Five most specific scientific journals | Day 261

You may recall that I’ve been musing about scientific journal names for a while, and in particular how specific some of them are. When you look at medical journals, there are a whole bunch named after body parts, such as Spine, Blood, Brain, Pancreas, Retina, Bones, Heart, Chest, and so on.

I thought I’d have a look and pick five highly specific scientific journals that I found particularly interesting, or specific, or amusing.1

The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal

Official publication of the American association of the same name, ACPA.

“The mission of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal is to publish information of the highest scientific quality regarding cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies in order to advance the global education of scientists and clinicians.”

Ion Exchange Letters

Chemistry journal, as the name implies.

This journal is focused on rapid publication of articles in the field of ion exchange, sorption, metal-ligand interactions and related fields.”

Calcified Tissue International

…and Musculoskeletal Research. Not that specific when you look at the scope, but the title is great.

The Journal serves as a forum to explore the biochemical, biophysical, molecular, and genetic determinants of the structure, function, and metabolism of bone, and other musculoskeletal  tissues in living organisms.”

The Post Office Electrical Engineers’ Journal

Okay, so this one hasn’t been in circulation since 1982. But for the 74 years that it was in print, this journal documented the development of UK’s telecommunications network.

It has been renamed The Journal, and is “the telecoms industry’s leading technical magazine, drawing together in-depth features, news and analysis of key developments within the sector.”


My absolute favourite in this list. Devoted to the biology and management of moose.

Alces invites original manuscripts describing studies of the biology and management of moose throughout their circumpolar distribution, as well as other ungulate or carnivore species that overlap their range.”

Also, see Rangifer.

Any researchers reading this may have encountered highly specific scientific journals in their own fields. Share your favourite!


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  1. No other considerations were taken into account, such as credibility or reputation, indexations or any other academically relevant stuff.

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