Under The Same Name: Journal titles and band names

Some journals sound like they should be bands.

Whereas some journal titles ARE in fact the same as band names.

I wondered… how many journal titles are also band names.

Let’s find out!

The journals cited in PubMed could be downloaded as a text file from here.

This list includes every MEDLINE journal – even defunct ones – as well as non-MEDLINE journals where content is is in PMC. This will do for now, but is obviously limited. We can get a list of only the journal titles using the command line.

grep -e 'JournalTitle: ' J_Medline.txt | sed -r 's/^JournalTitle: //' > ./all_titles.txt

Now we need a list of bands. Discogs has an API, but fortunately they make monthly dumps of their data available for download here. The info for Artists is available as xml.gz. I unzipped the file and copied it to the correct place.

Now we switch to R. I use a standardised folder structure in the wd – all that matters is that in Data/ I have all_titles.txt and discogs_20211001_artists.xml

With a few lines of code we can get both the band names and the journal titles into R and find exact matches.

library(tidyverse)
library(xml2)
# get a list of all artists names from discogs
bands <- "Data/discogs_20211001_artists.xml" %>%
  read_xml() %>%
  xml_find_all('.//artist/name') %>%
  xml_text()
# import the list of journals cited in PUBMED
journals <- readLines("Data/all_titles.txt")

# make data frames with the same column title
bands <- as.data.frame(bands)
journals <- as.data.frame(journals)
names(bands) <- "jb"
names(journals) <- "jb"

# do inner join to find journalBands
journalBands <- merge(bands,journals, by = "jb")
# get rid of duplicates
journalBands <- unique(journalBands)

> nrow(bands)
[1] 7780344
> nrow(journals)
[1] 34388
> nrow(journalBands)
[1] 525

We had 8 million artist names from discogs and 34K journal titles from PubMed. We found 525 journals that match band names. The full list is below. I verified that a few of the weirder names were genuine.

