The discussion about non-professionals publishing papers rumbles on (see my last few posts and those over at SV-POW!). In the comments of a post at the latter, I made the following comment
“Reading these comments I think the real issue here is that people are hitting these barriers and not realising that actually these barriers are either not hard to breech (getting hold of papers), non-existent (not being ‘allowed’ to publish) or are only an occasional hazard (bad refereeing). In this case, what it seems we need to do is get people to realise how easy it can be to get started (if getting something finished can be really hard!).”
This seems worth repeating (in addition to various things I have said on here before). Research is just research, and while I strongly recommend some training, guidance and experience to help you, anyone can publish. Science is open to anyone and scientific publication is open to anyone. You can do it if you want to. Those barriers that you may thing exist are either not there, not what you think, or really quite minor or infrequent and something that all of us face, not just those who feel they are ‘outside’. If you want to publish you can, just do it right.