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Abbreviate journal titles in BibTex files.

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A python script to abbreviate journal names in a bib file using publicly available journal lists.


pip install bibbreviate

or download the source and

python install


usage: bibbrev [-h] [-o OUTPUT] [-r] [-a ABBREVIATIONS] [-v] target

positional arguments:
target The bib file to abbreviate.

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
The output file name. If missing, output will be sent
to stdout.
-r, --reverse Reverse the process and unabbreviate journal names.
Path to a file of abbreviations in the form (one per
line): Journal of Biological Science = J. Sci. Biol.
-v, --verbose

WARNING: this package is still in beta. I use it on my own bib files, but errors are still more than possible. Be sure to back up your files before using.


The code for this package is hosted on GitHub (, and is licensed under the MIT license. If you have improvements to the package, please submit a pull request and I will be happy to work them in.

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