Journal Abbreviation Resources on the Web

If you know the Full Title, but need to know the "approved" abbreviation for a journal...

Most journals request that you use the "standard abbreviations" as defined in BIOSIS (BIOSIS Serial Sources) or CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index) for the journals cited in your reference list. Both BIOSIS and CASSI use the same guide (ISSN's List of Title Word Abbreviations) to build their abbreviations, though the journals cited by CASSI and BIOSIS differ to some extent.

The CAS Source (CASSI) Source Tool has recently become freely available, so start with this.  If CASSI doesn't reference the journal for which you need the abbreviation, search it keyword by keyword, as abbreviations are standardized by keyword.  If CASSI still doesn't have what you need, read on for additional suggestions!

First, a bit about the standard abbreviations...

Most journal abbreviations are based on a word list from the ISSN's " List of Title Word Abbreviations". This includes the journal lists used by BIOSIS, CASSI, PubMed, and CSA. If you can't find the exact journal title in one of the resources listed below, you can "build" your abbreviation word by word using the " List of Title Word Abbreviations" since the abbreviation for any word will be the same regardless of the other words in the title. An exception to this rule is if the journal has only one word; then the title should not be abbreviated (e.g., Nature, Science, Cell, Time, Newsweek).

All of the resources below with the "star icon" star-iconprovide the "standard" (ISO, ISSN, BIOSIS, CASSI) abbreviation for journals:

CAS Source (CASSI) Source Tool star-icon star-icon

From Chemical Abstracts Service, CASSI is the most comprehensive site for finding the authoritative abbreviations for journals in the chemical and biological sciences. This free resource can be used to quickly and easily look up or confirm publication titles and abbreviations, as well as CODEN, ISBN, or ISSN codes. Search by full title, abbreviated title, ISSN, or ISBN.  The CASSI database contains a listing of publications indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) since 1907; Chemical Abstracts is electronically available on campus as SciFinder.

To Use:  Search by full title, abbreviated title, ISSN, or ISBN. There is a limit of 50 results per search, so be as precise in your searching as you can be.

Genamics JournalSeek star-icon

CASSI is great for the sciences, but if you need help outside of the sciences, try Genamics JournalSeek. This database uses the "standard abbreviation", as defined by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI and covers all disciplines. Genamics JournalSeek is the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet, presently [2/2010] containing over 95,415 titles. Journal information includes the description (aims and scope), the official journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN, and (frequently) indicates which databases index the particular journal (e.g., Agricola, CAB Abstracts, Web of Science, etc.).

To Use:  Type in the full title or abbreviation for a journal (or just one word), or the ISSN, and see the full titles that match.

Produced with funding from Openly Informatics.

PubMed's Journal Browser star-icon — Journals indexed in Medline (PubMed)

Enter the journal name, MEDLINE abbreviation, a word from the title, or ISSN. This database uses the "standard abbreviation", as definded by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI. The whole List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus (Pubmed) also available, in PDF format.. 

Serials Source List for Biological Sciences star-icon

From Cambridge Scientific Abstracts / ProQuest, a list of nearly 10,000 journals that are indexed in their database, Biological Sciences.  Alphabetical by title; includes abbreviations. This database uses, for the most part, the "standard abbreviation", as defined by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI.  CSA/ProQuest provide "factsheets", which include lists of the serials indexed, for most of their databases.  So if your field of interest is other than biology, take a look at the ProQuest Databases & Collections site for additional journal lists and abbreviations!

Journals Indexed in AGRICOLA star-icon

This database uses the "standard abbreviation", as defined by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI. [As of 6/2012, this site was down as the National Agriculture Library reviewed and revised the scope of AGRICOLA.]

BIOSIS Serial Sources star-icon

Not available online.

The print version is on the Reference Desk in the Funk Library.  Call or email the Funk Library Reference desk (217-333-2416 / email form) and we'll look a title up for you. Older versions are available for checkout -- Call number, 570.5 BIOA21B (Funk).

Alphabetical listing of serials currently included in BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, and Biological Abstracts/RRM (Reports, Reviews, Meetings).

Includes titles previously included, titles that have undergone title changes, as well as titles currently monitored by these databases. Provides the "official" *abbreviations for the journals, ISSN, publication frequency, publisher name and address etc.

* Official abbreviations are those that are based on the " List of Serial Title Word Abbreviations", published by the ISSN International Centre.

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If you know the abbreviation, but need to know the full title of a journal...

