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Dear Jan,

Several of my colleagues and I recently wrote a response to a comment suggesting that junior researchers should stick with traditional, high impact factor journals to build successful careers. Times are changing right now and I'd like to think that the impact factor of the journal is not as important as the impact factor of the individual paper, which is often cited more if it is published in an open access journal because anyone can download the paper for free.

I think this can boil down to a personal choice depending on one's values. As an early career researcher, my current strategy is to diversify and publish in a wide range of journals (thus having a wide range of impact factors). However, I make all of my work open access even if it isn't in an open access journal, which can help the overall impact of each paper.

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