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As noted by @mankoff in a comment on Does one need to be affiliated with a university to publish papers?, you can use "Independent Scholar": Here is a recent paper published by someone affiliated as "Independent Scholar": dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00171.1


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So we submitted the results to a (medium-to-low-ranked) conference in the subfield. The reviews were quite mixed. Two were rather superficial: One positively and recommending acceptance, one negatively and recommending rejection (actually, the latter one was quite rude). I think having a positive review suggests it might be worth factoring in the ...


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However, given that I ultimately aim for an academic career, I think it might be worth some efforts to get something published. This alone makes me thing that it may be worth the effort - attempting to enter an academic career becomes vastly easier with some publications under your belt. Don't be discouraged by negative reviews - more than one of my ...


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There is no clear answer to this question because it depends on several factors. First, it has to be said that it is a shame if good research is not published. If you get encouraging comments and know what to do to meet certain criteria you can probably assess how much work will be involved and then if you are willing to put in that effort. having something ...


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A good working knowledge of languages is important for many fields of research. Google translate is good, but no substitute for actually being able to just read the article in the original. You don't need to know that many languages for most fields. I recommend that you pick up at least one research language other than English. Which one will be most useful ...


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If you have some knowledge of the source language, you can use Linguee.com to find the best translation of a word out of documents which have been translated (EU commission's texts for instance). Thus, you'll have the word in all its possible contexts. This is very useful for legal or technical vocabulary.


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If you have access to the digital copies, then dump the entire thing into Google translate so you can skim read it. Having done that, it would be a good idea to find a native speaker and get them to check the translation of specific sections that seem relevant on the basis of the automated translations. I wouldn't suggest asking a native speaker to translate ...


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The corresponding author is the author designated to be the first point of contact by readers of the paper. In theory, authors could use any rule they like to decide which author is the corresponding author. However, in my experience, the corresponding author is often the author who has made the largest contribution or an author who has made one of the ...


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I've never come across any rules about this. But I do often write to people to let them know I'd like to include them in the acknowledgements, particularly if I know them less well, and enclose a copy of the draft paper. It's a way of thanking them, especially as they might never come across the published paper, and it gives them a chance to escape if, for ...


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When you list someone in the acknowledgments, you're just thanking them, as opposed to speaking on their behalf or assigning them responsibility (the way authorship does), so I don't see why permission should be required. I've never asked for permission or been asked myself, so it's certainly not standard in mathematics. I haven't heard of it in other ...


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Yep, it may take a while until you are producing texts that you're happy with. Writing is hard! I'll let others advise on mathematical physics, but will recommend two general texts on scientific writing which might be helpful: A useful book for writing articles in scientific fields is Hilary Glasman-Deal's "Science Research Writing for Non-native Speakers ...


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In a comment on the earlier thread, I claimed that a co-author always has the right not to receive credit for work done with respect to a particular paper. I believe this is because there are certain rights and responsibilities that researchers have with respect to publications. Particularly relevant here is the right to receive appropriate credit for their ...


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My personal favourite is this paper by George Whitesides, one of the most significant contributors from the organic chemistry field. Some of his main points: The importance of outlining, i.e. having a good plan for the structure of the paper Start writing early! Your thoughts on how to prepare the final paper could provide useful direction on how to ...


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Most journals have the "instructions to contributors" section somewhere near the end, and it may be the link on their website. Such sections often contain many useful hints that are more general than just formatting the paper for the particular journal, and you can read instructions of several journals even if you do not plan to submit a paper to them now.


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This is exactly the reason why care must be taken when inviting some other researcher into team for collaboration. If he has once been written as a co-author, he has a certain right to block the publication of the shared work. This may or may not be fair. As a result, it is better to invite additional researchers only if they can contribute some substantial ...


