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2009 MAY–JUNE No. 368
June 09, 2009 [posted]

Journal Title Abbreviation Maintenance

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The National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) is in the process of removing square brackets from MEDLINE® journal title abbreviations (TA). These square brackets usually enclose a part designation, e.g.: J Antibiot [B]. Removing the square brackets will simplify searching for these journals by TA in PubMed® where the square brackets are used for search tags.

This maintenance affects about 100 journals, of which only six are currently indexed for MEDLINE. These six are:

Current Title Abbreviation Title Abbreviation After the Maintenance
Ann Univ Mariae Curie Sklodowska [Med] Ann Univ Mariae Curie Sklodowska Med
Glas Srp Akad Nauka [Med] Glas Srp Akad Nauka Med
J Comp Physiol [B] J Comp Physiol B
J Hand Surg [Am] J Hand Surg Am
Proc Inst Mech Eng [H] Proc Inst Mech Eng H
Z Naturforsch [C] Z Naturforsch C

As the journal title abbreviations are edited in LocatorPlus® and then in the Journals database, the citations in MEDLINE/PubMed will be automatically corrected.

NLM expects to complete the edits to the affected records and citations by the end of June 2009.

By Lou Wave S. Knecht
Bibliographic Services Division

Knecht LS. Journal Title Abbreviation Maintenance. NLM Tech Bull. 2009 May-Jun;(368):e17.