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I am to be on a a panel discussing open access, open research, etc. Most of the online discussion comes from the biomedical sciences. I thought it would make sense to give a viewpoint from the mathematical sciences. Some disciplinary differences that came to mind:
From these one might predict that
Any help in fleshing this out would be appreciated.
It is widely believed in many areas of biology, as I understand it, that a job at a “top” research institution requires publishing in the glamour journals. This is absolutely false in mathematics.
And in fact impossible. The statement ’you need a paper in the Annals to get a job’ is ridiculous. Also Science/Nature/Cell papers are incomparable with maths papers in any journal, as they are very light on details. It would be like publishing a paper with theorems but no proofs.
Concerning the role of top journals (say, 5 of them including publication de l’IHES and Acta), my feeling in France is that most fundamental mathematician that get a paper in one of these journals gets a professor position, and most fundamental mathematician that get a professor position have had one paper published there before. So, publishing in a few given journals is neither sufficient nor necessary to get the higher-level positions, but it is not far from being so either.
Note that in France, lower positions (« maître de conférence ») are tenured to so it may mitigate the above statement.
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