Some work I am doing is connected with a sequence 1, 3, 40, 1225, 67956, $\dots$ which agrees with http://oeis.org/A012250 for all eight terms. The only useful information in OEIS on this sequence is the reference D. N. Verma, Towards Classifying Finite PointSet Configurations, preprint, 1997. Does anyone know how to obtain this preprint? Verma himself passed away last year.

I don't have Verma's preprint, but there are more modern references on the subject, which don't seem to be on OEIS. Basically one looks at the GIT quotient $(\mathbb{P^1})^n//\operatorname{SL}_2$, and your sequence corresponds to its degree under a certain embedding in projective space for values of $n=4,6,8,...$. See section 2.11 in the paper "The moduli space of n points on the line is cut out by simple quadrics when n is not six", by B. Howard, J. Millson, A. Snowden and R. Vakil. An even more recent reference that also contains a sort of formula for these degrees is "The ring of evenly weighted points on the line", by M. Hering, B. Howard. Hope this helps. 


You might try to contact one of the organizers of the (or ask s/o in the Math Dept of IIT Bombay, http://www.math.iitb.ac.in/.) 

