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Re: Looking for Journal Abbreviations

This site at CalTech has a listing of most International Journal


THANK you!  Very helpful indeed -- this site should be more widely
known.  Maybe Jerry could link to it to his Journal Links page?  (Are
you out there, Jerry?)

I'm here, though I only read the archives, so I don't get messages 'til the following day. Anyway, as for the journal abbreviations thing, there are, believe it or not, _two_ sets of journal abbreviations out there. I don't actually know who set each one up; I tend to call them "the short ones" and "the long ones." The latter seem to be more commonly called for, although they're pretty pointless inasmuch as most of the abbreviations lose, at most, 3-4 letters from each long word in a title (e.g., "Palaeontology" becomes "Palaeontol." The "short ones" would abbreviate this, more sensibly, as "Pal." Note that some of the abbreviations on the web site Emma provided are not correct, e.g., "Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology" is given as "Palaeogeogr Palaeocl" [note misspelling!!!], but it should be " Palaeogeogr Palaeoclimatol Palaeoecol." Also, it says "Palaeontology" is spelled out in its entirety, but it's not -- it's abbreviated as "the long one" above). Although it's sadly out of date, the best source for these abbreviations is:

BioSciences Information Service of Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Service, and Engineering Index, Inc. 1974. Bibliographic Guide for Editors and Authors. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C. 362 pp. ISBN: 8412-0203-6

A few copies are available via AddAll for $35-$45. Anyway, it's out of date inasmuch as many journals have started since 1974, but most title words also appear in other, older journal titles, so the appropriate abbreviations can be ferreted out with a bit of work.

As for the other abbreviations you wanted, David was correct in that the shorter, one-word names tend to not be abbreviated, especially when they're uncommon words (like "Oryctos").

Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology Monograph Series I

....would almost certainly become "Inst Vertebr Paleontol Paleoanthropol Monogr Ser I"

Journal of Systematic Palaentology

...would become "J Syst Palaeontol"

Mesozoic Meanderings

...would probably not be abbreviated

Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin

...would become "Mus N Ariz Bull," or, more correctly, "Bull Mus N Ariz"

Natura Nascosta

...not sure about this one, but I'd guess "Nat Nasc"

Occasional Papers of the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Fourth Symposium on
Mezozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems)

This one would not be abbreviated because it's better off cited as a book, as in:

Fiorillo, A. R. 1987. Significance of juvenile dinosaurs from Careless Creek Quarry (Judith River Formation), Wheatland County, Montana; pp. 88-95 in P. J. Currie and E. H. Koster (eds.), Fourth Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems, Short Papers. Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller.

Palaeontographica (Suppl. 7)

"Palaeontolographica" is abbreviated as "Palaeontogr."

I've been meaning to overhaul my journal links site and put it into a frames format, with each letter of the alphabet coming up in its own frame (thus reducing loading time for all the thumbnails!), but I simply won't have that kind of time for the foreseeable future, but if/when I do ever get 'round to it, perhaps I could insert a column for journal abbreviations. Interesting thought...

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