Most obscure journal contest
jen writes \"An update on the contest from AIR (Annals of Improbable Research).
Here\'s the release:
The past month has seen further turns and twists on the road to
identifying the world\'s Most Obscure Journal. This joint research
project of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) and the Times
Higher Education Supplement (THES) seeks to answer this question:
\"Which is the least-read academic journal?\"
The challenge proves ever-more subtle. Several readers proposed
that journals which now exist only on audio tape are, by
definition, \"unread.\" For purposes of this investigation, we
blindly reject that assertion.
Here are some of the latest batch of obscure observations.
INVESTIGATOR J. MAKIN:
The journal that I edit, EDUCATION LIBRARIES JOURNAL, (ISSN 0957-
9575) is subscribed to by about 300 institutions\' libraries in 30
countries around the world but I sometimes wonder whether anyone,
apart from the writers of articles and reviewers, and those
seeking an outlet for this esoteric piece of librarianship
research or that possibly unique survey into library users\'
habits, ever reads it.
INVESTIGATOR J. BELL:
Journal of the Obscure Horror Cinema has a web site
However, given that there were only four issues, it might just
INVESTIGATOR D. SINGMASTER:
I have a reference to an article in the Journal of the History of
Dentistry, vol. 4, 1999. It seems to be little read, possibly even
[EDITOR\'S NOTE: We managed to dig up an article online at
about \"Augusto Coelho e Souza: The Father of Brazilian
Dentistry,\" about whom one can learn more by seeing this
month\'s selection of \"MAY WE RECOMMEND\" items, below.]
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If you think you know which journal is truly the least-read,
please send its name to:
OBSCURE JOURNAL SURVEY c/o
Please include PITHY but persuasive EVIDENCE that the journal
EXISTS and that its readership is triumphantly meager. If the
journal has a web site, please include its URL. \"