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Journal Titles: Abbreviations & Title Changes -- A Few Examples

This month I decided to offer a little commentary on this topic, which has profound implications on the expedient and efficient processing of article requests by ILL staff. A lot of what I discuss is inspired by "real life", so I have drawn from some recently submitted ILL transactions. The article author, article title and pagination in each of these cases is irrelevant, and there is no intention on my part to compromise any of our users' anonymity or confidentiality in the process of this "disquisition".

* Our first example is--

Journal Title: PDA J Pharm Sci Technol
Volume: 39
Issue: 4
Month: July-August
Year: 1985

Since the title as originally cited proves to be a slightly ambiguous abbreviation, an internet search is in order. This now reveals that the citation with its full title is determined to be...

"PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology 39.4 (1985)"

...compliments of Google Scholar (and from the publication's own website, no less). A further search of online bibliographic records for this title yields...

PDA journal of pharmaceutical science and technology
Publ History Vol. 48, no. 4 (July/Aug. 1994)-

Well? Something's not quite right here, so then we further note in this record...

Continues Journal of pharmaceutical science and technology 1076-397X...

Searching this alternate title, we now find...

Journal of pharmaceutical science and technology : the official journal of PDA
Publ History Vol. 48, no. 1 (Jan./Feb. 1994)-v. 48, no. 3 (May/June 1994)

Yet, again? This doesn't exactly fit, either. So next we see...

Continues Journal of parenteral science and technology 0279-7976...

And search...

Journal of parenteral science and technology
Publ History Vol. 35, no. 1 (Jan./Feb. 1981)-v. 47, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 1993)

...which turns out to be the actual journal title at the point of the cited article's publication (volume 39, 1985--at two full degrees of separation from the original journal title as given by the "authoritative" source of the citation). And this is the correct one to which ILL staff need refer when processing the request, in order to determine appropriate supplier libraries for matching available volume holdings.

An interesting note, that this title further...

Continues Journal of the Parenteral Drug Association 0161-1933...

Journal of the Parenteral Drug Association
Publ History Vol. 32, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1978)-
Ceased with: v. 34 in Nov.-Dec. 1980

...which also further...

Continues Bulletin of the Parenteral Drug Association.....

Bulletin of the Parenteral Drug Association
Publ History Began with: Vol. 1, published in 1946; ceased with: v. 3l, published in 1977

...and that, my friend, is "where it all started".

* Briefly, another illustrative example...

Journal Title: Die Neue Literatur
Volume: 17
Year: 1916

Our initial bibliographic search thus results in...

Die Neue Literatur
Pub History [32. Jahrg., Heft 1] (Jan. 1931)-44. Jahrg., Nr. 3 (März 1943)

Not quite right, eh? Well upon further investigation, we therein note this title referenced...

Continues Schöne Literatur...

...and searching it we find...

Die Schöne Literatur
Pub History 3. Jahrg., Nr. 1 (4. Jan. 1902)-31. Jahrg., Heft 12 (Dez. 1930)

...and there you have it (i.e., where v. 17, 1916 falls).

* And finally, yet another instructive specimen...

Journal Title: Journal of Sedimentary Research
Volume: 45
Issue: 3
Year: 1975

Our preliminary search yields...

Title Journal of sedimentary research
Pub History Vol. 66, no. 1 (Jan. 1996)-

Get the idea? Well then, we further discover that this title...

Continues Journal of sedimentary research. Section A, Sedimentary petrology and processes 1073-130X...
...and...
[Continues] Journal of sedimentary research. Section B, Stratigraphy and global studies 1073-1318...

... thus revealing a previous merger of..
.
Journal of sedimentary research. Section A, Sedimentary petrology and processes
Pub History Vol. A64, no. 1 (1 Jan. 1994)-v. A65, no. 4 (2 Oct. 1995)
...and...
Journal of sedimentary research. Section B, Stratigraphy and global studies
Pub History Vol. B64, no. 1 (15 Feb. 1994)-v. B65, no. 4 (15 Nov. 1995)

Then in both of these cases, each title...

Continues Journal of sedimentary petrology 0022-4472...

...the result of a split, and then yielding...

Title Journal of sedimentary petrology
Pub History v. 1-63; Apr. 1931-Nov. 1993

... wherein falls vol. 45, no. 3, 1975... Bingo!

In the interest of avoiding further elucidation (and the continued long-windedness on my part to which you have been heretofore subjected), I offer you to make of this what you will on your own. Suffice it to say that there's a lot to recommend a little more examination of the accuracy and clarity of article citations, before submitting them as ILL requests.

By the way, a related topic was also recently discussed on October 27, 2015.

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