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Some resources on writing mathematics, which I assume will be useful in mathematical physics, are: Donald E. Knuth, Tracy L. Larrabee, and Paul M. Roberts, Mathematical Writing, (Washington, D.C.: Mathematical Association of America, 1989), ii+115pp. ISBN 0-88385-063-X. [You can download this (minus illustrations) from Knuth's website: ...


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The purpose of publishing a paper should be the dissemination of knowledge and not merely the attribution of credit to the right persons for its discovery. If the authors Y and Z believe that the work is of any importance whatsoever to the scientific community, it would be unethical for them to NOT find a way to publish it. Such considerations could override ...


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Declining coauthorship is actually quite common behavior in my field (mathematics). It is so common that not lightly do I question its ethics. In most instances I have seen it appears rather borderline, or the ethical questions that it raises are accounted for in other ways by the profession. However, taken to the extreme I think it would certainly result ...


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It seems to me that if authors B and C write in the acknowledgment section that the contribution of person A was sufficiently important that they think A should be listed as an author but that A declined and especially if authors B and C provide a description of the reasons leading to A's refusal which is satisfying to A, in other words if B and C report ...


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I think that you need to distinguish between the case when everyone agrees that X's work requires acknowledgement as a co-author, but X is being difficult, and the case where X is uncertain or dismissive of the level of their contribution. I was recently added, at the invitation of the primary authors, to the author list of an article in preparation based ...


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The only mechanism is that being found out is typically both rather embarrassing and, in case of pre-tenure researchers, can also be very detrimental to career development of the researchers in question. Further, note that being found out is in many fields not as unlikely as you might think. For many more narrow topics, there are only so many researchers ...


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Based on the names I recognize on the program committee, yes, it's probably a good conference. As for which conference will given you better visiblity: Neither! The two conferences attract slightly different audiences. Which audience do you want to impress more? Which audience (extrapolating from PC members and last year's accetd authors) are you more ...


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You should definitely contact your former supervisor. If you do not have his contact information yourself, then you could try asking colleagues at your institution - such as a professor in the same research group. While authorship norms do vary by field, the supervisor's contribution (having the original idea, defining the project, helping you in general) ...


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This depends entirely on the journal's style. They should provide a LaTeX class or template that explicitly identifies how to include the corresponding author's contact info, or if not that, a web page with instructions on how to include contact information. Without knowing which journal you're talking about, I don't think I can say anything more than that.


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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 contract I'm familiar with, here's a first approximation. I can't say for sure how representative it is, but it's at least one data point, and I'd guess it's ...


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Research monographs in mathematics certainly exist, but they aren't the standard form of publication. They are generally not as prestigious as papers in strong mainstream journals, they may be less widely read, and they may be viewed as being less carefully refereed. Some important work in mathematics has first been published in monograph form, but I ...


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I would like to add the following: If there are other, more experienced, persons in the specific field, who would likely do a better job than himself, perhaps it is best for him, for the sake of all the potential readers of the book, to decline the invitation and recommend these other people instead. An invitation is something that is unexpected, and ...


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How could I submit it? The length guidelines are generally for maximum length. You can submit a "long paper" that is shorter than the maximum length allowed for a long paper. I've published papers 25% under limit without any comments from reviewers on the length. If there is enough original research content for consideration as a full paper, you ...


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Yes, this is different from being accepted for publication (instead, it's closer to not rejected). It means they might publish it soon, they might publish it at some point further in the future, and they might not publish it at all. I have no idea what the statistics are, and they may vary depending on the current editor in chief. Here's some background: ...


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When I get an invitation to contribute a book chapter (or conference paper in an invited session), I usually ask myself the following questions: Can I have a reasonable contribution ready for the proposed submission deadline? Is the venue I am invited to a good fit and does it provide the best possible visibility for my contribution? Do I want to invite ...


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It almost certainly won't earn you any money. It probably won't be read by many people. It will be cited by even fewer. The collaboration may lead to future projects together. It may involve a lot of work. You might enjoy the process. Or hate it. It may or may not help your career progression, depending on your field, your career to date, and the posts ...


