I am a citizen scientist. A citizen scientist is in general an amateur scientist. Even I have an academic degree, I consider myself as an amateur scientist, because I quit my academic job a long time ago for a career in private industry.
If you are a citizen scientist, you do not have an easy life. Professional scientists usually just smile at citizen scientists. Submitted articles to professional science magazines will be nearly 100% rejected. The editor will tell you, that your article is not suitable for publication in his/her magazine, that the results are limited in scope, without clear connection to the magazines topics and that it would not be suitable for their readership.
A half year ago I had a vision of a niche Hackaday prize, the citizen scientist prize. I put it to the stack here: https://hackaday.io/page/1521-hackaday-science-prize-2016
Fortunately the Hackaday folks assimilated the idea. The citizen scientist prize achieved in total 216 entries and 20 semifinalists including my project. But what I really want to say is, that citizen scientists need a strong platform like a magazine where they can publish their results without being discriminated because they are amateurs. There are already some intentions in this direction, for example the The Citizen Science Quarterly. Please leave a comment, if you have the same or another opinion!