I have graduated from my master's last year. I am very much interested in doing an additional technical master's program and/or a Ph.D. in my field. So, I started applying for both the technical master's program and for the PhD program. In the meantime, I thought of not letting my research interest decay, I started working as an independent researcher. And luckily I got a collaboration offer from a foreign university professor who was a great scholar in my field of study. I collaborated with him from my home and did nearly 8 research articles within a period of 11 months. But at the same time, I was rejected by all the M.sc. and Ph.D. programs I applied. However, my independent research works were accepted and published in reputed IF international journals. Now, I am applying for the winter semester programs, in that case, can I please know whether I can add my experience as an independent researcher to my resume or Cv which I submit to the educational institutions? Please kindly help me in this regard. Thank you in advance.