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To give this an answer: Yes, it is posisble that you are again asked to make major revisions. It's completely up to the editor to decide how many rounds of revisions are appropriate. There's not a fixed number for all the publisher's journals. You'll have to ask someone in your field, ideally someone who's published in that journal before. But it also ...


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Your question doesn't specify how well-adapted the proposed research is to the particular public-health professor you've contacted. I think this is a key issue. Let me explain: Most academics have broad training, some expertise across a wide range of areas, and then are true masters (in some cases, the top ones in the world) in a much smaller range of ...


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Many universities now have institutional open access policies. Most of those policies assert a non-exclusive license to distribute research authored by university employees. Does the university's pre-existing non-exclusive license remain in effect when a restrictive copyright transfer agreement is later signed? This has been considered in great detail by ...


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Many professors take a while to respond to emails. I would give it at least a week before you follow up with her. When you do send a reminder, keep it brief and polite, and send it as a forward of your previous email, so she won't have to go searching for your other message. Reminding her of why you think the paper is valuable could be a good strategy--if ...


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To answer the (original version of the) question in the title: Are scientific articles of public domain? the answer is absolutely not, unless the relevant copyright holders declared it so or that its copyright has expired. Note that public domain is emphatically different from open access. To answer the question in the body: Is it legal for the ...


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To answer the question in the title: free access to an article depends largely on the version. It's almost always fine to post versions on your institutional page. Some journals do have embargo periods, during which you must refrain from doing so. Depending on the field and journal, authors may post one of the following on their institutional website: ...


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As others have pointed out, there is almost certainly no way to change your name in already published papers. In line with the previous answer, I would like to call your attention to initiatives like ORCID and ResearcherID that aim at creating unique identifications for each researcher, so you can collect all your scientific output under a single ID, more or ...


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You follow the publisher's instructions. If your target journal asks for CMYK, you give them that. If they ask for RGB, you give them that. If they (are one of the few IME that) express no preference, then have a think about whether the charts will be viewed more on screen (use RGB) or printed on 4-colour printers (use CMYK).


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Yes it definitely can be done. If you have an idea then do a literature review of the subject and if you have a contribution that builds on the activity in one of the journals you find then publish there. Perhaps also look into doing a conference paper first. See here for the difference between the two. The best co-author for your case would probably be a ...


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By attacking your own proof even stronger than the others do. Seriously, there is a reason why people in your discipline haven't been able to find the answer for centuries. The a priori probability that you are wrong is so high that even when you have created a good looking proof, the a posteriori probability that you are right is way too low. This means ...


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While most of the answers seems to have much confidence in the academic system, I would like to offer another viewpoint. I think it is in fact much harder for an unknown (to a specific field) to present a solution to the scientic community than normally expected. Scientists do screw up and sometimes royally. First example: The infamous Monty Hall problem. ...


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First, make sure you are not really a crank before trying to convince others. Read these common characteristics of cranks. If they apply to you then get professional help. For the rest of the answer I will assume that you have really solved a famous open problem. In the following "he" refers to a typical non-expert claiming to have a solution for a ...


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Leslie Lamport details his history of publishing, including the Paxos paper, on his website. It took eight or so years to publish the Paxos paper. Lamport received the Turing Award in 2013; and Paxos and its derivatives are now at the core of almost all large-scale web-sites (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, ... ).


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The answer is Yes, because I did this, and was actively encouraged to do so. Your supervisor does not own you. If you did some outside work, and you think it's publishable, and your supervisor wasn't involved, the work wasn't building off their lab's work or using their equipment, there's no reason they need to be involved. Now, you might want to involve ...


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Is your advisor supporting you, e.g. as an RA? If so, he might be perturbed that you are spending time and energy on something "way different" from what you are paid to do. Along the same lines, he may also be intent on your completion of your degree program in a timely manner so that he can free up resources, say for another student to enter the group ...



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