Questions tagged [independent-researcher]

An independent researcher is not affiliated with any university or academic institution, and does not receive grants from any such institutions.

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How to broadly assess the state of research for a topic? [duplicate]

This is coming from a non-PhD, please help me out: If I have a broad interest in a topic, and I want to assess what are the current (in the last 5 years I guess) high-impact research done in said ...
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Is a hybrid career possible in academia

I m rounding the corner of my PhD and wanted to have the semblance of a plan for next steps as I close out my degree. I came from industry so I have a grasp of the pros and cons on that front. I also ...
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Is it possible (practically, in real life) to pursue two very distinct research interests (e.g. in AI and theoretical physics)? [closed]

TL;DR: Is it possible to pursue applied research in AI and theoretical physics after a PhD degree in CS focusing on applied AI (as a professor at some universities)? Long version: Hello, I'm a 3rd ...
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Independent researcher reaching out to academia for help

I am an independent researcher and have spent the past year writing a fairly extensive (60+ pages) research paper on a topic in probability/statistics. The paper is almost complete but there are a ...
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How do I publish the work of my elderly father, a “fringe” scientist? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out the best way to publish my elderly father's life work. He says he would be considered a "fringe" scientist or an independent researcher. Should we self-publish? The ...
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How to generate credible research in a non-academic setting [closed]

How is research normally done in corporate settings or other settings outside of an academic environment? More importantly how do you get the research to be given credit to you by those in the ...
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Asking A Colleague for a Letter of Recommendation

I am working as an Assistant Professor at a university for over 2 years, but I am not happy with my current job and university. I want to apply to a university in another country (from where I've done ...
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Finding related result in mathematics

Assume that I have a math problem, I want to find results, theorems (as much as I could find, in maximum number) relevant to the problem, how can I do that efficiently? For example, one way could be ...
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Does it make sense to “pause” an academic career so that I can pursue financial independence and self-fund my research?

I graduated with a bachelor’s in the humanities last year. I would have preferred to continue studying, but I don’t have the money, and I have found very few opportunities for full funding where I ...
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How should an independent researcher introduce him/herself in his/her to be submitted articles? [duplicate]

As we all know, all academic professors or students who want to submit an article (research or review) to a journal should write their affiliations (their institute name and job there) on the first ...
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Finding an advisor without enrolling into a university

I want to break into academia by becoming a PhD student of computer science. However, I need publications and letters of recommendation in order to strengthen my application. The ordinary way of doing ...
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As someone outside academia, how can I get my math paper peer reviewed?

I have written a math paper and I think/hope it is ready for peer review. I am 40+ years removed from academia and have no access to 'publications' but I have learned from my many re-writes and I have ...
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How do I start an initial conversation with a professor to ask them to let me work in their group as a graduated student

I got my master's in Computer Science 3 years ago. I had a poor GPA of 3.3/4. I wanted to get a job back then and I was not that interested in the coursework. I am currently working as a software ...
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Contributing to open research in 2020 [closed]

I am interested in getting into a research oriented role in future and would really like to learn more about the process and gain experience by being part of it. Can someone please share any ...
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Independent research after grad school while holding a somehow unrelated career. What are the potential caveats or problems?

I recently graduated from a master's degree while working on an interesting but niche intersection of machine learning and biology. This area is of my personal interest and I believe it can impact the ...
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Where can I pay professional researchers online to verify my results and answer my questions? [duplicate]

I am looking for professional help to verify some results I am working on and maintaining in a write-up. However, I can't get anyone for free since I was forced to leave my old university, Case ...
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Could it be possible to answer a new research question with the help of literature review? Could this be published at a symposium? [closed]

I am a master student and my university didn't teach us econometrics, but I am doing self study. So, right now I am not adept at and could handle large time series data. But I sent an abstract to a ...
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As a postdoc, I made progress on a project that I was supposed to do during my PhD. I am regretting the time spent on my PhD [closed]

When I joined my computational modeling lab as a PhD student, I was supposed to work on a topic that I was very much interested in. I spent 2 years of trying, but couldn't show any progress. I became ...
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What to do when I’m not affiliated with an academic institution and submitting a manuscript? [duplicate]

I am seeking to re-establish my research career after a 7-year career break. The first step involves submitting a paper to a peer reviewed journal which reports a study that was conducted 7 years ago. ...
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Are there any (online) communities for independent researchers?

Perhaps a bit of background on myself is useful in this case. I've obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in pure mathematics and applied mathematics, respectively. Although I would like to do a ...
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How do you deal with the ridiculous catch 22 to get into grad school [closed]

I have applied for a second round of 100% rejections and needless to say I am not feeling great about it. What I am especially angry/frustrated about is that neat little sentence every rejection ...
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How can I publish an academic paper independent of work while working at a company?

I have been working on some independent research for a few years now, and I'm finally at the point where I'm seriously considering publishing a Computer Science/Mathematical Algorithm in an Academic ...
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Should I reply to email from institute director congratulating me for being shortlisted for a position?

