I have seen people mentioning special group of journal, namely NCS journals, but what does it stand for? When people say that "faculty has to publish in NCS to get a shot at tenure", what does it mean? Googling doesn't return anything useful.

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The NCS stands for "Nature, Cell, Science", the top journals in STEM and biomedical fields. The impact factors of these journals are among highest, between 36 and 41.

Some have noticed that publication in NCS journal correlates with academic career success (getting tenure-track position at the top university), while others commented that degree of attention to these top journals is bad for science.

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