posted by Liz Bell on .
If you thought you had discovered a new element, how could you get the scientific world to accept your discovery?
Please refer to your later post, which I saw first.
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.