Background: I'm in my senior year as an accounting undergrad and plan to stay in the program and the field until I can become financially independent, hopefully very early in my life. I don't have a passion for accounting anything like what I do for science, health, and medicine (of which I've realized only in the past year). The reason I don't switch fields is mainly my being pragmatic about the kind of job/stability I'd have and debt induced if I were to make a change. However, I still have a passion for understanding health and medicine in scientific terms, mainly due to my own long-lasting health problems. So I've tossed around the thought of learning in my own time throughout the years and becoming an amateur of sorts and continuing my interests without a PhD or MD. My questions are: How possible is it to have papers published in journals without relevant credentials or networks if all the same standards are met? How possible is it to have any influence, however small, on the state of research without being a professional myself? Can you think of anyone who's done this successfully? Without funding of course the most I'd like to contribute are review articles that may help focus the attention of professionals on specific areas so they could follow up with the primary research.