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Recently my paper is reviewed (by a professor from independent third party) and accepted by a journal. But, my employer allows me to publish this paper only without its name there.

Publishing house is expecting affiliation for each author, i.e. I can not leave affiliation as blank.

What should I write as the affiliation?

  • I would like to give the theory in my paper, which is designed for my employer's business, to my employer for free, but this was rejected because new theory is not consistent with the traditional theory. I just want more people outside world has chance to see this new theory. My issue is that my employer allow me to publish this paper only without its name there. – user14448 Apr 23 '14 at 19:49
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    I believe anyone (including employer) should not own a theory. A theory should belong to publics. I am only the anothor of this theory, but not owner. I wouldn't allow my employer to "own" this theory. Thanks – user14448 Apr 23 '14 at 20:05
  • "I would like to give the theory in my paper, which is designed for my employer's business, to my employer for free" means that I allow my employer to apply this theory for its business for free. – user14448 Apr 23 '14 at 20:08
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    Publishing house is expecting affiliation for each author, i.e. I can not leave affiliation as blank. Link to "automatically move this discussion to chat?" is helpful. Thanks! – user14448 Apr 23 '14 at 20:39
  • I have half a mind to put "International University of Pastime". Too bad iup.edu is taken... – Raphael Mar 14 '17 at 23:08
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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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For completeness’ sake, I mention that another option would be to give your private address as an affiliation. Here is an example for this. Here is another one (affiliations are at the end of the paper).

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