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If you thought you had discovered a new element, how could you get the scientific world to accept your discovery?

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    Please refer to your later post, which I saw first.


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    This website describes how the process usually happens today.

    New element discovery (and creation) is usually a joint effort involving scientists in the USA, Europe and Russia, where a heavy ion accelerator is used to bombard unstable radioactive targets such as Berkelium made in the USA.

    Results are often announced at a press conference, but are not officially accepted until published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which is usually Physical Review Letters.

    Names for new elements are assigned by a governing body called IUPAC, after the discovery is confirmed, usually years later. The discovers many suggest names but they usually are not chosen.

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