This is a question specific to mathematics.
- what is the status of the journal Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society (Proc. AMS)?
It seems to be a generalist journal that only publishes short papers, and has a massive output (in 2018: 12 issues on 5485 pages). The blurb says :
"To be published in the Proceedings, a paper must be correct, new, and significant. Further, it must be well written and of interest to a substantial number of mathematicians. Piecemeal results, such as an inconclusive step toward an unproved major theorem or a minor variation on a known result, are in general not acceptable for publication".
Yet on Scimago it is ranked below most of the journals I have heard about (in their math/stats ranking it is #256, edit: in the subranking that lists mostly pure math journals, it is still lower than most I know edit ends). Nevertheless, I see that very well established researchers sometimes publish there (I won't give names obviously).
So to be more specific :
- do you always submit somewhere else first, and it the paper is rejected then consider Proc. AMS ?
- or maybe is publishing there an act of "giving back to the community by promoting the AMS" ?
- or is it mostly a journal for anybody who needs a quick publication (as the workflow seems quite fast) ?