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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 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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OA funding source 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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Seeking to pursue research project independently (outside of academia) [duplicate]

Hello Academia Community, I hold a PhD and would like to pursue a research project independent of an university (outside of academia on my own or in collaboration with other researchers). First of ...
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How to judge the quality of academic paper (students pov)?

I have a master's degree (in maths) and would like to pursue a PhD in future and have at least a year in hand. So I thought of picking some new research topic by reading articles in journals. The ...
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Do professors like answering questions from non-students/private citizens? [closed]

I am a non-student/private citizen and I am eager to meet with professors at universities in my area so I can ask these professors a particular question about a particular subject matter. I want to ...
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How to learn to make a meaningful study without having an academical background?

I am an autist who had been in therapie for 8 years. In that therapie I learned a lot about my own and later about others psychology. I also developed over the years an tendency to just experiment ...
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Can I affiliate with a university and use its IRB to do self-funded research part-time?

I am a social scientist about to finish my PhD program, and I'm hoping that I will get an academic job that will enable me to PI my own studies. However, I think there is a chance that this will not ...
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Employment in academia for doctorates w/o same field undergrad

I'm an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering interested in a career in academia, especially Physics. A middle aged person in India (from where I am) I recently met told me he couldn't find ...
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Is it better for me to audit or enroll in a class for independent research?

I plan to conduct independent research on different forms of early childhood education. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Education but no formal education in research methods or statistics. I was ...
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As an independent/non-affiliated researcher, what would I replace a logo with on a business card?

I'm currently not affiliated with any academic institution; but - I still get around, interact and need some business cards. The thing is, without any institutional information, a card tends to look ...
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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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Is it possible to work on independent research project with a professor from previous university?

My Undergraduate education will be ending soon, and I want to work on an independent project with one of the professor even after my graduation before joining another university for my masters. Is ...
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How can a layman easily get the consensus view of what academia *thinks* about a subject?

I'm a total layman, but sometimes I have really random specific questions, like What does science say about the transfer of learning, or what is the distribution of different of sexual fetishes in the ...
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How to know if one is suitable for pursuing academia or Research work their entire life? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in engineering in an university in Canada. I am close to completion of my thesis but I am not very proud of my work. I have couple of publications from my work, all in decent ...
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What can be done to bridge the gap between amateur and professional mathematicians? [closed]

I am an amateur mathematician. I have trained myself on math-related websites and other resources. However, the lack of technical knowledge, methods, and sociological culture usually shared by ...
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Australia: Research and Abysmal Grades

I recently completed a 3 year bachelor degree in Computer Science at an Australian university. I graduated with a GPA which is roughly the equivalent of a “C” in the US. I only blame the grades on my ...
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How to obtain funding for independent research after graduating from undergrad?

I just graduated with BS from undergrad and am employed as a research associate staff by a research team at the university. I would like to ask for suggestions about how to obtain research funding ...
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Can a theoretical proof-of-concept be published?

I am working independently on an idea, and to test its conceptual feasibility, I have done a bit of math, and it seems to check out. The idea is in the area of web engineering, or web science. Now, ...
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Research in geophysics

I am an undergraduate student in geophysics. I have read two types of papers in this field. First, the field work papers that shows survey results using some particular methods. Second, paper in ...
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Could I change my research direction after graduated master?

For example, if I finished a topic on the computer science field and graduated as a master degree, could I change to a topic within the psychology or any other field. Just because I'm more interested ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing research without studying for a degree?

I want to do research by myself and with my friends, but I don't want to apply for a degree. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing research without studying for a degree?
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What defines the legitimacy of an IRB?

As we know, researchers without university affiliations who need IRB approval for human subjects research can obtain approval from an independent IRB. What defines the legitimacy of an independent ...
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Is it possible to become an independent researcher with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering [closed]

Dear Fellow Researchers, I got my PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from a EU university some time ago. I've got a good cv in terms of publications, peer-review work, participation in R&D ...
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Life as a financially independent academic

I hope this is not to much rambling, but there is a concrete question in the end. I really like being a mathematician. I like the constant learning, I like working on problems at research-level and I ...
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Professional looking to gain research experience

I'm a public health professional working for a national agency in the UK. I'm really keen to gain some research experience, but despite my organisation encouraging staff to be 'research active' it's ...
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Including independent research (no mentor involved), with no publication, on application [closed]

I would like to include the maths research I have done in high school on my college apps. It has been submitted to an AMS journal but, as I am sure you are aware, these journals take awhile to carry ...
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Is it fine to use a startup as an affiliation?

My situation: I have finished university more than 10 years ago. I work for company X. I also own a small startup company called Y (no employees). I am in the process of publishing a paper and I was ...

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