Suppose a researcher holds PhD and is an aspiring lecturer in a particular subject but he has sound knowledge in other areas of studies. Should he try publish research papers on the unrelated areas? What if a researcher decides to collaborate with researchers from other fields of studies and publish quality research papers? Will it be acceptable to the interview board where the researcher will appear for a interview on only one subject on which he did his PhD. I'm assuming that the interview board members have knowledge only on a given subject where the candidate has applied for appearing in the interview. So will they react negatively to papers on multiple disciplines? Of course the researcher will have publications in reputed journals in Scopus and WOS in his own area of study too

  • The only negative impression is if you publish poor quality papers or have papers in predatory journals.
    – VitaminE
    Sep 19 at 8:18
  • Predatory journals are very disturbing I guess. But sometimes good journals can masquerade as or even scopus Q2 journals go rogue after sometime. That's beyond my control. I am thus concentrating solely on Taylor and Francis for humanities and Springer and Elsevier journals for others. These papers take one year for the entire peer review process to complete. Rest is luck.. I don't know what else to do...thank you for your input. In our country publishing even poor papers can pass as great achievement while good papers can be looked down upon based upon the attitude of the board members. Sep 19 at 13:04
  • If people come to the conclusion you cannot focus (independently of whether you think you can), this will work against you. Convince the board that you will be outstanding in the field that they interview for. That being said, I know people who excelled in multiple fields and made a career - but this normally works rather against them, so you need to be better than the average specialist in the field in question to convince a traditional board. Sep 19 at 15:11
  • @Only1INDRAJIT good journals go rogue? I have never seen it happened. If board members look down on people with good publications, then they are simply jealous. You are better off working somewhere else. The best managers will hire people smarter than them. If not, the organization/university is as dumb as the manager.
    – VitaminE
    Sep 19 at 23:21
  • @Emacs thank you for the input. Yes I have that confidence that I am able to focus on my field and have sufficient expertise to prove a point. However, in our country there are often different factors and quotas for different class and categories of people + secret contact with the board members that clearly go against ordinary researchers like us. Many with similar financial conditions get to claim/secure the advantage of being socially/financially excluded due to their surname/class while I can't (that's open and uncontested) +the factor of familiarity with the board members work against us Sep 20 at 2:08

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