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I just finished grad school, earning a Phd in mathematics. Currently I do not know if I want to continue my academic career or not, but in the meantime I have written an article containing some of the results of my thesis and I would like to submit it to a journal for publication.

The journal I have chosen (published by Springer) asks for academic affiliation: can I say my academic affiliation is the university where I completed grad school, although I do not work there anymore? If not, is it possible to get a paper published without an academic affiliation? What do you suggest me to do?

Thank you

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    $\begingroup$ It's not clear to me if this question has any features specific to mathematics. If not, maybe a better place to post this would be academia SE. $\endgroup$ – R. van Dobben de Bruyn Oct 8 '18 at 17:24
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    $\begingroup$ This question can be generalized to any scientific field, however I am only interested to answers with relation to the mathematical community and math journals $\endgroup$ – User28341 Oct 8 '18 at 17:28
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    $\begingroup$ Your affiliation should be where you were when you wrote the paper - it is not your contact address. $\endgroup$ – Chris Godsil Oct 8 '18 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ Here are a few relevant questions on academia.SE: academia.stackexchange.com/q/75064/94 , academia.stackexchange.com/q/1078/94 , academia.stackexchange.com/q/890/94 , academia.stackexchange.com/q/1294/94 None of them asked exactly the question you asked. Re-iterating my answer from one of them: have you asked the editorial staff at the journal? They are the ultimate authority on at least the second and third questions you asked. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Oct 8 '18 at 18:08
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This question is more suited for Academia Stackexchange than this forum. You should ask there for the best answers based on experience.

In general, you should acknowledge who supported you during your research. Even if you have significant contributions after you graduated, your university that granted you the degree also provided you with resources to start the research. If you continue the work, likely you will be supported by a grant or postdoctoral institution whom you should acknowledge.

For affiliation, it is usually OK to list the last institution you were at when you developed the research. This is a form of acknowledgement of support, and most of those who read the paper will understand that you have moved on. If you are interested in full disclosure, a cover letter to the journal editor can give details.

Gerhard "Affiliates With Himself Only Occasionally" Paseman, 2018.10.08.

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  • $\begingroup$ As noted in comments above, besides you, the main people who care about affiliation are the editors. They are the best people to ask about affiliation. Gerhard "We Can All Adopt Convention" Paseman, 2018.10.08. $\endgroup$ – Gerhard Paseman Oct 8 '18 at 18:40

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