I have a bibliography file obeying BibTeX rules, which I know can be compiled always with biblatex. This Question already clarifies how to use biblatex to produce references in IEEE style.

Now the problem is that I want abbreviated journal titles generated with biblatex while the source is a normal .bib file with no abbreviations used in journal field (this field, in fact has two possibilities, see below).

If it were BibTeX, I could have used the usual IEEEabrv.bib that is available from CTAN to decode the abbreviations, for e.g.:

IEEE_J_IT = {IEEE Trans. Inf. Th.}

May I know how to get the same abbreviated journal titles with biblatex??

By the grace of JabRef, I also have the luxury of having two kinds of source .bib files:

  1. A .bib source with journal field carrying short codes such as IEEE_J_IT -or-
  2. A .bib source with journal field carrying full titles mentioned such as IEEE Transactions on Information Theory

All that I need is to generate the output, something like "IEEE Trans. Inf. Th.", using biblatex+biber.

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    Did you try using IEEEabrv.bib? It seems to work for me here with Biber: I can post a short demo if that is helpful.
    – Joseph Wright
    Jun 2, 2015 at 9:09
  • @Joseph Wright Thank you. It would be great if you can provide the demo. Maybe you can post it as an answer! Jun 2, 2015 at 9:39

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The Biber/biblatex combination should still be able to load the 'abbreviations' database:

% Provide some test content
  author  = {Bao, Z. and Pan, G. and Zhou, W.},
  doi     = {10.1109/TIT.2015.2421894},
  issue   = {6},
  journal = IEEE_J_IT,
  pages   = {3413-3426},
  title   = {Asymptotic Mutual Information Statistics of
    {MIMO} Channels and {CLT} of Sample Covariance Matrices},
  volume  = {61},
  year    = {2015},
\usepackage[style = ieee]{biblatex}


Compiling with an up-to-date Biber/biblatex, this comes out as expected.

  • Thank you very much! I some how believed that biblatex must have something very different :) Jun 2, 2015 at 12:45

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