I joined a new professional society in the course of registering for that conference in Boston. The benefits of membership, as with many academic societies, include not only a substantial debit to one's bank account, but also a subscription to the journals published under the society's auspices.
And so, not long before the conference, the May/June issue of Subject Area arrived in a tidy envelope, a slightly odd issue to kick off with in mid-July, you might think, but I believe it is actually the most recent one.
In any event, two days later another envelope arrived containing the most recent issue of Topics in Subject, the review journal. This was followed the next day by a new envelope with the April issue of Subject Area inside, to which I was apparently retroactively entitled, although my membership did begin in May. Then I went to Boston.
When I returned, there was another envelope waiting for me! This contained two more back issues of Subject Area: March and January/February. Today, of course, I received a new issue of TiS.
I hope and expect that I will continue to plunge ever further backwards in time, until I get the September 1878 Proceedings of the Royal Society, while TiS proceeds to ever more obscure special issues.
- Topics in Subject: The Effects of Bananas.
- Topics in Subject: Evolutionary Approaches to Flugelhorns.
- Topics in Subject: Oona Chaplin.
Steve suggests that I am more likely to discover that I must put right what once went wrong, hoping against hope someday to make the leap to a present-day journal.
In either case, thank god we got rid of all that furniture.