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 should I go about publishing a manuscript in which my mentor does not actively support my best interests?

I am at a loss of what to do. I had started working on this project, a systematic review and meta-analysis back in undergrad. I was a senior. Long story short, for a while my manuscript was going well....
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How to stop hopping the learning chain and actually begin somewhere?

Here is what I feel whenever I find something interesting and feel like pursuing it : Oh so I like X (Computer Graphics), let me read up papers/books about it. Ok let me begin with reading up Y (...
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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 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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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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Writing a machine learning paper as an independent researcher

I have completed my undergraduate degree and do not have any universities nearby where I can find research work. I have been working in machine learning and want to write a research paper in this ...
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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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I believe I have solved a famous open problem. How do I convince people in the field that I am not a crank?

I am interested in the situation where you have a very interesting result. For instance, you have solved a very important open problem. However, you are not known in the field and do not have any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to establish inter-rater reliability as a sole PhD researcher

I'm doing a PhD in the social sciences and want to use an observational method to analyse audio recordings of social work conversations. I will be using an established behavioural coding manual (the ...
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How to get second chance at pursuing honours/PhD if your undergraduate grades are poor in Australia?

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What to put in "affiliation" field when submitting paper without affiliation?

Recently my paper is reviewed (by a professor from independent third party) and accepted by a journal. But, my employer allows me to publish this paper only without its name there. Publishing house ...

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