So I was recently informed by a professor whose lab I worked in that the resulting paper had been published in Physics Review E, with me as second author. I get the impression this is a journal with low to no standards, although no hard evidence to support that. In my opinion the paper itself was very mediocre with no real goal or conclusion. It honestly would be hard for me to talk up this paper or put it on a resume. I'd rather not get too far into why that happened or what the paper is about, but I had minimal influence on the actual writing of the paper and pretty much just did the actual work of conducting all of the experiments. Has anyone here had a similar experience? What is the value of a paper like this on grad school applications? Will I get laughed at?