Is there any disadvantage of having only accepted papers but no published papers while applying for a postdoc position? All my papers are in arxiv, where the names of journals where my papers will appear are mentioned. One of the journals has a webpage for upcoming papers, but it seems like the other journal has nothing such.

My research area is in geometry and topology.

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    I mean, what are you gonna do about it? Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 2:29
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    Honestly, when choosing postdocs I mainly look at reference letters and the arXiv preprints. Everyone understands that publication takes time. Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 15:40

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It doesn't matter, for papers "to appear" and a fixed publication are equally valuable on your CV.

Sometimes in academia there can be bureaucratic reasons where "accepted" and "published" can make a small difference. But in the context of applying for postdocs it doesn't matter.


It is not a big deal, but I have been in situations, where applicants for tenure-track positions listed a lot of work-in progress, forthcoming articles or articles "in the second round" and this does leave mixed impressions, in particular, if there are other candidates that have a similar track record of only published work. In committee discussions, you get members saying "Look this guy has a great pipeline of upcoming works" and others saying "Most of the guys listed works are not even published yet."

However, if you have recently completed your PhD, it is normal and ok if some works are not yet published but "just" accepted

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