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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Does one need to be affiliated with a university to publish papers?

Assume you have already completed your undergrad and have been working for a number of years. Does one need to be part of a university or a learning institution to publish papers?
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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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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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What should someone who works at a tech company that isn't associated with the work list as affiliation?

I am preparing to submit a paper with a friend who is working at a tech company. The company that he is working with is in no way associated with our research work. Is it appropriate to list his ...
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Is it possible take take part in a research project if I'm not a part of a university?

I graduated with a Masters of Engineering, concentrating in digital signal processing, in particular medical and audio, almost two years ago. I've always been interested in research, but due to ...
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Do journals in general have any kind of policy regarding papers submitted by someone without a research affiliation?

Assuming that there are no ethical or legal concerns involved, in general, how would academic journals handle research submitted from the general public (e.g., if a carpenter were to perform a study ...
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What careers not requiring an academic degree might be open to a self-learner who wants to do research on pure mathematics?

I hesitated to ask this question since it may not relevant to this website, but I saw a question of same category here but still couldn't find an answer ... Since childhood, I've had a sharp ...
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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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Doing research outside of academia, without a PhD?

I love learning and solving problems (I'm in math/ computer science) and I'm also very motivated. However, I don't have fantastic grades and so I don't expect to get into any top graduate program. ...
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How do I go about publishing a paper without a university affiliation?

I graduated with a B.S. degree and I have been working in industry for a few years as a software engineer. I am very interested in reinforcement learning, a sub-field of machine learning, and I am ...
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Applying for research funding as an independent researcher?

I am a Masters degree holder in Computer Science. Where I live, the most popular way of receiving research grants is from the government. There are two problems with that. First, You have to be ...
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Should I link my research in my SOP?

I have done some independent research that I wish to mention in my SOP. The full account of what I have done till has been published as an e-print on arxiv.org. Can I give a hyperlink to this e-print ...
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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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Doing a masters degree level research without following a Master Course

I have a degree in computer science but I don't have any research experience. But everyday I read research papers from free journals. I also managed to understand the content of them. Now I want to do ...
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Can students finish much of their PhD thesis before applying to a PhD program?

Are students allowed to complete a large portion of their research independently, then enroll in a PhD program, apply for a defense panel within the first semester, and quickly finish the thesis? Has ...
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How not to be like a rolling stone in research?

As a young researcher, it is really interesting for me to gain knowledge in different topics related to my major. I attend many conferences and seminars in my field, I read papers and books which I ...
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How do you know when your independent findings are paper-worthy?

I learn math on my own. And I sometimes end up generalizing theorems. I do not claim that these generalizations are ground-breaking. However, I feel these generalizations are not entirely obvious at ...
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Using home address when submitting an article with no affiliation?

If you're submitting information for an article, and you have no institution affiliation, what should you use? I was asked for an address and all I have is an home address. That seems a bit weird to ...
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How should I start Undergraduate Research in Mathematics?

Dear Academic SE advisers, I am a college sophomore in US with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. My algorithmic biology research got me passionate about the number theory and analysis, ...
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How possible is it to do mathematical research outside academia?

Does anyone know if it is possible for a Ph.D. graduate of mathematics to successfully do research in his/her spare time? The work environment and conditions in academia seem somewhat deplorable at ...
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How to choose a good research problem?

I am working to get a PhD, maybe next year this time around. Currently, this is my second year. I have published 3 papers. All of them are not about one problem but consider different problems. My ...
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What to do when research leads to poor results?

I am an MSc graduate and work as an independent researcher. I spent 10 months on a paper. I wrote many scripts in Matlab to implement four other comparative methods as well as a new method that my MSc ...
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Where can I do a research paper or thesis without enrolling in a college or university?

I am not seeking a masters or PhD degree, but I would like to do a research paper and have it peer reviewed academically? Is this possible? If so, where and how to do it? Addendum: Thank you for ...
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After my employment ends, can I keep working without pay at my current research center, on independent research?

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. I worked as a Research Engineer in a Research Center. It was a fully paid Engineering position funded by European projects. However, my contract ...
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Independent Research and institutional review boards?

If I am conducting independent research (ie no university affiliation), do I need to worry about institutional review board (IRB) approval, if I am working in a field where it is normally required?
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Guides for being an independent/freelance researcher?

Are there any books on how to be an independent/freelance researcher?
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The nightmare of being an independent researcher

My current situation is that I am stuck teaching in a couple of universities that do not support the research at all in my country of origin. I am 38 years old and I have finished a MSc degree in ...
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How to get an advisor for my amateur research?

