I’m 17 and will be joining a UG physics program soon. I’ve done a lot of DIY projects over the years, ranging from electric arc speakers to air-quality and climate-control systems. Most of my projects involved Arduinos.

I’ve been thinking of conducting a five-year study on air quality and climate change using ten sensors (gas, dust, temperature, and humidity) and an Arduino. I will collect data for five years and then conclude my findings.

  • Can I publish such research anywhere?
  • Do these type of projects have any value or are they a waste of time?

I recently stumbled upon an obscure economic theory. Currently, I’m trying to understand whether or not it makes sense. If it does, I intend to build a certain simulation of the economy (using some concepts of that theory). This software will allow to better understand the economy than existing approaches. Let’s assume that everything went fine and I do have a simulator of the economy in my hands, plus (someone else’s) theory which explains, why it works.

The next step would be to find a scientific institution (university), which could check my findings and officially confirm that they are scientific (look through the stuff I wrote, find logical errors, verify that this is not some hocus-pocus pseudoscience etc.). Thereafter it may be much easier to spread this knowledge. A little book published by a nobody (even if it contains breakthrough knowledge) won’t be noticed and its wisdom won’t be applied. When the same information has been verified by some prestigious university, it’s a different game (there is more trust in these findings).

If I want the university to invest resources in such check (and do it better than many professors who don’t even read the theses of the students they supervise), they must have some incentive. Let’s rule out money (paid by me) as such incentive.

What do universities get from sound theories developed by people who study or cooperate with them?

In other words: Imagine, some of that university’s professors looks through my writing, checks how the simulator works and comes to the conclusion that it, indeed, does what I promised. No fatal flaws are discovered in the work and they agree that this method is valuable (should be researched further).

How exactly does the university, its professors, and other people doing research and teaching there benefit from this discovery?

My answers:

  1. Better rankings. If this discovery is truly valuable, it may increase the university’s prestige and help them get more (or better) students, money from public and private sponsors etc.
  2. The professor may publish a paper (together with me). If the findings are truly new, the paper may get cited and improve the professor’s h index.
  3. The university may get consulting contracts for applying my findings to client’s problems.


  1. I need the answer to this question in order to determine whether or not I have a chance of “selling” the cooperation with me to a university. You can only sell something, if the buyer’s (university’s) benefits are greater than the costs.
  2. I have very little academic background therefore the answers above may be wrong.

I’m currently finishing the corrections of the PhD I’ve done in the UK. In the meantime, I’ve returned to my home country, Portugal, and started working at a hospital as a medical statistician. I have several (no scientific tasks) to do and I would like to continue doing research. I have several projects that I would like to carry one. Some are not very complicated and I believe they could be interesting master degree thesis. While in the UK, I’ve supervised some undergrads and I really enjoyed. I would like to continue supervising students.

Does anyone have any experience or guidance about how could I start to supervise research students (proposing small projects)? I don’t need to be affiliated with a university to be a supervisor as my master thesis supervisor was not a teacher there. But, do I need to be affiliated with a university to propose projects? I imagine I can only be a supervisor in Portugal or has anyone heard about master degree supervisors from other countries? I understand this may differ between countries. I’m looking for some tips/advice/comments on how to start supervising students.

Thank you!

My research is theoretical and have published some papers in high impact journals. However, I need further expertise to advance my works (e.g., advanced mathematics). Is there any online platform to post my research idea on which like minded researchers express their interest?

I look for a platform in which people are frequently doing this. I know it’s somehow possible in websites like researchgate, but it shouldn’t be very likely to happen.

No funding is involved. I do most of the research and write the paper, I just need a mathematician to do the math formulation or even check my math works.

I am looking to publish a paper in computational biology. However, I have no affiliation (I have been affiliated with some institutions in the past, but am not currently affiliated with anyone now). I am also looking for a journal that will publish with no charge as I am low on funds.

I understand I should be able to publish a paper when my work is evaluated solely for its quality. However I have been unable to find any non-predatory and at least semi-legitimate computational biology journals that use double-blind review and are free to publish in.

I will submit my manuscript to bioRxiv, but would really like to publish in a journal. I am unsure how to proceed – should I try and submit to a single-blind journal and mark my affiliation as “independent scholar” or try some other way to publish to a double-blind computational biology journal?

I left academia, but occasionally I am coauthor of a paper. These papers are in the area of research I did at university, but now I am working in a different industry.

Asked for affiliation, I am not sure whether I should state my company’s name (although the company does not take part in the research and it is not done during work time) or if I should say “affiliation: none”, which also seems strange.

My company has no policy (at least: as far as I know) that forbids to mention its name, nevertheless working there is not related to my research.

I have a 10-page manuscript of my independent research and would like to ask a professor for comments. In short, I claim that I’ve seen a bridge between Shannon’s information and semantic information.

The field has been stuck for a long time and I think it might give a breakthrough on it. However, I do see that it isn’t really rigorous, and even have contradiction. I know ideally I should spend more time to research but since I need secure funding and getting some comments might be more efficient now, should I ask them anyway? I have also thought about go crowdsourcing, but if I get accepted maybe I won’t need to do that?

I’ve asked some person who knows me, but they are all busy or out of the field.


I am publishing a research paper on parallel Universe,
But I am unable to collect the good resources for my paper and I am doing this on my own so you can see that I am in big trouble now.
Can you suggest me some mathematical works for the parallel universe or where should look for it?