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My paper was too revolutionary - reviewers at a top journal rejected it “by simply reading the title”. What now? [duplicate]

Some days earlier, in the hour of contemplation, I made an extremely critical and paradigm-shifting breakthrough in my field and then, I started writing on it for a publishing and many times checked ...
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What steps would an amateur scientist have to take in order to get a scientific breakthrough published? [duplicate]

I would like to know from an academic standpoint on what steps that an amateur scientist would have to take in order to get his/her scientific breakthrough published in a major academic journal/...
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I have a proof of a result in number theory, shorter than the existing proofs. Can such results be published and how? [duplicate]

Actually I'm proving that ∀n∃p∈P|n<p<en. Which is a result similar to Bertrand's Postulate, but with a shorter proof. Should I publish my result? If so, as I'm not affiliated with any Research ...
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What should one do if they've discovered a “breakthrough” but lack academia credentials? [duplicate]

Let's assume someone has a very thorough knowledge of a particular field of science but they have absolutely no formal education in this background. This individual one day realizes a very novel ...
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2answers
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How do I get physicists to listen to something that they do not want to hear? (Not a duplicate) [duplicate]

My words are coherent and intelligible. My arguments are valid and sound. It is nonsense to accuse me of being a crackpot simply because you do not wish to hear what I have to say. Please remove the ...
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1answer
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Conclusion of an Important Article [duplicate]

Let's say I solved a million dollar problem [for instance P = NP] and wrote a paper describing my proof. Let's assume the conclusion starts like this: Proposed algorithm, as far as our analysis goes, ...
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2answers
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Dealing with misconceptions when proposing a new idea as an outsider to a field [duplicate]

I have some ideas related to computer architecture/electrical engineering on which I would like to get feedback from academics. A professor at a university I visited has the belief that something I ...
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1answer
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Peer-review in ‘fully peer-review journals’ [duplicate]

If, after 28 months of waiting and the third request, I within a few hours receive “Reviewer # 1: Sorry that this review took so long. However, this paper does not contain any results of value”, I ...
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1answer
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Peer review for the lay person [duplicate]

I anticipate a lot of scepticism about my question, but I've written a short paper which identifies and corrects what I believe to be a flaw in the way an age old Newtonian problem is taught in ...
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22answers
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What to do when your student is convinced that he will be the next Einstein?

As an adviser, I have found it to be a detrimental motive for a student to focus solely on surpassing Einstein in achievement, for many reasons. One student in particular has busied himself with the ...
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6answers
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I have made my independent research available as a book on my website. Why is it not celebrated by the mathematics community? [closed]

Some mathematicians said that general topology in general and theory of proximity spaces in particular are dead (meaning that no new discoveries appear in this field of mathematics). I have ...
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12answers
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Handling unsolicited proofs of famous mathematical problems

I have been receiving mails from (most probably amateurs), who claims to have proved famous mathematical problems, like the ABC Conjecture or Goldbach Conjecture. But invariably, they all contained ...
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9answers
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How to proceed when a mathematical result contradicts existing literature?

An author has proven an interesting mathematical result, but notices that this result contradicts existing literature. Does the author have to find an explicit error or counter-example to the ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to post one's research on web sites like Math Overflow for “peer review” before submitting to a journal?

Suppose in mathematics, someone finds a completely new elementary proof of a famous theorem and wants his work ''peer reviewed'' on a site like MathOverflow or MathStackExchange before submitting to a ...
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2answers
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What to do with research results while being in high school?

I have written a math paper on combinatorics (a generalization of a math olympiad problem) and am looking to get it published. I believe I have discovered something new (although I don't claim it is "...

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