Rules of thumb for when to publish a result. Being novel to the game of academia I wonder if there are any rules of thumb to follow when one should publish a result or not. Suppose one finds a result which one suspects might be new. How should one then proceed? Should one go about looking around carefully to see of someone else has done it? If so, how carefully should one look? What would qualify as a 'new' result anyway? Is it enough if the result comes with a new twist/perspective, or if one builds on an earlier result?