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Submitting Proofs to Journals

  1. Aug 3, 2011 #1
    I believe I have proven a famous open problem in mathematics, and no, it is not the Riemann Zeta hypothesis although that would be nice. Anyway, I want to know how I can submit my proof online and if anyone can give me pointers on preparing my paper. Thanks.
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  3. Aug 3, 2011 #2


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    Hmm, forgive me, but I'm always cautious if somebody solved an open problem but has no clue where to publish it.

    Do you study at a university? Maybe you could ask a professor there to help you with a paper.

    I suppose you could publish in the ArXiv, but you'll need a consent from a professional.

    What kind of open problem are we talking about?? Where to publish it depends on the content of the paper.

    In any case, the steps are as follows:
    1) Write the paper.
    2) Get it checked by other people.
    3) Find a suitable journal.
    4) Submit it for peer-review.

    What journal should you take?? Well, just google for some keywords and see where other articles are published...
  4. Aug 3, 2011 #3
    What problem? If you're smart enough to have actually solved it then you shouldn't be afraid of telling people what it is...
  5. Aug 3, 2011 #4
    If you've got the goods, you could publish it right here and you'd have credit forever. And you'd be striking a blow against the overpriced journals!
  6. Aug 3, 2011 #5
    Step 1: Compile the email addresses of every mathematics department head in the country.
    Step 2: Write them an email informing them of your accomplishment. Don't be shy about its significance! Something along the lines of "GENTLEMEN! WOULD YOU LIKE TO HARNESS THE POWER OF THE SUN'S RAYS!" should do the trick.
    Step 3: You're done! They'll take care of channeling it to the proper people.
  7. Aug 3, 2011 #6
    Pun intended?
  8. Aug 5, 2011 #7
    I believe I have proven the Strong Goldbach Conjecture. I sent my proof to a professor of mathematics at Lehigh University, professor Jerry King author of several math books. Anyway, he told me that I should submit it to an online journal. He sent me a link, but for some reason it doesn't work for me.

    Obviously I will need to find a journal that specializes in number theory. I've tried googling for journals, but I'm not sure if I need to consider geography or other factors. I want to know which journals are the most credible.
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    Here are some number theory journals:


    Look at all the journals and see which one is most appropriate.

    What kind of mathematics have you used?? Analytic number theory, algebraic geometry?? All these considerations come into play when chosing an appropriate journal...

    Anyway, the Elsevier link (the first link on the page) seems general enough...
  10. Aug 5, 2011 #9
    Wonder how the proof is like...:rofl:
  11. Aug 5, 2011 #10
    Doesn't really sound like he read it (or approved it) if he suggested you submit it to an online journal.
  12. Aug 5, 2011 #11
    Sounds like a crackpot to me. Probably just finished reading a popular account of Wiles' proof of Fermat.
  13. Aug 5, 2011 #12
    Based on TWO posts, you think you're able to make that assumption?

    Anyways, OP, I can't really help you as I've never done such a thing! Hopefully you find the right journal!
  14. Aug 5, 2011 #13
    You know, we're all very curious as to whether you're a crank or legit. We are all very openminded ... statistically most people who present claims similar to yours are cranks; yet, we know that geniuses sometimes work outside of universities and out of the mainstream. Fermat was a lawyer, Einstein a patent clerk. Ramanujan was a clerk in India, sending letters to mathematicians who ignored him. All except Hardy. It's a heck of a great story, someone should make a movie of it.

    But we're curious about your claim. Those of us who discuss math online have seen more than our share of cranks, I'm sure you can imagine. We've seen the circle-squarers, Fermat solvers, Cantor disprovers. So you have piqued our curiosity!

    If you don't mind, can you give us a clue or two? Is your proof elementary, in the sense that it uses undergrad math or less? Or does it use the techniques of modern algebraic number theory, as in Wiles's work?

    Have you had much formal training in math? Have you proven other things? Have you extended existing work on the problem, or invented your own approach? Did you have help, do you work on your own? How long have you been working on the problem?

    Naturally, it's not really any of our business who you are or what you've done. But I hope you understand that most of us have seen many Internet math cranks, and we are just wondering whether you are one.

    Thanks for any info you care to supply.
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  15. Aug 7, 2011 #14
    No, I completely understand, and honestly I would be skeptical too. Also, I said I believe I've proven it. I know my proof needs to go through peer reviews. I've looked over the proof many times and I can't find any holes, but then again I am not completely objective.

    My proof is elementary and involves basic principles of number theory and some algebra. I basically create a more mathematical precise way of stating the conjecture and then I employ an indirect method to prove that it is correct. I do this using different cases, which involve the basic rules that govern prime numbers. It's rather elementary, which, like many of you makes me a little skeptical. As a scientist I will not object to admitting that I may be incorrect. I just figure that it's worth a shot to see if I actually am correct.

    As for the other questions, I can say that I enjoy mathematics, but only as a hobby. I have dabbled in the following areas: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, high school mathematics, Number Theory, and Discrete Mathematics which encompasses other fields. My expertise is computer programming so I can't claim that I am a professional mathematician. However, I do have a keen sense of logic and order which I think is an invaluable tool in mathematics.

    Thanks for the link to elsevier.com. I appreciate it.
  16. Aug 7, 2011 #15
    First, select a journal in which you want to publish your results. Here's a link that contains a list of journals ranked by impact factor

    http://www.math.okstate.edu/~mavlyutov/ranking.html" [Broken]

    After you do that, the journal web page would usually contain instructions to authors on the accepted format. For example, let's say you have chosen the first one:

    http://www.ams.org/publications/journals/journalsframework/bull" [Broken]

    After looking through their section on information for authors, I found an Author Handbook.


    It's a pdf file giving techincal instruction on writing your manuscript.
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  17. Aug 7, 2011 #16
    Okay, I could be wrong, being a mere student and all, but shouldn't you have your proof looked at by peers before you submit it to a journal?
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