1                 Adler
2           Adolescents
3                 Aevum
4           Afghanistan
5                  Afya
6                   Age
7                 Aging
9                Albion
10              Alergia
11              Allergy
12                Alter
13          Alternation
14                Ambio
15              America
16             Americas
17               Amicus
18             Anaerobe
19          Anaesthesia
20             Analysis
21            Analytica
22              Anatomy
23               Anemia
24              Antaios
25           Antichthon
26         Anticipation
27             Antipode
28            Antiquity
29              Anxiety
30                 Apex
31            Apollonia
33               Aporia
34             Appetite
35              Arabica
36                Arbor
37          Archaeology
38       Art in America
39               Artery
40            Arthritis
41                  Arv
42              Ascania
43              Asepsis
44                 Asia
45         Astrobiology
46            Astronomy
47               Atenea
48              Atlanta
49           Atmosphere
50               Atomes
51                Atoms
52            Autophagy
53                  Ayu
54               Azania
55               Aztlan
56               Banque
57            Behaviour
58             Belfagor
59              Benelux
60               Biblos
61         Biochemistry
62              Biology
63         Biomechanics
64           Biometrics
65                 Bios
66           Birthright
67                Blood
68                 Blut
69                 Bone
70               Boreas
71               Boston
72               Botany
73               Briefs
74                    C
75                 Cabo
76                Cairo
77               Canada
78               Cancer
79              Cancers
80               Carbon
81           Cardiology
82              Caritas
83            Cartilage
84               Catena
85                 Cell
86                Cells
87          Centerpoint
88                Ceres
89               Change
90             Channels
91                Chart
92                 Chem
93            Chemistry
94         Chemotherapy
96                Chest
97            Chirurgia
98           Chromosoma
99                Cilia
100         Circulation
101           Claustrum
102             Clinics
103                Clio
104             Cloning
105           Cognition
106          Commitment
107          Communique
108           Companion
109             Compare
110            Computer
111             Concern
112            Conector
113             Contact
114          Continuity
115           Continuum
116         Contrepoint
117              Cornea
118           Cosmetics
119            Courrier
120        Criminologie
121              Crisis
122           Criterion
123            Crucible
124                Crux
125          Cryogenics
126            Crystals
127              Curare
128             Current
129            Cytokine
130            Daedalus
131             Daphnis
132            Database
133           Decisions
134           Decubitus
135           Defenders
136                Dens
138          Depression
139            Diabetes
140              Dialog
141            Dialogue
142            Diastema
143         Differences
144           Digestion
145           Dimension
146            Diogenes
147             Diotima
148           Disasters
149            Discover
150             Dissent
151           Diversity
152                 DNA
153               Dress
154               Drugs
155           Dubrovnik
156          Earthwatch
157               Ebony
158              Echoes
159             Ecology
160          El Palacio
161         Electronics
162                 ELH
163           Emergency
164           Endeavour
165           Endocrine
166           Endoscopy
167         Environment
168        Environments
169              Enzyme
170                 Eos
171           Epidemics
172           Epilepsia
173         Equilibrium
174             Essence
175              Ethics
176           Ethnology
177              Ethnos
178           Eugenesia
179           Evolution
180          Expedition
181            Explorer
182            Extremes
183              Facies
184            Factotum
185            Farmacia
186          Finisterra
187              Fishes
188               Flora
189                 Fly
190               Focus
191            Folklore
192              Forbes
193             Forests
194             Fortune
195               Forum
196         Foundations
197            Fractals
198             Francia
199         Front Lines
200           Frontiers
201              Future
202             Futures
203               Games
204                 Gan
205            Gavroche
206             Gazette
207             Genders
208                Gene
209               Genes
210             Geneses
211            Genetica
212            Genetics
213            Genetika
214              Genome
215               Genus
216             Geology
217               Germs
218               Geron
219                Glia
220                  GP
221               Group
222              Growth
223                 Gut
224               Hades
225             Halcyon
226            Harper's
227              Health
231          Healthplan
232        Helicobacter
233          Hemoglobin
234              Hermes
235                Herz
236        Heterocycles
237         Hippocampus
238            Historia
240           Historica
241                 HNO
242           Il Sangue
243               Image
244            Immunity
245          Immunology
246         Impressions
247             Imprint
248             Impulse
249              Indica
250           Infection
251         Infertility
252        Inflammation
253              Injury
254         Innovations
255           Intellect
256        Intelligence
257         Interaction
258            Intercom
259          Interferon
260              Ionics
261                 IRB
262                   J
263               Joule
264            Kangaroo
265                Kemi
266               Kleio
267            Koinonia
268          Kybernetik
269          La Cellule
270                Land
271           Landscape
272          Landslides
273            Language
274                Laws
275          Leopoldina
276            Leukemia
277              Levant
278                Lias
279            Ligament
280           Listening
281               Liver
282               Logos
283              Lucina
284                Lung
285               Lupus
286            Lymphoma
287        Mademoiselle
288           Magnesium
289                Maia
290            Mammalia
291             Mankind
292               Marga
293              Margin
294            Marriage
295              Matter
296             Matters
297             Meander
298            Medicina
302            Medicine
304             Medicus
305           Membranes
307                Memo
308                Meta
309              Metals
310              Metron
311                  MH
312       Micromachines
313              Midway
314           Midwifery
315            Midwives
316           Migration
317             Minerva
318              Mirror
319   Mitochondrial DNA
320       Mitochondrion
321           Mnemosyne
322              Mobius
323            Momentum
324        Mother Jones
325                Moyo
326                  MS
327         Mutagenesis
328           Mycologia
329            Mycology
330                Nano
331      Nanotechnology
332              Natura
333              Nature
334           Neoplasma
335         Neue Heimat
336           Neurology
337              Neuron
338        Neurosurgery
339            New West
340            New York
341             Newport
342                 NTM
343               Numen
344             Nursing
348           Nutrients
349               Omega
351            Oncology
352              Optica
353               Optik
354           Opusculum
355               Orbis
356             Organon
357             Origins
358         Orthopedics
359              Osiris
360       Paediatrician
361                Pain
362             Palaios
363            Pancreas
364             Parking
365         Pathologist
366           Pathology
367           Patologia
368              People
369          Perception
370           Personnel
371        Perspectives
372         Philosophia
373           Phonetica
374           Phonology
375           Photonics
376           Phronesis
377             Physics
378              Phyton
379            Placenta
380             Plasmid
381           Platelets
382              Platon
383          Polyhedron
384             Polymer
385            Polymers
386          Population
387          Positivity
388              Praxis
390               Prion
391               Prism
392               Probe
393           Prospects
395         Protoplasma
396               Psych
397              Psyche
398           Psychosis
399             Publius
400                Pula
401               Quipu
402           Radiology
403            Ramparts
404               Ratio
405                Rays
406                 RDH
407              Reason
408            Receptor
409              Record
410         Reflections
411      Rehabilitation
412                Reis
413          Rendezvous
414              Resume
415       Resuscitation
416                  RF
417                 Rig
418                  RN
419            Robotica
420             Romania
421            Saeculum
422               Salus
423              Sangre
424            Santiago
425            Sapienza
426             Sarcoma
427             Savanna
428             Scandia
429             Science
430 Scientific American
431               Scope
432              Screen
433         Scriptorium
434             Sefarad
435             Seizure
436                Self
437         Separations
438              Sepsis
439               Shiso
440              Sierra
441                Sign
442               Signs
443             Silence
444          Simulation
445             Skeptic
446                Skin
447               Sleep
448         Smithsonian
449             Society
450          Sojourners
451           Soundings
452            Speculum
453               Spine
454            Spirales
455          Statistics
456               Stats
457            Steroids
458               Stoma
459          Strabismus
460              Strain
461              Stroke
462             Studium
463               Sucht
464             Suicide
465             Surgery
466            Survival
467            Symmetry
468            Synthese
469           Synthesis
471               Taxon
472         Technologia
473           Tectonics
474             Terapia
476          Teratology
477           Terrorism
478         Tetrahedron
479              Texana
480         The Analyst
482       The Archivist
483          The Beaver
484          The Bridge
485    The Californians
486           The Child
487       The Chronicle
488         The Courier
489         The Freeman
490        The Futurist
491            The Hand
492             The Hip
493        The Holocene
494        The Hospital
496      The Laboratory
497            The Lamp
498         The Library
499          The Mother
500        The Nautilus
501          The Office
502   The Old Northwest
503           The Organ
504          The Priest
505           The Probe
506        The Sciences
507            The Star
508            Theology
509             Theoria
510              Thorax
511             Thought
512          Thrombosis
513                 Tic
514              Tikkun
515                Time
516               Times
517          Toxicology
518              Toxins
519            Traditio
520         Transfusion
522      Transportation
523              Trials
524           Triangulo
525              Ulcers
526         Ultrasonics
527         Universitas
528                Urbi
529             Vaccine
530              Vacuum
531                Veja
532              Viator
533             Vibrant
534           Vibration
535               Vibro
536           Virulence
537               Virus
538         Vital Signs
539               Vogue
540               Water
541                 Way
542           Worldview
543                Worm
544               Xaloc
545                Xeno
546                 Yod
547                Zion
548                 ZWR
549               Zygon

The post title comes from “Under The Same Name” a track from Whirr’s “Feels Like You” album

4 thoughts on “Under The Same Name: Journal titles and band names

  1. Informative code and fun.
    I was able to add a few more by obtaining the list of journal titles from JSTOR.
    Required a bit more data cleaning.

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