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Does authority rating coincides with impact factor?

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by joinfree, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. joinfree

    joinfree Well-Known Member

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    Please tell me the best place to publish a breakthrough papers on Gravitation. The best choice is surely journal Nature. Slightly less good place is Nature Physics. Less good place is Physical Review Letters, then Physical Review D, Annals of Physics, European Journal of Physics C. Please continue. But please exclude from the list journals of Fully Open Access - I have no money or funding.

    1. Nature,
    2. Nature Physics,
    3. Physical Review Letters,
    4. Physical Review D,
    5. Annals of Physics,
    6. European Journal of Physics C,
    7. ?

    The journal "Science" accepts now papers only of the AAAS members. So, Science is excluded from the rating list of best journals.

     
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  2. Halbhh

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    Perhaps some grad student or post doc that has published papers in a hard science would be best to ask, but I can comment some on the journal Nature. To me, Nature appears (only having read in it occasionally) like an professional status showcase, a prestigious publication (even though of course the articles are about real research of generally good quality), akin (somewhat) to winning an award. And of course it being for-profit, it wants to keep readers that pay the significant subscription fee, such as libraries of various kinds, etc. I'd guess the chance of a grad student being the lone author in a Nature article would be close to 0% unless they had quite a track record already (just a guess; there might be exception(s)). It's not even close to a place I'd expect to see a novel theory from someone young not yet already having quite an impressive track record of papers. Sort of the other end of the spectrum from that kind of publication that would publish such. My impression of major journals (like Physics Review Letters) is still also that typically they will be publishing what seems likely to be already clearly solid to other peers (less speculative stuff unless the author(s) are already established track record (e.g. even as secondary authors on other papers, etc.)). That doesn't mean at all of course that radical new theories from not yet known young researchers can't find an outlet. Rather, you'd have to look for an outlet that wants such (and I'm not the person to ask for that). It's not really that important what journal a paper appears in is my view, but how well it can prove out, and one needs to just keep working, and don't worry too much about which journal one is in and go with what you can find that will publish, as that journal name just isn't as important as the theory and work over time. (So, guessing then that a grad student as a lone author would usually need to aim at the kind of journal that sometimes or often publishes a grad student as a lone author? another possible strategy would be to get a track record on other papers by working with other researchers, if you want to try for a major journal by yourself, but really ask someone who knows more about that)
     
  3. joinfree

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    Forget about that post-modern greedy injustice, tell me your vision of Nature AFTER Lord Jesus Second Coming.

    Come Jesus, Come!
     
  4. Halbhh

    Halbhh Everything You say is Life to me Supporter

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    The New Earth? We don't know a lot from scripture, and I'm totally guessing but I wonder if it might be in some ways like (other ways different) to this current Earth -- without all the problems, and with Nature very perfected in how the ecology works and the animals (if there are, and I'm guessing maybe there could be), they would be harmonious (! that would be so radically different than nature's competition we know now). If so, then maybe even the metaphor that "the lion will lay down with the lamb" could even play out literally? It's very much speculation on my part. Whatever it will be would be so good though, with God Himself having it be a paradise. I've got a feeling it would be better than I can imagine now.
     
  5. Tanj

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    As a non AAAS person that got a paper published in science a few weeks ago, you are wrong.
     
  6. joinfree

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    Your word against mine.
     
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  8. joinfree

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  9. Hans Blaster

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    Generally speaking if you have to ask:

    "Where should I publish my breakthrough paper in X?" then probably (at least one of these):

    1. You aren't really familiar with sub-field X;
    2. Your paper isn't the breakthrough you think it is; and
    3. even if it is, your manuscript isn't ready for publication because you haven't done a through literature search.

    The last point is really important. Even if your result seems totally out of the blue, there is some connections to prior work. Finding relevant references would show you the relevant journals for such a submission and also shows the editors, referees, and readers that you understand the current state of the field you are writing about.

    Now, once you've identified the candidates, picking the journal can be tricky: Do I go flashy (Nature, Science, PRL), or do I want a more specialized journal?

    On your journal listings:

    Nature (and Science) almost never publish mathematical theory. (They do publish a little numerical experiment, a.k.a. simulation.) I've not looked at Nature Physics to see their content (not sure if we subscribe, and I wish they'd stick to their prime purpose: making star bio researchers feel special).

    PRL and PRD definitely publish theory and gravitation. A revolutionary work in gravitation is likely to long to be published in PRL.

    The EJP doesn't have a part C, but the European Physical Journal C does publish gravitation.

    I'm not surprised you missed "Classical and Quantum Gravity" and there are probably a couple more.

    If this is about that manuscript you posted recently, it's not ready, so do yourself a favor and don't send it to a journal and annoy an editor after wasting their time.

    Finally, while there are a few active and retired researchers on this site, there is really no expectation that you can get good advice about which physics journal to send a paper on gravitation to.

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