Help needed: Journal abbreviation problem

Dear user:

I am facing a peculiar problem from last few weeks. Now-a-days I am using Scopus to download references in my EndNote file. During exporting the citations into EndNote compatible file, I am selecting the option complete citation and exporting everything related to that citation. I am using “RefMan RIS” filter for importing the saved file from Scopus to EndNote. Everything is fine with the exported citations but for few articles (not all) the abbreviation is coming without “dot”. For example, “Applied Catalysis” is coming as “Appl Catal”, “Journal of Molecular Catalysis” is coming as “J Mol Catal” etc. As I have already mentioned this is the case with few journals not for all. I am not getting such type of problem when I am exporting the citations to EndNote library from ISI web.

Will anyone help me to sort out this problem? It is very annoying to edit all the time each reference by putting “dot” into the abbreviated name.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Best regards,


I suspect it is the database entry and not endnote that is loosing the periods, but it shouldn’t matter if you are using the Journal terms list and output style selection of the appropriate full or abbreviated form of the journal.  Have you looked into that?

I looked into Journal Term List and the abbreviation there into. They are perfect for those journals in which the abbreviation is coming without a dot. The Journal Term List is ok with my EndNote no problem. In output style as well I have chosen the correct abbreviation form. So what else now? Some mysterious reason. The same reference when I am taking from ISI web of science is perfect with the same settings and same output style. Infact for the other journals it is ok with EndNote but only few journals are giving this problem.

Please suggest. 

I have tried importing a random selection of references from scopus in X3.  It seemed to work for me. Can you give a specific reference from those journals that doesn’t work?  I used the attached import style, and did it by “open” and by saving and importing manually using this specific style.  I could find no scopus records that matched if I just searched for the abbreviations you provided. 

You could also edit your journals terms list to include the wrong abbreviation in the next empty column, and that should also fix the problem for the specific journals.  . 

Below are some references I downloaded, and then "ctrlK, ctrlP with a Author/Data format


Bineesh, K.V., Kim, S.Y., Jermy, B.R., and Park, D.W. (2009). Synthesis, characterization and catalytic performance of vanadia-doped delaminated zirconia-pillared montmorillonite clay for the selective catalytic oxidation of hydrogen sulfide. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 308, 150-158.

Constantinou, D.A., Fierro, J.L.G., and Efstathiou, A.M. (2009). The phenol steam reforming reaction towards H2 production on natural calcite. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 90, 347-359.

Ding, H., Wang, G., Yang, M., Luan, Y., Wang, Y., and Yao, X. (2009). Novel sea urchin-like polyaniline microspheres-supported molybdenum catalyst: Preparation, characteristic and functionality. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 308, 25-31.

Kalluri, R.R., Cahela, D.R., and Tatarchuk, B.J. (2009). Comparative heterogeneous contacting efficiency in fixed bed reactors: Opportunities for new microstructured systems. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 90, 507-515.

Kong, W., Dai, W., Li, N., Guan, N., and Xiang, S. (2009). A one-step route to SAPO-46 using H3PO3-containing gel and its application as the catalyst for methanol dehydration. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 308, 127-133.

Moura, F.C.C., and Lago, R.M. (2009). Catalytic growth of carbon nanotubes and nanofibers on vermiculite to produce floatable hydrophobic “nanosponges” for oil spill remediation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 90, 436-440.

Omari-Qadry, K., Hamza, K., Sasson, Y., and Blum, J. (2009). Liquid phase hydrodechlorination of some chlorinated aromatic nitrogen-containing heterocyclics. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 308, 182-185.

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