As for the board talks, I mostly attended the commutative algebra special session, and the board talks were some of the best. They slow the talk down a little bit which gives me more time to think about what is being said/written.

The beer was definitely a winner, but I waited in line so long for it, the food was gone.

]]>Also, even though this may be fairly controversial, there are some web sites that rank math journals. It’s probably not good to get into a mindset that there’s really some distinction between the journal that is ranked 11th and the journal that is ranked 12th and the older lists might not be so up to date, but this can still be a good way to get a sense of a journal’s reputability and roughly what tier you should think of it in, at least take with several grains of salt. With those caveats, here are some of my favorite sites to consult:

https://www.austms.org.au/Rankings/AustMS_final_ranked.html

http://www-users.math.umn.edu/~arnold/math-journal-ratings/ERA2010_math_journals.pdf

http://conteudo.icmc.usp.br/pessoas/andcarva/jourclass.html

Note – that last one is 20 years old and so doesn’t even include some of the newer journals.

]]>One way is to think of a journal, then go to the “Journal” search tab in MathSciNet and find the journal. MathSciNet will give you some data about the journal (including a normalized computation of citations). You can also look at what is in recent issues. When you click on “List Journal Issues”, you can skim through the journal one issue at a time. Also, the facets side bar will cull some information about what is in the issue: the primary mathematics subject classifications occurring (in order of frequency), the names of the authors, and the institutions represented.

Another thing to do is to look for a topic, such as Ginzburg-Landau equations, and search on that. You could put the search term in the title field, the review text field, or the Anywhere field. If you want recent results, you can restrict the time period to, say, > 2014. In the facets sidebar, you can look for the journals in which this search is most frequently represented .

Finally, you can search for an author. This might be because this author is an expert on the subject. Or, it could be because this author tends to write articles of the type you are interested in. One caveat: Mathematical Reviews generally covers research mathematics. So our coverage of expository articles is incomplete. For instance, Quanta Magazine’s great articles about mathematics are not covered. Anyway, back to my original train of thought… In the search results for the author, the facets sidebar will again have the list of journals in which the author has published, listed by frequency.

Finally, something not related to Mathematical Reviews / MathSciNet (where I work): When I was getting started in mathematics – when we had phones and the US Mail, but no web and no arXiv, there was a tradition (for postdocs and junior faculty) of sending your preprints to more established researchers, asking for comments on the paper, but also asking for suggestions where to send it. I have noticed that a lot of mentoring about the profession has now been moved to the web. People post questions to MathOverflow or even Facebook and Twitter. That does produce answers. But I am still an advocate of relating to people: write specifically to some people and ask for their opinion.

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You can look at the pages for specific journals inside MathSciNet, which is a good way to figure out what they cover and how often they are cited.

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