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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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Submitting a Math Research Paper without Academic Affiliation and Funding [closed]

If you submit a mathematical research paper to a journal or conference as an independent researcher (no academic affiliation), how do you get any subsidies, grants, or funds? Are you supposed to write ...
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How important is attending graduate school for a PhD for physics/mathematics/astrophysics research?

Is it possible for one to publish high quality research papers in the aforementioned fields without attending a graduate school? I feel that you can read online material and books about research/...
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Can Bioinformatics be used in developing a marketable product? [closed]

As we all know computer science, electrical engineering, etc. knowhows can be used in developing software and electronics/electrical products that can be sold to end-users (B2C). Can bioinformatics be ...
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Doing Research on my own - Is it possible? What are my alternatives?

I am currently working in a field of applied computer science, where I’ve been reasonably successful in industry after finishing my PhD a couple years ago in this same applied field. For a bunch of ...
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Can I apply for research assistantship at universities abroad?

I am a recent master's graduate looking for a job. However, instead of working in the industry, I would prefer to work for a couple of years as a research assistant. My long-term goal is to apply for ...
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Do any fields have a recognized text type analogous to a “plan”?

I’m interested in if there’s any general answer to the question, “what is worthy of publishing in an academic journal”? Because I once read an interesting post by Terence Tao (“Does one need to be a ...
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Independent research publication in pure math

I did my MS math in a poor math department from south Asia. While as a MS student I wrote a solo author research paper in finite group theory (without any advisor or help from anyone). I don't know ...
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Publishing a physics paper when you are outside academia?

I'd like to publish a paper in a cosmology journal. However, I've been outside academia for about 3 years since completing my masters. Is there any platform where I can share my idea and get feedback ...
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Independent research in statistics [closed]

Is it possible to do independent reserach in statistics? If i do something what is the way to verify my work?
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How to get my independent mathematical research accepted?

Though I don't have a graduate degree, I have original (and rigorous!) mathematics and have been cold-emailing some professors. Unfortunately, none of them want to collaborate online with me. I really ...
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How to become a researcher?

I would like to follow a line of investigation but I have some doubts. I'm mathematician and currently finishing my master's degree in Latin America. I know that I have a lot to learn to make impact ...
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How to not publish in peer-reviewed journals and still be taken seriously?

If someone has a paper which could be published in a peer-reviewed journal, but they choose to not publish it in a peer-reviewed journal, what can they do to help the research to be taken seriously? ...
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How to list affiliation if work was done independently but between institutions?

I'm in a bit of a specific situation and wanted to hear everyone's thoughts. I worked on a personal project in my undergraduate with no collaborators. This was just a one-off thing I decided to try ...
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As a young researcher, what should I follow to keep myself updated in my subject area? [duplicate]

I am a new researcher in immunology and biology. I am unable to keep track of so many papers being published in journals. Do I need to check Conference Proceedings as well? I am not sure what to ...
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How to join a research group when not affiliated to any institution

I have just completed my bachelor, and wish to pursue a masters in the field of robotics. However, during my bachelors, I was not able to build a good research profile and do not have any publications ...
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Is there a path to publishing if you're outside of academia, specifically with a master's?

I'm graduating in a few months with an M.S. in Economics. My program required a thesis, which took a bit longer to write than I hoped for, but I've done it, passed the defense, manuscript approved. My ...
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How to join PhD in Mathematics in France? [closed]

I am interested in joining a PhD program in Mathematics in France. Now I am a Master's degree student in India. My research interests include Differential Geometry (in particular, Hyperbolic Geometry)....
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How do I list my affiliation on a publication if I am only an adjunct at a different institution from where I did did the research?

I worked on a research project about a year ago while working as a full-time RA/technician and some colleagues before leaving after my contract ended. We are currently finishing a manuscript for ...
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Is it usual to use YouTube videos showcasing real life experiences/interviews for research? [closed]

I have a research project concentrating on the long-term outcomes of using local medicinal plants among rural communities. I see many YT videos on this topic from many different cultures e.g. short ...
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Do scientific journals accept non-specialized research? [duplicate]

I have a new idea in physics and I used simple equations that I learned in high school and YouTube. Can journals accept scientific research with clear information and its owner is not a specialist in ...
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How can a new researcher judge the veracity of a paper's methodology and results?

