If you have an abbreviated journal title and need to know the full journal title (or vice versa), try these tools:
There is no single standard list of abbreviations for all published journals. When submitting an article for publication in a journal that uses a referencing style requiring abbreviated journal titles, check the publisher’s “information for authors” to find out more about approved abbreviations.
Web of Science journal abbreviation list – use this to find an abbreviation to use in a Cited Reference Search. These do not necessarily match the abbreviations used by other large databases such as MEDLINE.
• The List of Title Word Abbreviations - title words of serials processed by ISSN network and their abbreviations
• Journal Abbreviation Resources on the Web
• All That JAS
• Appendix A: Abbreviations for Commonly Used English Words in Journal Titles - an NLM guide
For more help with journal title abbreviations, contact your Liaison Librarian.
Journal title abbreviations can pose problems for EndNote users, especially those using medical journals. These problems may seem daunting at first but, with careful preparation and a little extra know-how, things can go smoothly.
Two likely scenarios:
Both of these scenarios can be managed in EndNote by means of the Journals Term List. This allows you to store the full journal titles as well as up to three different abbreviations for each one and provides a means of “translating” between full and abbreviated and vice versa.
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EndNote software includes several subject-based journals term lists that can be imported into an EndNote library. The one needed most often is the medical list which covers journals indexed in MEDLINE. This is supplied with EndNote X6 but must be imported into your EndNote library.
If you have already entered references in your EndNote library before importing the medical journals term list then it is likely that there will already be entries in your EndNote library’s journals term list. It is highly recommended that you delete all these terms before importing the medical list otherwise you may have duplicate entries in your list and EndNote may not be able to select the correct title or abbreviation.
Delete existing terms:
Import the medical journals term list into your EndNote library:
Click OK and click Close on the Term Lists dialog box
Note: this list is stored in your EndNote library, i.e. it will be specific to a particular EndNote library rather than to the program. If you have more than one EndNote library, you need to set up the journals term list for each one.
By default, EndNote automatically updates the journals term list with any new journal titles in references you add to your EndNote library, either manually or exported from databases. This can cause problems if those titles are abbreviated and if EndNote cannot find a match in the term list.
To avoid these problems, you should disable this automatic updating if you regularly export references from PubMed (i.e. with abbreviated journal titles) to your EndNote library:
The Medical Journals Term List contains over 13,000 titles but this is by no means all the medical journals published in the world. Inevitably there will be references in your EndNote library containing journal titles not included in the imported list.
In order to create a reference list that correctly uses the abbreviated or full titles as required by your reference style, you will sometimes need to add extra entries to the journals term list in your EndNote library. Remember to disable automatic updating of the terms list as explained above.
Scenario 1 – APA 6th
If a journal title still appears abbreviated in your reference list this means you have a reference in your EndNote library with an abbreviated journal title which does not match any entries in the journals term list so it cannot be "translated" to a full title. To deal with this:
Scenario 2 – Vancouver (and similar styles using abbreviations)
If a journal title still appears in full in your reference list this means you have a reference to your EndNote library with a full journal title which does not match any entries in the journals term list so it cannot be "translated" to an abbreviated title. To deal with this:
Note: When entering a reference manually in your EndNote library, you should enter the journal title in full even though you know you will be using a style requiring abbreviated titles. It is generally easier to get the full title correct than the abbreviated one at the data entry stage. If it proves necessary, you should then add this journal to the terms list as explained above.
To add a new entry to the journals term list in your EndNote library:
Check the journals term list in your EndNote library:
Tools > Open Term Lists > Journals Term List. Look for the full title of the journal. If it is not there, add an entry
Check the reference in your EndNote library:
You can open your journals term list to see the data by clicking Tools > Open Term Lists > Journals Term List. You can expand the box (by dragging one of the corners diagonally) and enlarge any of the columns (by dragging the arrows in the column header bar) to get a clearer view of the data contained in the journals term list:
The data in the columns is:
If medical journals are not relevant to you, then you may choose to import journals term lists for one or more of the following subjects:
|• Anthropology||• Korean Medical Terms|
|• Astronomy and Astrophysics||• Law|
|• BioScience||• Philosophy|
|• Chemical||• Religion|
|• Economics||• Zoological Records|
To add one of these lists to your EndNote library: