I am a 16 years old high school student. I want to publish a new piece of work. Writing a research paper is quite difficult for me. If some body has any idea about how to do that then help me.

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    What do you mean of a new piece of work?! You mean an invention or something?
    – user41207
    Oct 9, 2015 at 13:36
  • What is it going to be about?
    – henning
    Oct 9, 2015 at 13:40
  • @henning It is about mathematics.
    – user41736
    Oct 9, 2015 at 13:42
  • I am upvoting this only for the reason that research & publishing, especially in STEM fields, should be encouraged amongst the younger generation. I understand that this is a bit of an anomaly question, since writing a paper requires formal training, but we should still be encouraging.
    – user42055
    Oct 9, 2015 at 13:43
  • @AlexandersWilliam: Research paper is not actually defined within the scope of the high school pupils... You might confirm that any idea needs to be cooked, efficiently, before publication. So the younger generation should wait for entrance to the university, firstly!!
    – user41207
    Oct 9, 2015 at 13:46

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I am glad to know that you are interested in publishing a new piece of work in the field of mathematics. Here is what I would suggest: Look at institutions such as MIT RSI and PRIMES, as well as the Simons/Google/Intel science fairs, and also opportunities in your locality. Look at examples of mathematics reports submitted to them, and then copy that format and write your paper. It may be difficult to submit to an actual journal though for publishing. Academia is a bit brutal, and so it is better to work through the institutions that I mentioned. If your work is actually a breakthrough, then you will still be recognized, and these are good opportunities for students like you.

If not, I would suggest emailing or getting in contact with a mathematics professor (possibly at your local university, and one who focuses in that area of mathematics), and talk to him. Ask him if he would be willing to look over it and send him what you have.


It is recommended that you go through the guidelines of writing an effective paper. Such material are scattered throughout the Internet.

A (very) brief set of general steps to write a research paper:

  1. Ground Work: Do a literature survey of work done related to the work you wish to publish.
  2. Assess Scope: Answer questions like where could your method be applied? Who would find it useful? Is it better than what is done traditionally? Could it improve the community in the field of your work?
  3. Experiment: Apply your method in action. In mathematics, you might have to show the theoretical worth through series of derivations.
  4. Analyse: answer questions like how effective is this method as you claim it to be in comparison to the the ones in the related work? What are its advantages and drawbacks? Can you visualise your results in any form?
  5. Compile: when you feel you did enough of the above, you could put you work together to form an article manuscript you could submit for publication.

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