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Publishing maths papers with no affiliation

  1. Nov 22, 2008 #1


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    I've recently had a paper accepted to be published in a maths journal. This is my first paper to be published, but the problem is that I currently work outside academia and have no academic affiliation to give them. I do have a PhD in maths, but that ended about 10 years ago.

    Does anyone have any opinion on what is the best thing to do in this situation? Would a paper by an "independent researcher" (or whatever they would put if I say I have no affiliation) be taken as seriously as one from a university maths department? Or is there some way of obtaining an affiliation to be used to publish papers under?

    I did have a look through the previous few years of papers published at the journal, and other similar ones, and they were all affiliated to an academic institution.
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  3. Nov 22, 2008 #2


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    Does the journal specifically ask for an affiliation? In general they require an author byline, which requires contact information, but there's no reason you necessarily need to be affiliated with an academic institution. Some industrial companies, for example, publish papers without academic affiliation.

    I can't speak for the field of mathematics, but in general, I think people tend to base the degree to which they take something seriously on the content of the work, and secondly the general reputation of the journal. If anything, I think it's the review process where you would face the most opposition - work that doesn't seem to be affiliated with an academic institution would be likely to get a red flag. But you've already passed that step, so it's not worth worrying about at this point.
  4. Nov 22, 2008 #3
    Maybe you could post it on arXiv? I know that's not the same as being published, but if you can post it on arXiv and maybe ask some people at a nearby university or some people who work in your field to look at it and ask them where you could submit it for publication?
  5. Nov 22, 2008 #4


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    It's already been accepted for publication...
  6. Nov 22, 2008 #5


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    If it's been accepted for publication, what's the problem? Obviously not having an affiliation didn't phase the reviewer, so I don't see why you would need an affiliation now.
  7. Nov 23, 2008 #6


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    Yes, its been accepted. I originally submitted it without filling in any affiliation, and the typesetter/copy editor have asked me provide some information including my affiliation. I was just wanting to make sure I was doing the right thing before saying I don't have one - as I don't think putting the company I work for is a good idea. Thanks for your advice.
  8. Nov 23, 2008 #7


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    It would be fine to put simply your city and state/country, or perhaps an organization with which you're affiliated that you want to advertise (e.g., the Iowa Integrators, Des Moines, IA).

    In my last paper, I cited an author who's published from a Canadian jail for the last two decades. No joke. As long as the mathematics is verifiable, it doesn't make any difference.
  9. Feb 14, 2009 #8


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    Thanks for your advice guys. My paper has eventually gone to press. I just said that I didn't have any affiliation and they left that bit blank.

    If anyone's interested, I published in annals of probability (paper is listed here, http://www.imstat.org/aop/future_papers.htm" [Broken]). The whole process takes a while - I initially submitted it in 2007.
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  10. Feb 14, 2009 #9
    I have the same problem, I want to publish papers and to participate in conferences but currently I am not employed till may, so what should I do in this situation because now i have to submit my application for the conferences.
    And I cannot leave the space not filled because the it is must to to fiil the space in order to submit the application.

    I am affiliate to my previous university but and alumni there but I am not employee there anymore.
  11. Feb 14, 2009 #10


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    I don't know - I was only talking about publishing papers, which is a long process and would take until well after May anyway. Maybe you should just ask the conference organizers?
  12. Feb 15, 2009 #11
    just curious, what kind of a job do you have, being 10 years since your math doctoral?
  13. Feb 15, 2009 #12


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    Have a word with the department you're working at from May. I don't see why they'd have a problem with you using your affiliation early. Otherwise, ask at your previous university.. they might give you some sort of visitor status, enabling you to use the affiliaton there.
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    Gel, may I ask how did the peer review go?
    I guess they got back to you and inquired on the article, I mean asked a follow-up questions to see if they understand the work and its proofs.
  15. Feb 15, 2009 #14


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    The first stage of peer review took until Dec 07. They just came back to me with a brief explanation of what I had written and why it should be published, and a few very simple questions and amendments that I should make (all rather minor and stylistic rather than any changes to the maths content). It was officially accepted in Jan, then in Nov the typesetters came back with questions including my affiliation. Finally, I've been told that it has gone to press.

    The initial submission was in May 07, so it's a long process.

    I've also got several other papers submitted to this and other journals. For one of them they came back with extensive recommendations for changes, saying that they wouldn't accept it as it is but that I could resubmit with the suggested changes - which I did. Suppose I should chase up the other papers.
  16. Feb 15, 2009 #15


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    In any case, gel, congratulations. (Actually, if it gets published within two years of submission, that is NOT very long, comparatively!)
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    Currently working in finance.
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