Journal Abbreviation Translator
Journal titles in the reference sections of papers are frequently presented in an abbreviated format (e.g. J Am Coll Surg for Journal of the American College of Surgeons (New York NY). Often it is necessary to ascertain the full title of a journal before, for example searching for holdings on a library catalogue which do not generally include title abbreviations. This App will allow users to quickly and simply look up titles for given abbreviations, or vice versa within the SciVerse platform.
Value for Users
Titles for journal abbreviations can be hard to find if the abbreviation is not an obvious one, an abbreviation for a foreign language journal, if the journal is out of print or not available electronically. To find full titles, users must often access a separate service such as Index Medicus (for life sciences titles), consult paper-based lists or ask subject librarians. This can slow users down. Having title abbreviation translations immediately and obviously available would be very helpful.
This application would be useful to any user who wished to cross reference the local availability of a journal title with a library catalogue, a very common need. For this purpose they generally require full journal titles and not abbreviations as these are not generally indexed in catalogues. The App would be especially useful for undergraduate students and new researchers who might be unfamiliar with many common journal title abbreviations.