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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New author, independent research, scope of publishing

I have done my masters in Computer Science, but did not receive much support in the masters program to get the final project published. I am presently working as a software developer in the industry ...
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How important is advisor's supervision for a Ph.D. student to be an independent researcher?

I have seen one extreme of the spectrum, where a person conducts great research without even attending college. For a student to become an independent researcher, how much is on the advisor's shoulder ...
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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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Is research a viable business model?

I have had the suspicion that it may be for a while and apparently not all is a product of my mind. Let me quote from an answer: In my experience, in UK and other European countries, the research ...
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Can a PhD be crowdfunded?

Is it possible to crowdfund a PhD, like crowdfunding business?
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what is the usual time to start applying for jobs and other positions during a phd?

I have started writing my thesis ( just yesterday:) ). My advisor asked me to submit it in one or two months. Now am wondering should I start applying for jobs at this time period. I plan to talk ...
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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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Should I give my affiliation as “independent” to protest my institution's funding policies?

In the following situation: I made research about some topic X in the field of Computer Engineering, submitted a paper and it got accepted. Actually it was an independent research that I have done ...
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Do I publish a paper independently or ask a professor to mentor me?

I am an undergraduate studentcurrently in my 3rd year. I have worked on a project for the last year. I was thinking of writing a review paper about the topic. It was a graded project in my curriculum ...
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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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“Post-Postdoc” Independent Researcher with Office in University?

I knew a foreigner in the astronomy department at the university here who was a "post-postdoc" independent researcher. How could she have her own office in the astronomy department as an independent ...
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Forum for discussing research paper

I am trying to implement an algorithm given in a paper. I have some questions which I would like to clear out since implementation requires complete clarity on all the concepts/algorithms/arguments ...
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Paid position at a US lab

Can one get paid while conducting research at a US university lab, without being a staff, student, visiting student, or a postdoctoral fellow? What are possible titles that are acceptable by grants? ...
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Is it possible to hire graduate students as freelancers?

I am currently working in the engineering industry. I am developing software in this field in my free time. I got stuck in some algorithm, and I'm looking for help from academia (either professors or ...
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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 could one best go about research in Pure Mathematics, whilst holding a full/part-time job?

I am still working towards an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, however I don't believe it's possible to think about research too early. I'm thinking about going in the direction of Pure ...
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Can I use an independent research to get a master degree?

I have an undergraduate degree, and I do some of independent research on my own, so I was thinking if universities have some kind of offer where I can use it, and I mean in exchange for my research I'...
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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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Is it possible to get a PhD with personal research?

I'm a master computer science student. I decided to leave the academia after graduation, but I'm still into research and would like to do personal research independently for like 10 years. Suppose I ...
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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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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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Could I arrange random gifts for the participants in my research?

I've seen in many research projects that they give people who fill the questionnaires or participate in the experiment (more often the latter) some amount of money to acknowledge their help. But I can'...
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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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What are some good ways to showcase one's research capabilities while applying for graduate programmes

I would like know to what are some good/effective ways to showcase one's research capabilities, other than paper publications, when the person is out of academia and applying for schools in USA for MS(...
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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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Importance of “independent” under-graduate research in graduate admissions

By independent research I mean, the research was not done with some organization or under a professor. I and my roommate tried out some new things that we thought to get published. My ultimate aim ...
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Independent research and license usage

I want to continue working on the research I used to work on when I was in school. The thing is that I am not a student anymore, and I also do not work for the company that works on the research ...
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Do we ever, in a research paper, mention methods we tried but did not get a satisfactory result?

I have been working on an application where we have tried two alternative methods. Both methods are used for the same purpose, but the first one had several problems. Despite getting results we had to ...
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Can a paper directly be written on a new application developed rather then an algorithm from existing research results or algorithms?

Suppose we design a prototype for a new product that is indeed novel. Would writing a paper on such a thing be useful as mostly the papers talk about new algorithms or their upgrades or some new ...
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What are Industrial Case Studies and why are they required?

I searched on the internet about this but found no convincing answer. I have to submit a paper to a conference where they are also asking for an Industrial Case Study. I contacted the conference chair ...
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Right way of requesting research project from a professor as a non-affiliate

I am a new immigrant and my question is about norms in American universities. I have MSc degree from abroad and in order to improve my chances for admission to a decent PhD program I would like to get ...
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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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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 ...
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How to get a .edu email address as an independent mathematician?

I am a hobbyist mathematician in China. I study maths by myself and make some course videos to teach commutative algebra, functional analysis and other topics on the internet, like the Khan Academy ...
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Practical Tips: Mathematical research and discoveries

How to behave when you have the feeling of working on something innovative? What to do if there is a chance (even the 1%) that your work is leading you to something original? For example what if I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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