Having a BibTeT file with full journal titles in it, I'm looking for a tool to construct a list of abbreviations following ISSN standard (it specifies how to abbreviate individual words, which should make it straightforward to generate abbreviations for any title). I'm ware of JabRef, but it requires a list of title-abbreviation pairs and I don't want to do one by hand if I don't have to. (I should add that the lists available from JabRef website do not cover the titles I have).

  • There are various lists for many major journal families online. I've found this for IEEE for example. You can copy to a spreadsheet and import it later to JabRef. – percusse Mar 21 '12 at 10:16
  • @percusse: yes, there are various lists, but a general tool would save me time looking them up and possibly processing them further. – Tomek Mar 21 '12 at 11:02
  • related question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/33441/… – matth Mar 21 '12 at 14:36
  • The question linked in the comment above, even though is a little bit younger than this one, has attracted more and better answers. Regarding the specific question of "a tool", an answer is offered there: Mendeley. – iled Jan 11 '19 at 21:26
  • Another tool is provided in this answer: betterbib, a Python command line tool to improve bib files. – iled Jan 11 '19 at 21:35

For jabref there is already a pretty extensive list with 1740 entries and for the sciences with 9700 entries.

  • I use this list already, but it only partially covers the titles I have. – Tomek Mar 21 '12 at 10:59
  • I can not use this txt file. I downloaded it by jabref, but how to use it? – Sigur Jul 27 '12 at 18:40
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    I have made a little Python script that processes a bibtex database, searching for the journal names and replacing them with their official abbreviation (taken from the Jabref database): gist.github.com/FilipDominec/9ff081952dbc4aae1df657a56c3db4ea – dominecf Apr 7 '16 at 19:53

math reviews/mathscinet has a list, abbreviation of names of serials, in the form of a pdf file. there's also a corresponding csv file suitable for use with excel. not precisely what is requested, but perhaps useful nonetheless. i don't know whether is follows the issn standard to the letter; mr established many of its abbreviation principles before issn existed.

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