Need help with a journal title abbreviation?

Although journal title abbreviations sometimes work in the Journals tool or the catalog, they are less reliable than searching by the full journal title.

  • Some abbreviations work because they are in the data we have about a journal title. For example, searching for JACS in either tool finds the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
  • Others work because of the way the Journals tool search algorithm applies stemming. For example the Journals tool can resolve j vet med educ into the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

One of the reasons that it's difficult to incorporate reliable abbreviation searching into these search tools is that there are so many different systems for abbreviating the same journal title. Online abbreviation lists typically only focus on one type of abbreviations, for example, chemistry journal abbreviations.

The most useful tool for decoding journal title abbreviations is the book Periodical Title Abbreviations, which unfortunately has no online version (locations and call number of books).

When in doubt Ask Us. Library staff can look the abbreviation up for you.