I am using the "authoryear" style in biblatex. In the bibliography, the journal name is abbreviated using dots (e.g. "Am. J. Epidemiol."). Is there a way to get rid of the dots to obtain "Am J Epidemiol"? Thank you!

EDIT: here is a MWE. What I want to get is Am J Epidemiol, without the dots. Thanks.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=authoryear, terseinits=TRUE, isbn=false, url=false, doi=false]{biblatex}

title = {Prediction of Severe, Persistent Activity-of-Daily-Living Disability in Older Adults},
volume = {178},
issn = {0002-9262, 1476-6256},
url = {http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/178/7/1085},
doi = {10.1093/aje/kwt097},
language = {en},
number = {7},
urldate = {2016-01-28},
journal = {Am. J. Epidemiol.},
author = {Kim, Dae Hyun and Newman, Anne B. and Lipsitz, Lewis A.},
month = oct,
year = {2013}

This is just a filler \parencite{kim2013}.
  • A full minimal working example would be most comfortable for users, but you should show at least the bib-entry.
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 4 '16 at 12:04
  • I guess you have too many files to do clear the dots by hand in all journal fields?
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 4 '16 at 12:37
  • My actual bib files contains about 100 citations. If it were a one-time issue I would not bother, but it will replicate everytime I will need to use a bib file generated from a collection in Zotero (a reference management software).
    – Claudio
    Feb 4 '16 at 13:13

biber can be used to on the fly modification of the data in the bibtex entries.

Thus a possible solution is to use a map that uses regular expression to remove ., namely:

           \step[fieldsource=journal, match=\regexp{\.}, replace={ }]

With the provided MWE we obtain:

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  • Nice answer :-)
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 4 '16 at 13:13
  • Thank you! Where should I put the code? In the tex file or will it work also from within the bbx file, so that I don't have to repeat the code in every tex file?
    – Claudio
    Feb 4 '16 at 13:31
  • In every tex file.
    – Guido
    Feb 4 '16 at 13:56

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