Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Top tip for finding the full name of a journal abbreviation

Have you ever come across a fantastic quote from a journal article only to discover that the reference looks like this:

Sullivan, R. W. 1985. Correction of the hypermobile flatfoot by the subtalar arthroeresis procedure. Mil Med 150 (10), pp.546-8.

Sometimes the abbreviation of a journal title is easy to work out, the rest of the time it can be like doing The Times crossword without the clues! For those times when the abbreviation is not obvious, try using the Journals Database from PubMed. Enter the abbreviation and click go. Using the example above, we can see that Mil Med is short for Military Medicine.

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