100 different journals

Rob Elton, medical statistician in the University of Edinburgh, once told me that he had published in 100 different journals. He thought that perhaps only a medical statistician could do this, as we tend to collaborate so widely and so get published in so many journals, often only once.

This made me count the journals in which I had published. It fell far short of the century, but from then on I kept a running total. My colleague Doug Altman and I amused ourselves by competing as to who could reach 100 first. He won by several years. I got there in 2004.

It is often not clear what constitutes a publication, or an academic journal. I included scientific articles, refereed or not, book reviews, editorials, and letters, but not meeting abstracts. I included among my journals the popular science journal New Scientist, but not the newspaper The Guardian.

This is not a serious enterprise, but strictly for fun. In that spirit, here are my first 100 journals:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
American Journal of Epidemiology
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Revue of Respiratory Disease
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Applied Statistics
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Australian Veterinary Journal
Biochimica Clinica
BJU International
British Heart Journal
British Journal of Addiction
British Journal of Anaesthesia
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
British Journal of Dermatology
British Journal of Educational Psychology
British Journal of General Practice
British Journal of Nutrition
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
British Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine
British Journal of Psychiatry
British Medical Journal
Bulletin Physio-Pathologie Respiratoire
Cardiovascular Surgery
Clinica Chemica Acta
Clinical Chemistry
Clinical Endocrinology
Clinical Science
Community Medicine
Computers in Biology and Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Current Contents
East African Journal of Medical Research
European Heart Journal
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
European Journal Of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology.
European Journal of Pediatrics
European Journal of Surgical Oncology
European Respiratory Journal
Family Practice
Genetic Testing
Health Education Journal
Human Nutrition: Clinical Nutrition
Human Reproduction
International Journal of Epidemiology
International Journal of Health Education
Journal of Ambulatory Monitoring
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Journal of Hepatology
Journal of Hypertension
Journal of Medical Genetics
Journal of Neurosurgery
Journal of Rheumatology
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A
Journal of Wound Care
Medical Decision Making
New Scientist
New Society
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Osteoporosis International
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Palliative Medicine
Pediatric Research
Preventative Medicine
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
Respiratory Medicine.
Revue d'Epidemiologie et Sant Publique
Revue Francaise de Gynecologie et d'Obstetrique
Statistical Methods in Medical Research
Statistics in Medicine
Teaching Statistics
The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
The Professional Statistician
The Statistician
Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The hundredth journal was the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, in March 2004. I have now reached 160.

Are there fields other than medical statistics in which it is easy to publish in 100 different journals? If you have done it, let me know. Mail to martin.bland@york.ac.uk.

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