I have received an email from the "director" of a prestigious research institute, sent to me and another candidate, announcing and congratulating that we have been shortlisted for a particular ...
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Ethics approval for an independent project akin to a survey

The self-funded project being planned involves participants doing a variant of a Random Number Generation task, involving just typing "randomly" for a couple minutes on a computer program to study/...
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How to find free data sets from the internet for independent research?

I am conducting an independent research on a tourism-related topic. However, data sets on the internet require premium registration. I was wondering: what are the best websites that offer data sets ...
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How do you respectfully remove someone from your research group?

Recently, I began my work on an independent research project. A few months ago, while I was writing the research proposal for submission, I talked with a peer of mine who hadn't done independent ...
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For how long afterwards can you publish papers based on field research?

In 2010 I did field research for my Masters Thesis in International Peace & Conflict Resolution (i.e. multi-disciplinary social science and international relations) in Bolivia interviewing ...
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Can I list my experience as independent researcher to my resume or CV?

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 ...
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Why are most cranks old men?

What To Do When The Trisector Comes claims that most cranks (for lack of a better word) are old men (trisector refers to a specific type of crank): One obvious characteristic of trisectors is that ...
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What's the consensus on sharing raw data? [closed]

Let's say I authored a paper or a study - published either in an academic journal or release just on a website. The study is well received, but I've received some requests from "colleagues" who want ...
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How do I find graduate level topics and textbooks after graduating?

I've recently finished a MS in computer engineering and long term it's likely that I'll look into doing a PhD. One of the reasons I didnt do it straight away is that I dont really have a clue what I'd ...
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Are there funding sources for open-access fees for an independent researcher in industry?

Since I finished graduate school (statistics), I have been pursuing research. This is on my own time, separate from my work in industry, and while my company does not interfere with my work, they give ...
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How important is being in a good institute for a theoretical physicist? [closed]

Will being in a underfunded institute and with mediocre colleagues hinder the performance of a theoretical physicist to a great degree?
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How to publish a book chapter?

I have done some research in a topic. And now i think that i have enough understanding and material that can be used to write a chapter. However, I don't have any idea about How can i get it(my ...
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What affiliation should I use for a paper that I partly wrote in a previous institution?

I am writing a research paper to be submitted to an IEEE conference. Part of the work was performed as a part of my University. I have graduated from there and am no longer a part of the university. ...
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Can I perform psychological experiments at home and be taken seriously?

I've just finished my under-graduation in psychology in my country and I'm very motivated to start publishing and making my own experiments. Following this answer: Does one need to be affiliated with ...
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Author affiliation regarding [duplicate]

I completed my master's three months back. Currently, I am writing scientific articles with collobrations in which I use the previous educational affiliation. Is this correct or should I use my ...
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Bringing my nephew to classes with me [closed]

How does bringing babies to classes make the person, i.e. the student who brought the baby to school, feel?
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Conducting research at my alma mater

I'm thinking about conducting a research at a specific division of the university from which I received my PhD. I had a negative experience while I was there. And I keep hearing that many other ...
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How to “become familiar with the literature”, inter alia to find appropriate method to publish independent research?

This is a more basic question than, and not a duplicate of, this question. That question was answered, basically, with "become familiar with the literature in that field" and read that literature. So ...
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How can I quit a part time research position with minimum damage? [closed]

The short of the situation is. I have been depressed for about a year now, the root of the issue being that I let myself be convinced that going into industry was a good idea even though I always felt ...
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Math Paper and Grad School Application

I am applying for pure Math Ph.D programs this year. I did some independent research in centralizer of matrices, and I developed an algorithm to generate the explicit k-basis for the space of ...
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I want to write a historical research paper

I apologize if this isn't the place to post a question like this. Feel free to close it if that's the case. So I want to write a historical research paper on a particular event in a past U.S. ...
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How do I cite sources in a math paper

I've written a paper that [still] seems original to me and feedback tells me it needs work. The paper is about Pythagorean triples which has been done for ages but I've yet to find prior art on the [...
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How to find a reviewer/editor for my paper? [closed]

I wrote a paper, which I would like to submit to a convention. I've never written a paper before. I'd like it to be thoroughly reviewed, not to say edited, before I submit it. I'm willing to pay for a ...
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What are the steps and resources I can use to publish a math paper? [duplicate]

I've spent years writing a math paper I call "A study of Pythagorean Triples" and I would like to publish. I've written and re-written for accuracy and clarity and I ported it from Word to TexShop ...
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Mentioning possible PhD principal investigators in graduate application w/o being asked to do so?

My title is pretty self-explanatory, but I was wondering how it looks to mention specific researchers to work with in graduate school via my personal statement/s. I'm applying to PhD programs in ...
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NSF GRFP Application for a Rising Undergraduate Senior

Prefacing this, I am currently a rising undergraduate senior who plans to attend graduate school after I finish this last year. I want to work toward a PhD in neuroscience. Over the past year, I have ...
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How to validate scientific ideas outside the academia?

Long story short, I have some ideas regarding the field of psychology and I looking into ways to validate them with people with experience. Options I see: Submit a paper and wait feedback from a ...
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Could one become a successful researcher by writing some really good papers while being outside academia?

Would it still be possible today to go from relatively unknown to a respected figure in physics by writing some spectacular papers being outside the academia? (Just like Einstein did)

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