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Understanding journal abbreviations

When you refer to a reading list or a series of references, you might notice that journal titles are sometimes abbreviated. For example, the journal title, Advances in Physics might be abbreviated as Adv Phys.

There are websites that can help you find out what the abbreviations stand for. Some sites provide an A-Z lists of titles and journal abbreviations. Others allow you to search for the full title by typing the abbreviation (sometimes the ability to search by abbreviation is not specified). If you are submitting your work to a publisher, it is advisable to contact the publisher to find out which format they require you to use when citing journals. 

To find a useful website, click on the relevant Subject category below. For further assistance: please contact a Subject Librarian or refer to the library's Reference books about journal abbreviations.

Try entering a journal title abbreviation here

Subject categories

Biology & Biochemistry

Biological journals & abbreviations
CASSI: CAS Source Index search tool
Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information  
Frontiers in Bioscience: can search, either by A-Z, or by abbreviation
Genamics  
Pubmed Journals Database Page 
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.
UBC Titles & Abbreviations

Chemical Engineering

CASSI: CAS Source Index search tool
Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information  
Combined Chemical Dictionary & Merck Index
Genamics
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies 

Chemistry

CASSI: CAS Source Index search tool
Common Journal Abbreviations: as provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.

The above resources give limited lists of abbreviations. For a more comprehensive listing, use CASSI: Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (1907-1984) in the Level 4 reference collection at 540(03) CHE.

Economics & International Development

Genamics
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.

Education / Social & Policy Sciences

Genamics
The Philosopher's Index
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.

Engineering

See also list of sites for Chemical Engineering
Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
Genamics: engineering journals
Institut fur Physik
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.
UBC Titles & Abbreviations 

Health, Medicine & Sport

Alcohol Studies
Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
Genamics: medical science journals
Ovid Journals: Allied & Contemporary Medicine
Pubmed Journals Database Page
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.
Web of Science

Management

Genamics
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.
Web of Science

Mathematics

Genamics: mathematics journals
UBC MathSciNet
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

CASSI: CAS Source Index search tool
Pubmed Journals Database Page
Scholarly Societies Project: past and present abbreviations used for the journal titles of scholarly societies.

The above resources give limited lists of abbreviations. For more comprehensive listings, use the following:

CASSI: Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (1907-1984)  - shelved in the Level 4 Reference Collection at 540(03) CHE
EMBASE: list of journals indexed 2001 (610(01) - shelved in Level 4 Reference Collection at 610(01) EMB 

Physics

Genamics: physics journals
Web of Science

Psychology

Web of Science 

Reference books about journal abbreviations

Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index: 1907-1984 cumulative (1985)
Location: Level 4 Reference Section
Shelf mark: 540(03) CHE

Dictionary of abbreviations in medical sciences (by Heister, Rolf, c1989)
Location: Level 4 Reference Section
Shelf mark: 610(03) HEI