I have currently a disagreement with my advisor regarding the journal we should send our paper.

My advisor wants to send it to a very specialized journal with low impact factor, and to add a lot of details in the main text. On the other hand I believe the topic is of interest for several communities and want to push the jargon to the appendix, have a polished main text, and try high impact factor journals. Also I want to change fields after my PhD, so a good paper that my prospective boss could understand would be a plus.

He says he doesn't want to put in the effort for a high impact journal, and probably doesn't know also, and that he would prefer to spend his time reading a book or doing new stuff. (He is close to retirement)

I am willing to put in the effort to polish the paper alone, but still he is not satisfied.

For background, our previous paper was sent to a low IF journal, and was accepted immediately with minor revisions. For that paper also we had disagreements how much details to add in the main text and where to send it (and I stepped back). The result is that the gist of the paper got obscured, some big shots read the paper, cited it, but presented the result better, and now they get all the citations.

Similar things have happened to him more than once in the past.

How should I navigate this without offending him?

For the previous paper I stepped back, but now I cringe every time I read it. I feel that although he is smart, he doesn't really know how to communicate effectively, and he is also not interested to try. But this is something that I feel that I have, or at least I am willing to spend time to improve.

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    Is there some reason your advisor is on this paper? If not, let it fly. Working with people who don’t see eye to eye with you requires skill and experience. – A rural reader Jun 3 at 3:45
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    Is it possible to speak openly with him, and bring the other paper example without him being offended? – Alchimista Jun 3 at 8:01
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    How do you resolve disagreements with others ... friends, parents, peers? It sounds like you don't like his manner of presentation, his approach. Yet it takes all sorts to make a world. You'll have to learn how to reach consensus when full agreement isn't possible. My advice: He's your supervisor and no doubt has much more experience than you do. Wrap up the paper and move on. You want to change fields anyway. – A rural reader Jun 3 at 15:59
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    It is very important who is right. Maybe it's you, and maybe it is your supervisor. Impossible to judge without reading the paper. – Louic Jun 3 at 16:13
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    @Louic In so many ways, when it comes to people, it's not always important to validate who is right and who is wrong. It's far more important to work with people such that they all get a bit of what they want, while you further your goals. This person needs to address the concerns (more work) in a way that doesn't burden the PI and address the opportunities (more recognition) in a way that the PI is eager to support. – Edwin Buck Jun 3 at 18:22

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