Independent scholars face a number of challenges beyond those faced by their peers with traditional academic positions. We have assembled some pointers and ideas — solutions, or partial solutions, that others have found useful. Hopefully, this will help you to get some of these artificial barriers out of the way, so that you can get on with your work.

This set of pages is still under construction, so check back for updates. If you’ve got suggestions for additions — solutions you’ve found, or challenges you’d like a solution for — contact us and we’ll add them.


Access to journal articles and other library resources.

Funding sources and grants management

Business Cards for Research Scholars

Publication costs / page charges.

Retirement contributions.

Health Insurance.

Freelance careers

  • The Freelancers Union – US-based organization with resources  (including mechanisms for accessing health insurance) for all kinds of freelancers, not just researchers and academics

Institutional Review Board.