I've been wanting to do some research on some quite controversial topics for a while now to stay educated on the common talking points of today, but every time I want to look at a research paper, I ...
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Ethics about hiring writer for partial research paper writing

I want to hire someone to do partial research writing for me, particularly the introduction section. I will do the rest of the work. All the practical work is completed. This is non-graded work. It's ...
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Can you call your paper a research paper if it's not being published anywhere?

I'm a 3rd year undergraduate student. I was thinking of making a side project where I analyze the effects of different vaccines on the rate of new cases. I will be using methods I've learned from my ...
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Publishing research using only high-school mathematics

I performed some research yielding useful information. I only used the mathematics that I learned in high school; I did not use any program or any scientific experiment. Is it possible to have my ...
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How can I proceed towards research in Machine Learning while I am working as a software developer?

I currently work as a software developer and I am curious about machine learning research. Does it work if I can spend some extra time to read papers/collaborate towards ML research, or is a Master's ...
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Is there a Ronin alternative in Europe? How to be an independent scientist in the EU?

I am a senior postdoc in a theoretical/computational field and for various reasons I am quite tired of jumping from one postdoc to another (have to switch cities/continents every few years, and many ...
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What to do with a very long research paper?

Some background first. I recently graduated (a couple years ago) with a Master's in applied mathematics. During grad school I began working on a paper, which I continued to work on in my free time ...
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I believe I have a clever idea/tool that should be widely adopted by the research community. How to interpret a lukewarm response?

Related to this question, except I do not believe (and have not claimed) that I have solved an open problem, famous or otherwise. I came up with an idea (specifically, how to pronounce numbers in ...
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Is there any way to do good research without people noticing or follow up on my work?

My research, which in my opinion, is quite important, has unfortunately been getting noticed by people who has previously ignored them and systematically avoided to cite them. This is not ideal for me!...
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Are journals biased towards more famous authors? [closed]

Say you are an independent researcher, with no affiliation and no famous co-author. Assume that you have authored a paper, which you believe is decently written and reports a method that is at least ...
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What did Grothendieck mean by "the capacity to be alone" in the context of mathematical research?

I'm confused about a statement Alexander Grothendieck made in his book Récoltes et semailles. In fact, most of these comrades whom I gauged to be more brilliant than me have gone on to become ...
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How to find internship or supervisors if not in academia?

I don't have a MSc in STEM, however I gained some professional experience in data-science, but outside of academia: I coauthored a data-model at my former startup, described in a patent application ...
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Publishing a paper in an academic conference being someone who works in the industry

I have been working in the industry of software engineering for 5 years so far. Lately, I am planning to take a PHD, I am interested in software architecture and quality, something that started ...
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Writing grant applications as a new academic/faculty member [closed]

I am a new faculty member at a University. In the last 5 months since I started, I have applied (or in process of applying) 4 research grants (2 internal applied, 2 external in the process). What I ...
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Do my publications help my department/university?

I am currently a mathematics lecturer at a state university in the US. I still do research and put a lot of effort into publications, although it is not required for my position. My question is: Will ...
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Tips on finding experts on a specific topic [duplicate]

Ladies and gentlemen, hello. Attracted by one research topic, I am facing a challenge of finding the most relevant sources, more precisely, of identifying the reputed and most qualified authors. My ...
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How much independency does a postdoctoral researcher have?

I am a postdoctoral with governmental grant, means that it is not a grant from a research supervisor for a specific research project. Of course, when I was applying for this grant I was asked to ...
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How to submit a paper without being backed up by my employer

By day I am employed (as a research engineer) at CEA, LIST in France (near Paris) working (in 2020) on Bismon (funded by CHARIOT, about cybersecurity). My work contract is under French law (legally ...
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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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I'm an independent researcher with a very long paper, how can I get help editing it and submitting it to a journal?

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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