I am a postdoc in chemistry and have published 15 papers in RSC journals. I hope to publish about 8 papers during the next year and then apply for a tenure-track position in the US.

My group leader strongly prefers RSC journals. Both ACS and RSC have similar titles. As I compared, they publish similar numbers of papers with similar impact factors.

Since I want to apply for a position in the US, is it beneficial for me to publish some papers in the ACS journals or it is OK to have all my publications in the RSC journals?

ACS: American Chemical Society RSC: Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)

  • They are not identical but very similar.
    – Googlebot
    Jul 31, 2017 at 20:48
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    If it's a good paper, it doesn't matter much where you publish it: the work will be recognize whether it's ACS or RCS.
    – user67075
    Jul 31, 2017 at 21:20
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    @ZeroTheHero In a job application, the search committee does not read the papers, they look at journals in the list of publications. At least for shortlisting, the journal titles are more important than the paper contents.
    – Googlebot
    Jul 31, 2017 at 21:28
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    @All In a job application, the search committee does not read the papers — Mine does. (In particular, I do, and I'm not the only one.)
    – JeffE
    Aug 1, 2017 at 1:01
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    @All you have shortlisted them by the publication list first -- ...and from recommendation letters from well-informed experts. -- How do you choose the sample papers of each candidate to read? -- Recimmendation letters, Google Scholar, and whatever looks cool.
    – JeffE
    Aug 1, 2017 at 4:04

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Given reputable venues like these, you should expect a good department that you'd want to be a part of to pay attention to the substance of your work, rather than splitting hairs on whether they like one society better than the other.

Not all departments will do this, of course. For example, I know of at least one department that discounts all journals except ones published by its favorite society. Do you really want to be part of such a narrow institution, however?

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