce any shorthand for a long name (including initializing it), the first time we use it in full and then note the shorter name we will use throughout: This can just ...
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Scientific article: How to say that with our result something could be done but hasn't

I don't have citations, but I've seen a couple approaches to this problem: "One possible application of (this work) would be to..." -- by casting it speculatively like that, using "would be", you're ...
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Should I cite a source that cites an older source?

It depends on your audience and/or publisher. If this is a paper for a class, you're probably fine. But if this is your thesis/dissertation or something you're going to publish, you need to see that ...
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How do I include two prerequisite ideas without a non-sequitur?

I work across disciplines including geology, biology, and chemistry. I currently collaborate with atmospheric chemists, on a manuscript primarily geared for microbial ecologists. As a first general ...
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Should I cite a source that cites an older source?

Ideally you should not only cite both sources (and others like the 1969 a one that credit the 1944 source), but also acknowledge and defend being your discussion in the 1969 explanation. After all, ...
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Scientific Reports - Significant Figures

+1 user37826, that is my answer. I understand you are showing the +/- in the superscript and subscript, respectively, but I don't like this format at all; for one it doesn't give the confidence level ...
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Capitalize "million" when using as a unit

You would write "1 million" or "1M". When abbreviated, capitalization is necessary, but by itself, "million" is lowercase. capitalizemytitle.com explains this: ......
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How to modify the title "All paths lead to hubs: the case of water isotopologues" such that it will be one statement only?

Since, if I understand correctly, the water isotopologues are just one example for spectroscopic networks and since all paths lead to hubs in all spectroscopic networks, the example of the water ...
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Bachelor thesis indentation

Most universities have a style guide that you must follow when writing your thesis. When my wife wrote her thesis, she was required to follow the MLA style guide, which is where the rules for ...
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Are citations the same as references in IEEE?

IEEE uses a style that is common for journal articles and academic works. The citation is the full "description" of the work -- author, title, date, publication, etc. The document you linked ...
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What is the best way to take a theorem from another paper?

Will you ever cite any source for a reason other than to attribute a theorem to it? There are several popular conventions for how to do this, and you may as well use one consistently, including for ...
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What is a DF manuscript?

D.F. are the initials of one of the authors (Steiner). ;-)
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