I'm about to embark on a research project in complex systems on my own spare time. It seems like the idea I have is a good one. However, it would be better, for obvious reasons, to have an experienced ...
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To what extent should a professor give students freedom to do independent research?

During the discussion How/when to become independent in research as a graduate student?, there were one or two professors who not only agreed with the idea of independent research, but also said that ...
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Independent research post-PhD strategies

After reading The nightmare of being an independent researcher, Applying for research funding as an independent researcher? and On getting reviews for research work as independent learners and ...
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How can I earn a professor's attention if I am not his/her student yet?

I am trying to find a professor to do my first research under his/her supervision. I am a high school student. However I have already self-studied all the BSc and MSc (Pure Mathematics) books [based ...
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How can I get feedback for my work in math if I'm not in academia?

I will soon finish my undergraduate degree in math, and I want to study mathematics as a hobby after I graduate. Online, I see a general trend of people saying You can't learn real math without ...
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What field of study allows a hobbyist to make a potential contribution

What are some fields in which a professional programmer (specializing in Data Science technologies) can pick up hobby projects that can actually contribute something to that particular field. I ...
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How to pick the brain of a professor with whom you have no connection

I want to learn more about a specific part of a narrow, fledgling field. I want to have a 30 minute conversation with a the burgeoning experts in this area of study -- they are all researchers at ...
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How to find an academic mentor as a professional

I'm a professional programmer with 15 years of experience, working in game development as a game and engine programmer, currently working at a prestigious game company on two well known games. I've ...
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How can I get a PhD position to work on solving a particular mathematics problem that I have formulated independently?

I have a pure mathematics problem which I formulated after years of research in signal processing of audio signals and years going into formulating a problem on precise mathematical terms, which is a ...
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How can I prove my self-studied knowledge?

In applying to graduate program, what are some ways to prove knowledge gained from self-study? I've been told of the following: Independently conduct research / create projects that require the ...
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Can a PhD be crowdfunded?

Is it possible to crowdfund a PhD, like crowdfunding business?
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Will uploading a half completed paper to Arxiv hurt my chances of getting admitted to a grad school?

I worked on a independent research project during my free time in college. Nobody guided me and nobody assisted me. I developed a algorithm for a problem and I tried it out on few data-sets and ...
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Does the NSF support researchers with no academic affiliation?

It seems that NSF only supports researchers affiliated with academic institutions. For instance, if a researcher is in the industry, is there a chance to get funding from NSF for a pure academic ...
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How to find less-difficult-than famous unsolved problems?

When I was in my high school I studied 14 undergraduate books with almost all their exercises. I am about to begin my undergraduate in mathematics this week. I love to do research in mathematics. I ...
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What is wrong with continuing to publish with my PhD adviser?

I have heard that it is 'bad' to continue to publish with your adviser after you get your PhD. Or is this something that is debated in the academic community? In my situation, after my PhD, I can get ...
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What Affiliation to put for Amateur scientist who is an alumni out of school for 15 years?

I am an amateur scientist who wants to submit a paper to a peer reviewed journal. While I have an under grad degree... it was in business and I have been out of school for 15 years. Do I put my ...
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Do I have to be affiliated with an institution to publish on arXiv? Is arXiv the right place to put it?

I'm a high schooler who recently found a derivation of a trigonometric function over complex numbers. I typed it up as a LaTeX paper and know it's probably not publishable to an actual journal. I'm ...
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Is there any recognized online portal where anyone can publish articles without being associated with any university or organization?

Suppose some working person has interest in physics and mathematics and he want to publish a paper either review or research, so is there anyway he can publish? Obviously person is not associated with ...
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Is it OK to start a PhD with a side project still running from your master's?

I just finished my master's and I am about to start my PhD studies. As I am very used to do many independent projects during my bachelor's and master's, I am willing to continue a side project on a ...
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What will be implications of not publishing officially?

I am not a professional academic; I am an amateur mathematician. I have developed an entirely new mathematical theory. I have written a book about my theory and put it online at my web site. I am ...
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Independent Research

I am really looking for some very open-mind answers here. So here is the scenario. I have finished my undergraduation in Visual Communication Design from a premiere institute from my country. I ...
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What to do if predatory journal won't withdraw paper after acceptance? [duplicate]

Last year, I’ve started an independent research in hopes to be published one day. Fast forwarding a year (a couple of weeks ago in fact), I have finished my manuscript in which I was planning to ...
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When submitting a research paper as an independent researcher, is it advisable to have a professor look at it first?

Is it advisable to have a professor from a university look at your paper before you submit it to a journal, since they might want partial credit? and would it take the journal a longer time to referee ...