The majority of researchers use "edu" emails on their research publication, when some academia use Gmail as the corresponding address.

Many of the young researchers do not have a permanent "edu" email address. It is seem to be consensus of this site that Gmail is better than temporary emails and alumni emails. According to other answers, the Gmail option receive much more upvotes than the alumni option.

Established researchers and people on this site heavily promote Gmail; in contrast, on research papers, the vast majority of the junior researchers put their temporary institutional address rather than Gmail. Although I cannot find a research article backing up my "statistical findings", I am quite sure about this at least for students in my school.

In my opinion, alumni email combines the advantages of both Gmail (permanent) and institutional email (credible). However, people do use Gmail much more often than alumni email. I've read or skimmed thousands of papers and alumni address was noticed only once. I guess it might be weird if the email address and the affiliation come from different educational institutes?

So I ask: how is Gmail way better than the alumni email or temporary email? If Gmail is so good, why do people still use temporary emails at the most of the times? If I have a permanent alumni address, is it a choice better than my temporary address or Gmail address?

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    This question is unanswerable without knowing the purpose for which you are using the email address. Teaching? Contact information in a publication? Joining the alumni association? In any case, your choice of email address matters little. Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 6:48
  • @AnonymousPhysicist Contact info in research publication
    – High GPA
    Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 7:16
  • I guess the cited answer isn't representative. Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 8:08
  • I don't see anything contradictory here. What precisely is claimed to be the contradiction? Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 8:56
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    @TobiasKildetoftto The majority here voted for "Gmail" while the people in real life vote for the other option.
    – High GPA
    Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 9:46

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The email address listed in a publication (per clarification in the comments) does not matter at all, so long as you can read email sent to it.

Most of the email you will receive will be from automated systems. I use a unique email address for each publication. These unique email addresses receive many requests for money from fraudulent journals.

Exception: According to rumor, a few universities have (insane) rules requiring you to use a particular email address in your publications.

  • I didn't know why people downvoted. From my experience, once you block those fraudulent journals, you can easily see some honorable communications such as questions and material requests.
    – High GPA
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 13:23

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