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The following is not a legal analysis (IANAL), but a social/academic one. The problem, as I'm sure you recognize, is that passing on an electronic version makes it all too easy for it to be widely distributed by the recipient. Hopefully you can trust them to honor a request not to pass it farther. Hopefully, they will comply with such a request. If you want ...


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One very important point is that "he nailed down what specific thing must be calculated". This implies that he has already made a key contribution, and if so then there is no problem with helping him with other things like calculations, as any key contributor already deserves authorship.


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Offering is indeed fine. However, one thing to avoid is having it come off as an attempt to "steal" someone else's project/glory. If the collaborator is another graduate student, this was their first/only shot at a first-author paper, and you take over enough calculations to switch the balance of contributions, they might well get upset. But if you'...


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Yes, you can help in any way you can. It would seem very odd to me if there were a field or situation in which this would not be proper. Of course, if you are taking a course and have been assigned specific tasks by a professor it would be different, but you don't suggest that is the case. It is the nature of collaboration to work together on a project.


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What you are asking for here is for someone to do the job of a PhD advisor but to do it for free and without getting any credit for it at their work. If you want a PhD advisor you're going to have to apply to a PhD program. The only likely exceptional circumstances here would be: You are a very talented high school student. People like the opportunity to ...


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Against some of the other answers, I will give a more pessimistic view here. It will be almost impossible for you to get published from outside academia. I'll outline a few reasons. Nothing prevents you from submitting your work to a journal; an academic affilitation is not a requirement. That said, to get published you need to impress one or more experts (...


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There are some good answers already. Let me add There are dozens of new works appearing every day. Even if your work is correct, it's just one of n. Don't expect academics to be especially interested in your work, or take lack of interest as an especially bad sign Academics get so much email. Cold emails from non-academics low priority. More generally, ...


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Another idea is to pay them. A university lecturer or professor normally gets paid to help students get published - and it's a full time job. Why would they do the same work for you for free? But lecturers also often offer for-a-fee tutorial services to students, mainly for those who need extra help to catch up. But a maths lecturer offering such services ...


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Possibly you don't want to really ask for "collaboration" as much as "advice" or "feedback". Advice and feedback are "limited" responsibilities, while collaboration is an on-going thing. People might be willing to give advice but not make any long-term commitment. Also, keep in mind that most professional ...


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So, this depends to some extent on who you are asking and what you are asking, and what your results are. First, let's be clear that people aren't likely to to be interested if you have a claimed proof of some famous open problem, like the Riemann Hypothesis, or P != NP, or the Collatz conjecture. Second, asking people out of the blue to collaborate is in ...


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Read enough math papers so that you have a sense about how they are written up. Then write your own, emulating the style. Then submit it to a journal. You don't need any degree for this. You will get feedback. If the work is not very good, it will be immediate feedback and you need to think about what you are doing. If it is good, then, after a while you ...


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