# [OS X TeX] [OT] Journal abbreviations in bibtex

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Wed May 24 16:41:15 EDT 2006

Le 24 mai 06 à 22:19, Charilaos Skiadas a écrit :

> I would guess there are different ones for each discipline. I must
> admit I could not find any such files by a quick google search.

Not speaking about LaTeX/BibTeX abbreviations, but how scientific
periodical titles are abbreviated: there does not seem to be any
database containing the most common abbreviations for each journal in
a given scientific field. Instead, each publisher, country or field
seems to have its own standard.

For example, the dominant periodical in my field, the Journal of
Fluid Mechanics, published in Cambridge UK by the Cambridge
University Press, says at <http://jfm-www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/
style_summary.html> and <ftp://ftp.cup.cam.ac.uk/pub/texarchive/
journals/latex/jfm-sty/jfmnot.tex>:

"Short titles of Journals are based in general on the style of the
{\it World List of Scientific Periodicals}."

I spent one afternoon last month, on the web then at the local
University Library, trying to find out what this "World List of
Scientific Periodicals" is. It seems to be a series of three huge
volumes dating back to the 1960s, listing all periodicals together
with their abbreviated title(s), only available in paper form and not
updated since; meaning that most recent titles won't be found there.
And it's very hard to try and find any logical pattern in the
existing abbreviations, that could be extrapolated to more recent
publications. However, it seems this List has been compiled by people
from the British Library and has remained a favourite since in
British countries (or is this just with CUP?). So much for the
digital age!

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