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Removing space debris

  1. Mar 13, 2011 #1
    Good day! I hope I posted this information in the suitable thread :smile: Recently I have developed one idea regarding removing the space debris by means of Space Elevator and I would like to publish it somewhere. Could you please indicate me relevant journals about space activities that would publish the papers from amateurs?
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  3. Apr 10, 2011 #2
    If its from an amateur, and about a space-elevator---nothing good will publish it.
  4. Apr 10, 2011 #3
    While I commend you for insight into this problem of space junk, it is highly unlikely you will find your paper published. You can of course, submit it to any space related journal, then wait for their feedback. You may have a very good idea, but the idea may have many reasons {cost for one} which would make it impossible.
    Make sure to include a self addressed, stamped envelope.
  5. Apr 10, 2011 #4


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    An idea for how to economically build a space elevator would be more appealing than ways to use it.
  6. Apr 21, 2011 #5
    Well, do you know such space related journals? I would try to submit my paper….
    Will not they accept the paper via email? :rolleyes:

    Maybe :smile: but still, I need to find such journals and try, perhaps they will accept new idea, even not completely developed in technical sense…
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  7. Apr 21, 2011 #6
    Also, I think you need to understand the publication process. When some physicist has a new idea, it takes a lot of effort to get it into a form in which it is publishable. The first thing said physicist will do is to bounce the idea around his friends at lunch, and then maybe do a conference presentation.

    One other thing is that referred journal articles are *terrible* forums for dealing with truly new ideas (partly because most new ideas are bad ideas), and professionals don't send their latest and greatest ideas to peer-reviewed journals. They talk about their ideas over lunch, and it's only after they get positive informal feedback that they'll try to publish.

    You should also know that in astrophysics, journal articles are not the primary method of scientific communication. They are useful to make sure that stuff doesn't get lost and for score keeping, but with some uncommon exceptions (WMAP results), people don't get their information from journals.
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  9. Apr 26, 2011 #8
    All there are right, but I am not Physicist and I do not have any other way but journals only :smile: actually I am not seeking the best-known journals, I would be satisfied with publishing my paper in less-known journal :smile: do you know some of them?

    Thanks, but I need the journals about techniques/technologies and not pure science :rolleyes:
  10. Apr 26, 2011 #9
    Doesn't producing a "way to use a space elevator" when we don't have space elevators seem like you're putting the cart before the horse?

    Perhaps your idea is brilliant, but I don't think anyone will touch it so long as it is practically impossible.
  11. Apr 27, 2011 #10
    Maybe I am putting the cart before the horse, this happens in theory when somebody invents something new that will be used in practice in far future :smile:

    But the Space Elevator also is impossible to build now, however many articles were written about it :rolleyes:
  12. Apr 27, 2011 #11
    Assuming we ever build one - it's only feasible if that hurdle is passed.

    You have to realise that, although not as extreme, it's like producing a plan for things to do once we have an FTL capable ship. People don't see it as something worthwhile and it's difficult to get traction with it.
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