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The way I usually choose journals is by looking at where people I trust/follow publish, and where previous work was published. It is usually not too hard to compare the quality your work to the quality of the work you are citing, and chose a target based on that. Unless your field is highly mutli-disciplinary, you will see the same journals/conferences ...


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You may want to check that the publisher is not on Beall's List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers. Surprisingly, the publisher in question is not. I've found Beall's list to be fairly comprehensive, but the vanity press industry seems to be booming. Caveat: that list is just one guy's opinion. But it resonates with my own experience. Update: As of ...


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I think you can generally trust faculty to be adults when it comes to graduate admissions and a tenure track job. The biggest problem I would see is when you teach (future undergraduate) students. I'm not sure how you would want to deal with them. I would say that university administrators tend to be adversity shy and could be a problem. I would ...


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It is quite likely that there is an overlap in who gets asked to referee the two submissions, which would lead to the double submission being detected. Double submission of papers is sufficient ground for retraction - even after the paper has been accepted for publication. As some journals publish submission dates with published papers, it is conceivable ...


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I don't know if this will help you, but not all Israeli academics are united behind the policies of the current government. Most of those that I know are not, actually, and some actively oppose those policies. However, if you truly don't wish to publish in an Israeli sponsored journal you should actually discuss it with your advisor, as uncomfortable as ...


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My question is, if I don't change my name (I've considered this, assuming I can keep him from finding out) and my photos are circulated and discovered by faculty or students, how likely am I to be thrown out of my PhD program or later lose a job as an untenured prof? Is a name change worth it? On the main question, consider the answers and comments ...


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Simultaneous submission to more than one journal can be lethal to your reputation. For an example, see this article from COPE (Committee On Publication Ethics). In that case, the author(s) were effectively blacklisted by all the journals to which they had submitted simultaneously, and the information was made public. Even if you are planning to leave ...


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First, if you think the manuscript is not worth submitting even after major revisions, or in other words, if you as a referee would recommend its rejection, then the answer is clear - you shouldn't be coauthor. However it seems that you evaluate the manuscript as ok-ish, and the main concern is that its content is somehow outdated. I would do what your old ...


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The website has a button that says "IEEE proof", whatever that is supposed to mean, which seems like the equivalent of a folder on your computer named "definitely not porn". Understand: they're trying suspiciously hard to use their (alleged) IEEE affiliation as a marker of legitimacy and quality. Follow that link and enjoy that delightful prose: "We ...


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In my opinion, since you aren't the supervisor, it's not your role to stop the student from publishing. If you are an expert in the subject of the publication and you don't think it's strong, you should advise them not to publish and explain why, but that's as far as you should go. However, you "let him put [your] name on the paper" -- a paper which, by ...


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The best way is by word-of-mouth: ask around the department, ask your PhD advisor, ask people you've worked with. If it is a specialist journal, and you are a specialist, then the next best way is to look at the previously published issues of the journal and see what kinds of articles they accept. Failing that, the Australian Government's Research ...


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"How do you judge the quality of a journal?" One answer is already known to you: Submit a paper to it and see how it responds. I once submitted a few papers to an online journal (no print equivalent) and the referee reports that I got clearly showed that they read and understood the paper and that they knew the subject well. They even suggested ways how ...


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Similarly, why don't reputable journals introduce a comment space for their published papers, where fellow researchers could appreciate/criticise/query the works? They don't need to create such a space, since these comments can already appear elsewhere on the internet. Nevertheless, some journals have tried, but they typically attract very few comments, ...


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How can I judge the quality of research of a group? This is the wrong question. What you should be asking is "How can I judge which research group will best support my educational and career goals?" And yes, this is a very different question. And while lab productivity may be correlated with the future career prospects of its members, the two are not ...


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This is not a direct answer, but I feel that this is the kind of question where the premise needs to be challenged. Your assumption that mentioning the true reason for not wanting to publish in that journal is safe might be overly "optimistic". I am a UK academic, neither Jewish nor with personal ties to Israel, very much not a fan of the current Israeli ...


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They are trying to sell their books and associated vanity products. They know that their primary market for it, is people included in it. Personally, I'd take an academic's inclusion in it to be a possible indication of gullibility. If you've got the time, the Forbes article on the Marquis Who's Who series, "Hall of Lame", is worth a read.


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For some reason there is this belief in academia that people should work without pay. It's inappropriate. You need to walk away. Even early career researchers are allowed to work for pay. It would also seem that a 6-month grant would only be for a rather small project. Can the project be tied off quickly so that you can move on? If the senior PIs are ...


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Your impulse to try to find out whether your "mathematical side results" are new and/or publishable is a great one, but I think you need to go about it in a different way. If you are not a mathematician and working without the guidance / mentorship of an experienced mathematician, trying to get your results published in math journals will be somewhere ...


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You need to understand that the quality of journals is not bijectively related to the company that publishes it. Elsevier and Springer are publishers, they have a portfolio of journals and are sometimes hired by professional or academic societies to provide publishing services. The quality of the journal depends on other factors, mostly the editorial ...


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How much is this website credible? Does anyone (including academic employers) give credit to those listed there (email says, inclusion in Who's Who in the World is a sign of true success. The book is a global reference source relied upon by universities, libraries, corporations, and governments around the world). I will restrict to "academic employers" -- ...


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Just as a note which won't fit in a comment, the use of single submission is wide-spread in the western academy outside of law. Legal academics in the US, on the other hand, are expected to pursue a multiple-submission strategy where they shop their articles to many journals at the same time. There is all sorts of gamesmanship and politicking when it comes ...


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How likely am I to be thrown out of my PhD program? Zero likelihood. You will not be thrown out. You would not be violating any rules or regulations; and while a few people might - unjustly - form a poor opinion of your character, well, lots of academics form poor opinions on the character of lots of PhD candidates - usually for more valid reasons. Others ...


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I somewhat disagree with the previous answers. I think it is largely improbable that publishing a paper would harm your career, but it could if, for example, it is really poor and someone happens to read it. Eykanal in a comment to Dave Clarke said that "no one would consider holding you accountable for the content of the paper"; I recall that there is a ...


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I'm afraid this answer may be unsatisfying, but at its root, it just boils down to the culture of the field, as determined by early choices in its particular history. Now that it is well established, practices have developed that cement it in place, including clear distinctions between what goes in a journal and what goes in a conferences. Michael Ernst ...


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TL;DR Top journals tend to have that reputation because they're regularly publishing top papers. Similarly, journals that have a reputation for being "merely" pretty good tend to mostly publish papers that are "merely" pretty good. I think that far and away the most important reason that certain journals acquire reputations for being strong journals is that ...


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You have a lot of questions all interspersed within your question block so I will try my best to answer. Here is a disclaimer: Disclaimer: I am a past graduate student of the Indian Statistical Institute Mathematics research, especially in theory, is pretty good in India. The top institutions (in no order of ranking) are: Indian Institute of Science, ...


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These things are essentially a vanity publishing scam. Being included typically means that you have $100 to burn and poor consumer skills. Don't touch it with a 10 foot pole.


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The effect of retractions on scientific careers has been studied, and the conclusion is essentially that retractions don't hurt scientists who are behaving carefully and ethically. For your case, it sounds like you were clearly exonerated, and that your only fault was being a junior researcher who wasn't proactive about ensuring honesty on the part of your ...


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For some hard data I like eigenfactor, because I think there methodology makes a lot of sense. The default settings are a bit odd, you want the AI score not EF score. I also like the "eigenfactor category" under advanced search better than the "ISI category" that you can get on the main page. Certainly it's better to have a more in-depth understanding, ...


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