The 13 Weirdest-Named Academic Journals

I can't believe that's science!

Scientists are constantly out proving how the world works, often answering questions most people wouldn't think deserve probing, much less funding: how fast couples walk together, the fluid dynamics of elephant pee, what makes turkeys sexy and how lesbian couples hold hands. And what of the academy that publishes these works? These journals undoubtedly churn out important work cataloging the day-to-day grind of the scientific machine. But...some of them have ridiculous names. Some, like the Nordic Council for Reindeer Husbandry Research's publication Rangifer, are so incredibly specific you'd think they'd run out of submissions after the first issue. Others, like the journal Small, seem so broad you wonder what they might even publish.

In our daily explorations of new studies and academic papers, we've come across a few scholarly publications, from the very scientific to the not-so, that crack us up. Here are some of our favorites.

International Journal Of Fuzzy Systems
The kind of journal you'd like to take home and cuddle.IJFS.org.tw
IEEE Transactions On Advanced Packaging
Intermediate packaging, inquire elsewhere.The Components, Packaging, & Manufacturing Technology Society
Pain
Don't mess with these guys. They have a registered trademark on pain.Elsevier
International Journal Of Control
Do you think these editors ever refer to themselves as "control freaks"?Taylor & Francis
Experiments In Fluids
Adventurous.Springer
Positivity
Is it about contentment, or being really, really certain? Just kidding! It's about math.Springer
The International Journal Of Dairy Technology
Robot cows? Robot cows.The Society of Dairy Technology
Rangifer
An entire journal devoted to Nordic reindeer husbandry.Septentrio Academic Publishing
Idealistic Studies
No room for practicality here.Clark University
The Journal Of Investigative Dermatology
Digging deeper than your average skin doctor.Nature via Wikimedia Commons
The International Journal Of Tourism Sciences
The rigorous science of leisurely vacationing.The Tourism Sciences Society of Korea
International Journal of Žižek Studies
A peer-reviewed, open-access journal focused on the study of the Slovenian "Elvis of cultural theory," Slavoj Žižek. Check out this landing page.via Wikimedia Commons
Small
Their tag line is "No small matter." Come on, guys. Science is serious.Wiley