Listed below are resources that will help you decipher the full title of a journal, when you only have the abbreviation for the journal.  Some of them are also useful for going from the full title to the abbreviation for the journal. Those sources that include the "standard abbreviation", as defined by ISSN (and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI and others) are indicated by this icon: star-icon 

CAS Source (CASSI) Source Tool star-icon star-icon

From Chemical Abstracts Service, CASSI is the most comprehensive site for finding the authoritative abbreviations for journals in the chemical and biological sciences. This free resource can be used to quickly and easily look up or confirm publication titles and abbreviations, as well as CODEN, ISBN, or ISSN codes. Search by full title, abbreviated title, ISSN, or ISBN.  The CASSI database contains a listing of publications indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) since 1907; Chemical Abstracts is electronically available on campus as SciFinder.

To Use:  Search by full title, abbreviated title, ISSN, or ISBN. There is a limit of 50 results per search, so be as precise in your searching as you can be.

Genamics JournalSeek star-icon

CASSI is great for the sciences, but if you need help outside of the sciences, try Genamics JournalSeek. This database uses the "standard abbreviation", as defined by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI andcovers all disciplines. Genamics JournalSeek is the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet, presently [2/2010] containing over 95,415 titles. Journal information includes the description (aims and scope), the official journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN, and (frequently) indicates which databases index the particular journal (e.g., Agricola, CAB Abstracts, Web of Science, etc.).

To Use:  Type in the full title or abbreviation for a journal (or just one word), or the ISSN, and see the full titles that match.

Produced with funding from Openly Informatics.

PubMed's Journal Browser — Journals indexed in Medline (PubMed) star-icon

Enter the journal name, MEDLINE abbreviation, a word from the title, or ISSN. This database uses the "standard abbreviation", as definded by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI. The whole List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus (Pubmed) also available, in PDF format. 

Biological Journals and Abbreviations

From the University of South Florida. Focus is on biological and medical journals.

Serials Source List for the Biological Sciences star-icon

From Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, a list of nearly 10,000 journals that are indexed in their database, Biological Sciences.  Alphabetical by title; includes abbreviations. This database for the most part uses the "standard abbreviation", as defined by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI.

JAKE (see Genamics JournalSeek, above) 

 

CAB Abstracts: Serials Cited

An alphabetical listing of the journals reviewed for inclusion in the CAB Abstracts database. A list of nearly 7000 titles, no abbreviations. 

Titles Indexed by ISI (for the databases, Current Contents, Web of Science, and Journal Citation Reports)

You probably do not want to use ISI's abbreviations-- they were established in-house when ISI was concerned with saving computer space and are quite "non-standard".  But if you need a list of the journals indexed by Web of Science or Current Contents, this is a useful resource. Or, you may consult the Thomson Reuter (ISI) Master List of Journals (which does not include abbreviations). Note: the master list is also available from within the databases, Web of Science, or Journal Citation Reports

Serials Scanned for FSTA (Food Science & Technology Abstracts) 

List of journals indexed in the FSTA database -- just the full titles are listed; no abbreviations.

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Still can't find what you need?  Try these... 

All that JAS

A collection of Web-based resources for translating journal titles. Lots of specialized listings, such as a list that has the BIOSIS information for Entomology journals. 

WorldCat

If a journal has ever been cataloged by a library, you'll probably find it here.  WorldCat has the cataloging records for thousands of libraries -- books, journal titles, etc.  WorldCat won't give the abbreviation for the journal, but is useful if you're trying to decipher the full title of a journal.  For instance, if the abbreviation is Senckenb. Lethaea, you could search: Senckenb* Lethaea*, and you'd find the full title is: Senckenbergiana lethaea!  It's important that you guess as much as the word as possible.  For example, don't search for J* Biol* Chem*, when you know that "J" stands for "journal", etc.  A freely available version of WorldCat is available:  http://www.worldcat.org/.

The University of Illinois Online Library Catalog

If you have an abbreviation, and need to know if University of Illinois has the journal, you can use the "Advanced Search" mode to enter parts of the title!  As when searching WorldCat, it's important that you guess as much of the word as possible.  For example, don't search for J? Biol? Chem?, when you know that "J" stands for "journal", etc.

Here's how to find the full title of the title Ann Rev Phytopath:

... Still can't find what you need?!

Call or email the Funk Library Reference desk (217-333-2416 / email form).  We'll be happy to help you!

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