I have some research ideas and concepts. But I have no time to proceed with them. So I would like to share them with relevant research institutions for further developments.

I don't expect any financial benefit. But if they include my name in publications it will helpful for my career path. That's all I expect by sharing them.

Let me know, if my it is possible, if it is possible how could I contact them. Most of my concepts are based on renewable energy technologies,power,energy storing and power balancing.

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    Usually researchers have more ideas than they have time to work on them. I would recommend starting a website and posting your ideas on there for the entire world to see. Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 14:25
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    Related (possible duplicate): What to do with spare research topics?
    – ff524
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 14:37
  • Are you a PHD student, professor or postdoc? Seeking cooperation is something that depends highly on your research work and your scientific "impact".
    – Alexandros
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 15:00
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    Is this what getting your own graduate students and lab is for? :-)
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 20:43

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It's practically impossible for the following reason:

Ideas have very little value by themselves. The chances that they are original is very low and it's the rigorous test of their validity along with informed discussion about why they work that is worth publishing. Hence, you will struggle to find someone willing to do all the work but share credit.

I don't expect any financial benefit.

Good, because you won't get any, for reasons similar to the ones given above.

Note that it's also unethical because "sharing an idea" is not enough to claim authorship of a paper.

  • Not unethical to share the idea, or to credit the idea's source, but arguably unethical to credit that ax "authorship" unless the idea's exceptional. Note that this is different from how patents are handled, where the idea often is given as much credit as its development.
    – keshlam
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 14:56
  • Thanks for your answer sir.So let me know if I can publish my concept in a journal as a concept pointing out it's potentials. Although they are concepts I know they are really working and easily understandable.
    – Lakmal
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 15:00
  • @keshlam authorship implies active participation to the study and the writing of the paper. So just an idea, however exceptional it might be, still does not warrant authorship. Patents (at least in Europe) also require a formal demonstration of how the idea works.
    – Cape Code
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 15:12
  • Granted, but patents issued to companies (at least in the US) often give equal credit to everyone who contributed substantially to the disclosure, whether they originated the concept, helped enlarge upon it, helped prove it practical, wordsmithed the patent application, or some combination of the above. (Speaking from experience.)
    – keshlam
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 15:19
  • I think many of the points in this answer are broadly reasonable but are stated way too strongly. For instance: "Ideas have very little value by themselves." If by that you mean that the average value of an idea is low: yes. But if you mean that the maximum possible value is low: this is ridiculously false; some ideas have changed the world and/or revolutionized entire academic fields. "'Sharing an idea' is not enough to claim authorship of a paper." Also way too strong: the kind of idea that makes a breakthrough paper possible seems to me to be definitively worth coauthorship. Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 21:02

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