[texhax] abbreviating journal (etc.) names w/ strings

philipratcliffe at tiscali.it philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Mon Mar 27 10:01:40 CEST 2006

> do i have this right, that i have
> @string{abb = "Archives of Biophysics and Biochemistry"}
> but even though i have
> jabr,
> in my .dbj file, the corresponding .bst will not abbreviate the 
> (any old way)?
> so i guess i have to put :
> @string{abb = "Arch. of Biophys. and Biochem."}
> right?

BibTeX does not know how to abbreviate given strings (how could it?). 
So, you could have a, say, abbrstr.bib containing lines like
@string{abb = "Arch. of Biophys. and Biochem."}
and a fullrstr.bib with the full versions
@string{abb = "Archives of Biophysics and Biochemistry"}
then in your main bib file you should use, e.g.
  journal = abb,
At this point all you need to do is choos which "string".bib to load 
along with your "main".bib ... the same can, of course, be done for 
months, conference titles etc.

Cheers,  Phil

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