How to Decipher Journal Title Abbreviations

  • Indexes and online databases often provide citations that present the journal title in abbreviated form, for example: J. Am. Psychoanal. Assoc.
  • Sometimes it's possible to find the full title of a journal simply by Googling the abbreviated title. For example, if you search for: J. Am. Psychoanal. Assoc. in Google, the first result is a listing for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
  • It's also sometimes possible to find the full title of a journal by searching its abbreviated title directly in the library catalogue using the in Journal Title search option. For example, if you search for: j soc biol struct in Journal Title, you will get our listing for the Journal of Social and Biological Structures. However this will only work sometimes, if the abbreviation is included in the journal description.
  • Below are several guides currently available on the Internet to help convert abbreviations to full text. Click the How To Use link to read step-by-step instructions for each.
  • Once you have figured out what the journal title abbreviation stands for, go to the library catalogue and do a Journal Title search of the full title.

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