Academia Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for academics and those enrolled in higher education. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Suppose some working person has interest in physics and mathematics and he want to publish a paper either review or research, so is there anyway he can publish? Obviously person is not associated with any university so he can not name that.

share|improve this question
You don't need to be a member of a university or organization to submit a paper to journals. You can simply list your affiliation as "independent researcher." – RoboKaren Feb 22 at 1:05
A warning, which you may already be aware of: if a site or journal asks you to pay anything at all to publish your article, be very wary. There are legitimate journals that have page charges (which would normally be waived or reduced for an independent researcher with no research grants) but many pay-to-publish journals are total scams. By the time you're ready to publish, you'll probably have enough reputation on this site to ask about this in Academia Chat (you need 20+ rep). – David Richerby Feb 22 at 2:09
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Yes, is the place for you.

But you can of course also publish in regular journals without being affiliated with a university. Science does not require a formal affiliation, just good ideas and data. If you have the latter, you can publish as a private citizen, an employee of a company, an employee of a government, or with any other background.

share|improve this answer
These days arXiv is decidedly not open to everyone. You need either a history posting to the site, a affiliation that inspires confidence in the editorial board or a endorsement. If the work is good getting an endorsement is a doable thing, but it's not trivial. – dmckee Feb 22 at 2:31
@dmckee Should arXiv reject you, then viXra is for you. Just be aware that there is a small stigma of "crackpottery" from some scientists when regarding viXra submissions, because it (deliberately) has no quality standards. – Mario Carneiro Feb 22 at 8:26
@MarioCarneiro I would say that calling the stigma "small" is an understatement. Many serious researchers consider the endorsement requirement for arXiv a minimal amount of effort that anyone who is actually interested in contributing to math research should be able to put in. – Tobias Kildetoft Feb 22 at 9:04
@dmckee It may not be trivial, but compared to actually writing a worthwhile paper, it is certainly a very minor thing (yes, even if it involves contacting a dozen different researchers in order to find someone who wishes to put in the time to read your work). – Tobias Kildetoft Feb 22 at 9:05
@Tobias Kildetoft: For what it's worth, I put a fair amount of effort into trying to get an endorsement a few years ago (for the manuscript I mentioned here), for example see this 1 June 2011 sci.math post, and I finally gave up. – Dave L Renfro Feb 23 at 20:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.