In order for Annals of Improbable Research to be the successor to the Journal of Irreproducible Results, it would be necessary for the JIR to no longer be published; otherwise, I fail to see how it can be a successor to it. JIR has been published for approximately 40 years on a continuous basis during the entire period of which, except for a short stint when it was published by Blackwell Scientific Publications, I have been the editor and publisher. The institution of the Ig Nobel prize and the awards made for such Ig Nobel research efforts was instituted by the JIR in the early 1970s and has continued under the aegis of JIR to this day. Neither Abrahams nor the AIR were ever associated with the Ig Nobel prize, nor was AIR even published until a few years ago.
Alex Kohn was the coeditor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results during its entire tenure of over 40 years, and was an Israeli virologist and not a cardiologist as your article sets forth.
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