Will people outside my field know which are the best journals in my field?
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- If you are applying for a job outside your specialty area, such as a Social/Personality psychologist applying for a job in a Business department or Communications department, that department you are applying to will generally have a good understanding of what are considered the best journals in your field, and will thus have a good understanding of how to evaluate your publication record.
- Impact factor rankings from Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is another way for someone outside your field to evaluate the quality of the journals in which you have published. There is considerable debate, however, about the accuracy and validity of impact factor rankings. While this debate is too complicated for discussion here, the general consensus is that impact factor rankings provide a reliable enough ballpark assessment of the reputation of each journal to be useful when evaluating journals.
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