24 Feb 2007

Publisher and journal nicknames

A previous handling editor of BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders affectionately (?) referred to the journal as BMC Wax, Snot and Phlegm, and rumour has it that our independent journal Cough was almost called Cough and Phlegm. A blog going by the name wax, boogers, and phlegm actually exists.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is known by editors at the Lancet as SLoP, and I'm sure that the nicknames Evil Empire and Elseviley need no introduction. In the Pipeline lists the colloquial ways of referring to several journals in the field of organic chemistry, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, known as "Jacks".

If anyone knows of more pejorative or affectionate names for publishers or journals, I'd be interested in hearing them.

A play with an anagram tool reveals that BioMed Central becomes melodic banter, metabolic nerd, atomic blender, dental microbe, clambered into, and mint or debacle.

1 comment:

Bill said...

I was going to check the Lancet link, but even my university (which spends a LOT of money on subscriptions) doesn't bother with the Lancet. So I registered with a throwaway email account, and read the editorial.

What astonishing, childish garbage -- did I miss something? Is it an in-joke? Surely I just missed the joke.