I have published two research works in Q1 and Q2 journals, working as a research assistant (co-author). I am wondering whether the published work increases my chances of acceptance for a master's program, if all other factors are good but not exceptional. The two works improved the state-of-the-art in a particular subfield and my involvement in both works was very much in every aspect of the research, from idea development, modeling to writing.
Note: my field is electrical engineering
Edit: To add more substance, would having such publications and research experience make me an equivalent candidate to, say, someone applying with ~4.0 GPA but no research experience? Which usually aims high when applying (for reference, my GPA is 3.7)