I work in the field of algebra (more specifically the representation theory of groups). I published most of my papers in journals of algebra and another algebra journal of similar quality as journal of algebra and think about having some papers now in slightly better journals. (It would be good if the editorial board has some names close to my field of research, but this is optional.) Here are some examples that come to my mind: Mathematische Zeitschrift, the Journals of the London mathematical society, IMRN.
- Is it considered to be much better to have a publication in such a general journal than in a specialized journal like Journal of Algebra? I made the experience that sending my papers to Journal of Algebra, one gets a much quicker publication and the editors are closer to my field. So from my side I would just send all my papers to Journal of Algebra or another specialised journal, but I assume that this will look weird in my CV. Does it harm me if I do this even when some of my papers could go into a slightly better journal like Mathematische Zeitschrift? I feel uncomfortable sending my papers to editors that are far away from my field of research.
Some secondary questions:
How bad is it to have a very good paper (that might be suitable for the best general journals) published in a journal like Journal of Algebra?
Can one give an approximate how much worth a paper in Advances of Math (or a similar or better journal) is compared to a paper in journal of algebra? Like 3 Journal of Algebra papers = one Advances of Math paper and 6 Journal of Algebra papers = 1 Inventiones paper?