I am new to this field. I have published one review paper in a journal recently. Do journals issue certificates after publishing manuscripts?

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    What do you mean, issuing a certificate? Do you mean an acknowledgement of your review?
    – user70612
    May 4 '17 at 13:11
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    Why would they? Isn't the paper itself enough proof that you indeed published in the journal?
    – xLeitix
    May 4 '17 at 13:14
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    A certificate of what? May 4 '17 at 13:31
  • @Raakh As Saturnus said the paper itself is a proof. However, if you are publishing with Elsevier you can download the certificate yourself by providing the necessary information. I am not sure about the others. May 4 '17 at 13:41
  • Which field are you new to?
    – padawan
    May 4 '17 at 17:58

Generally, once you have a manuscript published, you don't receive a certificate, but you get something far better and far more practical - a published paper that would be read by a wider audience and potentially, cited (which can be considered as validation of your work). Additionally and importantly, you'll have a bibliographic record that you can add to a website, CV, Christmas Card etc. - that is a true 'certificate' or your work.

Having said all that, a little while ago, I received a small A4 'certificate' for having an article published as a featured article - but that is very journal specific.

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    Normally you would give the bibliographic information about the article. That is your "certificate". Then anyone can find it. If the journal is so obscure that it cannot easily be found, perhaps you can put a copy of the article on your web site as well.
    – GEdgar
    May 4 '17 at 13:38
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    Out of curiosity: What did you do with this certificate? Did anyone ever asked for it? May 4 '17 at 16:26
  • If it was an article I was particularly proud of, I'd probably see if I could get a high-quality reprint, either digital or on paper, that matches the layout of the journal including the other material on the respective pages, and frame that. Given that many journals publish articles as downloadable PDFs, that should be easy and likely something you can do yourself, if only you have access to a reasonably high-quality printer (which almost all are, these days).
    – user
    May 4 '17 at 20:12
  • @FuzzyLeapfrog the certificate is in a folder on my desk, and I have never been asked for it.
    – user70612
    May 4 '17 at 22:12

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