Peer Review and Self Publication of Scientific Theories using trusted time stamping
I am chronic thinker and get a lot of ideas that way. But the possibility of getting these
ideas peer reviewed and published in a journal are close to zero because I have lost touch with
the university where I got my physics degree.
Then I got this idea of publishing a pre print or eprint at sites like philica and arxiv.org etc
but found the doors shut for me there as well. These places are reserved for the accredited people
from universities. I couldn't even register as an author.
So I thought and thought about it and found a simple solution.
- Buy a personal website.
- Purchase a code signing certificate or create a self signed certificate (google how to create a self signed certificate).
- Create an Html document folder containing your idea and all related jpg files.
- Zip that folder and turn the zip file into a self extracting exe file.
- Use trusted time stamping to sign the exe file.
To do trusted time stamping:
Download signtool from Microsoft or Osslsigncode from sourceforge.
Sign the exe using the command:
signtool sign /q /f d:\ex\sign\mycert.pfx /p mypassword %1.exe
To use verisign trusted timestamp use the command:
signtool timestamp /t http://timestamp.verisign.com/scripts/timstamp.dll %1.exe
To use comodo trusted timestamp use the command:
signtool timestamp /q /t http://timestamp.comodoca.com/authenticode %1.exe
To use globalsign trusted timestamp use the command:
signtool timestamp /q /t http://timestamp.globalsign.com/scripts/timstamp.dll %1.exe
Trusted Time stamping will work even if you use a self signed certificate. It is alright to use a self signed
certificate because we are not interested in *WHO* signed the exe but on *WHEN* it was signed. Though
the self signed certificate is not to be trusted the trusted time stamp issued by verisign/comodo/globalsign
is what matters in this instance. You can of course purchase a trusted code signing certificate from
these companies instead of using a self signed certificate.
- Upload the exe file and the html folder to your website.
The trusted time stamping is useful to get an independent proof of the date+time of your idea so
we can know who thought up an idea first.
The internet is the greatest peer review ground. All ideas are thrashed
in a million different ways. It was
important for me to communicate my ideas to mankind so that other people more skilled than
me can work on it and make it better. If my idea is good it will automatically enter the
mainstream in the future after people have thrashed it and corrected the weaknesses in
logic. It is important for ideas to be published as soon as possible so others can
think on it and refine it and the fastest way to publish is the internet.
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