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I am a Master's student, and I'm nearly done with my first paper draft. Although the paper I am currently working on will be published with my advisor, I want to work in research areas that my advisor is not interested in. I can publish on my own but most papers I have reviewed have multiple authors. Will submission of a paper with only my name on it affect the chances of the paper being accepted? How can I go about finding like-minded people to work with?

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    If you do succeed in publishing a single-author paper, this will be more impressive to future recruiters than a multiple-authors paper, so this may be worth the effort. – Sylvain Ribault Dec 17 '19 at 8:36
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Will submission of a paper with only my name on it affect the chances of the paper being accepted?

No. Reputable journals do not intentionally make publication decisions based on who the author(s) are.

That said, getting feedback from colleagues can help you improve your work before you submit it.

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    Reputable journals do not intentionally make publication decisions based on who the author(s) are. That's what everyone wants to believe, but is not true in general. Most of the time it's subconscious bias, but there are even some journals that make it explicit that they're considering the author's identity, e.g. PNAS. – Allure Dec 15 '19 at 8:22
  • @Allure You may have missed the word "intentionally." PNAS may be an exception, I haven't published there. – Anonymous Physicist Dec 15 '19 at 9:27
  • pnas.org/page/authors/journal-policies "A member of the National Academy of Sciences may contribute up to 4 of her or his own manuscripts for publication in PNAS each year ..." which isn't skipping peer review, but is a fast track. Also, there are definitely papers for which the editor thinks "I'm not sure about this, but if [big name scientist] is willing to put his/her name on this paper I'll err on the side of publication". Schon scandal papers are an example, the recent LB-1 paper probably falls into this category as well. – Allure Dec 15 '19 at 10:21
  • @Allure, I would like to advise you sincerely and based on my own long old bitter experience with the so-called very reputable Journals that if your issue is really big then avoid strictly those Journals since you would certainly lose everything for sure because most of them are striving to death to smell anything of that sort, just learn from Wile's story and how did he succeed, and the nobility of academic mathematicians is a very rare cases that can be found only in the many dramatic stories that are solely available in so many books of purely forged history for sure, but there are... – Bassam Karzeddin Dec 15 '19 at 10:25

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