Obscurity beckons

March 22, 2002

Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research - "the journal of inflated research and personalities" - and the man behind the annual IgNobel Prizes, awarded "for achievements that cannot or should not be reproduced", and The THES need your help in a novel research project.

Mr Abrahams's monthly newsletter invites readers to "join us in conducting the Obscure Journal Survey. This is a joint research project of the Annals of Improbable Research and The Times Higher Education Supplement .

"The project seeks mercilessly to answer a question posed by Steve Farrar of The THES : 'Which is the least-read academic journal?' The question may be more subtle than it appears. Yet we are determined to find the one and true answer.

"If you think you know which journal is the least read, please send the journal name to: Obscure Journal Survey c/o marca@chem2.harvard.edu . Please include pithy, persuasive evidence. If the journal has a website, please include its URL."

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