Submitting a Mathematical Theorem for Publishing
Date: 11/30/2004 at 14:08:18 From: Sean Subject: Submission of a Mathematical Theorem Where and how can I submit a mathematical theorem or idea so that I can get credit for it? I haven't been able to find a mathematical organization that openly accepts new mathematical ideas. I have never contributed ideas. I was wondering if I should start looking at certain universities that might do such presentations, and if so, how do I go about asking them for this recognition?
Date: 11/30/2004 at 16:06:22 From: Doctor Vogler Subject: Re: Submission of a Mathematical Theorem Hi Sean, Thanks for writing to Dr. Math. The way that professional mathematicians spread their ideas to the rest of the mathematical world is by mathematical journals. There are numerous mathematical journals, some for more or less advanced audiences, some for general mathematics and others for more specific mathematical topics. There is an internet archive at J-Stor (Journal Storage) http://www.jstor.org You need an account (most universities have one) to read some things there, but I think you can do some browsing of their archives without an account. For example, you can find a list of math journals at http://www.jstor.org/browse#Mathematics Now, it generally takes quite a bit of time to submit an article to a math journal (or any academic journal), for them to review it, and either accept it for printing or send it back for changes or outright rejection. Since you don't want to be rejected, you should probably talk to someone (like a math teacher, especially a college professor) who has published papers before to get advice on how to write an article, how to submit it, and what would be the best journal to submit it to. Finally, if you fear someone might steal your idea for their own (which happens sometimes, but not very often), then perhaps the easiest good way to prevent this is to write it up on the computer and put it on your personal web page. Then it is available for all the world to see that you wrote it. Of course, it is most likely that someone else has made the same discovery many years before you, so try not to be discouraged if you are told that your new theorem is actually named for a 19th-century mathematician. It has been said that too many mathematicians don't read as much as they should. To recap, I'd recommend talking to a trusted math teacher to see if your theorem really is worth trying to publish, and then, if it is, talking to a college professor for advice on how to publish it. He or she can guide you from there. If you have any questions about this or need more help, please write back and tell me what you have been able to do, and I will try to offer further suggestions. - Doctor Vogler, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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