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Looking for Journal Abbreviations
I have a problem of such grotesque stupidity that I can hardly bear
even to think about it.
I need to submit a manuscript with abbreviated journal names in its
references -- that is, instead of saying "Annual Review of Ecology and
Systematics", I have to say "Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst." Specifically, I
have to use "abbreviations for serial names following the American
National Standard." Does anyone know what this is, or, better still,
have a link to it? I wasn't able to find anything on the ANSI
Apparently, "Serial Sources for the BIOSIS Database, which is provided
with Biological Abstracts, lists abbreviations for most serials."
However, when I looked at the FAQ for that site, at
I found -- astonishingly --
Q. Where can I get a list of BIOSIS journal abbreviations?
A. The BIOSIS Serial Sources is an alphabetical listing by
serial title of the 5,200 current life science titles
indexed, as well as 12,000 archival titles reviewed by
BIOSIS. In addition to this, history notes, ISSNs, CODENs
(journal abbreviations), the frequencies, and the publisher
addresses are also provided. Published at the end of the
year, BIOSIS Serial Sources is an annual print publication
which can be purchased by contacting the BIOSIS Help Desk.
So it seems that the standard abbreviations for journal names are not
only a CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET, but one that you can only be inducted
into buy buying a PRINTED LIST of 12,000 items ... Oh, excuse me, I
will try not to rant. But, really. I mean, really.
Anyway, I need to gather the standard abbreviations for the following
journals which I cite (along with others whose abbreviations I have
found by grubbing through other people's bibliographies). If anyone
knows these (not just guessing, but _knowing_) please let me know.
I will post the compiled results on a nice, simple, freely-accessible
web page, so that no-one else has to go through this stupid process in
future. (Jerry Harris's superb Journal Links web-page sadly does not
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
American Journal of Science, 3rd series
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology Monograph Series I
Journal of Morphology
Journal of Paleontology
Journal of Systematic Palaentology
Mesozoic Meanderings [or should I treat this as a book?]
Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin
Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaeontologie, Abhandlungen
Occasional Papers of the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Fourth Symposium on
Mezozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems)
Palaeontographica (Suppl. 7)
Philosophy of Science
The Botanical Review
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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