Getting older and more forgetful is one of those things you just have to accept. Trying to remember where you left the keys, what day your niece’s birthday is, whether you need to catch the 143 bus or the 134 bus… all those things get harder.
Distinguishing between journals with similar names can be tricky too. Stem Cells seems straightforward until you encounter Cell Stem Cell, which looks like a typo the first time you see it. For some reason I always mix up Development and Developmental Biology too.
The rush to join in the mega-journals market has made things worse. As I noted a few months back we have Open Biology and Biology Open (I dare not put links in to these as I will probably get them the wrong way round), and now I see a new title has been launched by Elsever and FEBS. It will be called FEBS Open Bio. For a moment I thought it was just Open Bio, which would have been terrible, but at least there is the “FEBS” in there to differentiate it.
What is an ageing librarian with looming memory-loss to do? Oh well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. I think I will start lobbying for a new journal to be called Bio Open.