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  1. Jun 1, 2015 #1
    Hello dear physicists,

    Have you ever published some scientific paper works ?
    I'm a little confused about that publishment thing.Can I publish my works for exaple to Annalen der Physik and what are the norms for the publishment ?
    Can I send any of my works to any physics journal ?

    Thank you very much.
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  3. Jun 1, 2015 #2


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    Start by reading the helpful PF Insights article about publishing in peer-reviewed journals:


    And you should talk with your university advisor about writing a paper. Are you currently in university? At what level?
  4. Jun 1, 2015 #3
    Tell s more about yourself. Are you studying in a university? You should try to contact one of your professors who is willing to work with you.
  5. Jun 1, 2015 #4
    The problem is,I'm not at a university,than at high school. This may sound pessimistic and naive,but I have some papers that I would like to publish.I have 85 % knowledge of a bochelor of physics,and some extra knowledge.I'm a free scientists.I hope there is a way to make this work.You think I should talk to my teachers ? I have only a teacher with a master degree in high school.
  6. Jun 1, 2015 #5
    How do you know this? Besides having a bachelors in physics is usually not sufficient knowledge to publish, unless you were extensively guided by an advisor. There is a reason why it takes so long to do a PhD.

    Have you read research papers on the relevant areas? Have you talked to experts in the field? If not, how can you verify your ideas are original?

    Besides, you're asking the wrong questions. Your question should not be "how do I publish", but rather "How do I assess my ideas are correct?"
  7. Jun 1, 2015 #6
    You're right, "micromass".I have talked with a university proffesor,the idea is new. Do you prefer I should make a new thread and question or should we continue with the question : How do I publish... ?
  8. Jun 1, 2015 #7


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  9. Jun 1, 2015 #8
    Just talking to a university professor is not enough. They might not be active in the field you're trying to publish in. You need to actually read research papers to see what has been done already. Publishing papers is essentially a conversation between people. You need to listen to others first before you can join the conversation. You need to cite papers and previous work of others.
  10. Jun 1, 2015 #9
    This university proffesor is a former journal editor,and he's still "in the world of physics".I have read a lot of science paper's ( unusually for my age ),and I know how to write one.But I need to know,how to make it come to a journal ?
  11. Jun 1, 2015 #10
    Alright, this makes it easier. Then start by selecting a good journal. This would be one of the journals that you read a lot. Then check out their submission guidelines and submit the paper.
  12. Jun 1, 2015 #11
    Do you think I have to pay for publication ?
  13. Jun 1, 2015 #12
    Depends on the journal. But generally yes.
  14. Jun 1, 2015 #13
    I've created an account on the website of " annalen der Physik" ,a german journal,there is a option to upload the papers.What is your experience,do that type of journals make a selection of the best papers or they put the paper works time-lined ?
  15. Jun 1, 2015 #14
    What are you asking? Of course they will select only the best papers for publishing. You don't want to publish in a journal that publishes everything that people send.
  16. Jun 1, 2015 #15
    Than you, Mr. Emeritus , "micromass".Thank you for the time you invested to make some things clear to me.I appreciate that.
  17. Jun 1, 2015 #16


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    Read the link that berkeman gave in post #2 and which jtbell also gave in post #7.

    There is also http://arxiv.org/, which is a place papers are often first published before submitted for consideration by a peer-reviewed journal. One needs to become a registered author http://arxiv.org/help/registerhelp and be endorsed http://arxiv.org/help/endorsement before one can submit there http://arxiv.org/help/submit. Talk to your professor about it, including things such as whether your paper is of sufficient quality to be posted.
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  18. Jun 1, 2015 #17
    Is this a site which I can publish my article http://arxiv.org/
  19. Jun 1, 2015 #18
    It's pre-print. It's not a substitute for a peer reviewed journal. But it is an easy way to let people read your papers for free. That said, you can't publish there, you must find somebody who can.
  20. Jun 1, 2015 #19


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    Unless one's work is of sufficient quality to enable one to turn down a Fields medal :P
  21. Jun 1, 2015 #20


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    This is puzzling. Why can't you ask this very question to HIM?

  22. Jun 1, 2015 #21
    Actually this is very good question
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