Box 71Journal titles not in English

  • For non-English journal titles in the roman alphabet (French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc.), provide the name in the original language
    • Sante Mentale au Quebec. Montreal (QC): Communaute et Sante Mentale. Vol. 1, 1976 -   . French.
  • For a journal title in a non-roman alphabet:
    • Romanize (write in the roman alphabet) titles in Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, or Korean or in a character-based language (Chinese, Japanese). A good authority for romanization is the ALA-LC Romanization Tables.
      • Problemy Tuberkuleza i Boleznei Legkikh. Moscow: Meditsina. No. 1, 2003 -   . Russian.
      • Refu'at ha-Peh veha-Shinayim: it'on ha-Histadrut li-Refu'at Shinayim be-Yi′sra'el. Jerusalem: ha-Histadrut. Vol. 13, 1996 -   . Hebrew.
      • Taehan Kan Hakhoe Chi. Seoul (Korea): Taehan Kan Hakhoe. Vol. 1, 1995 - Vol. 9, No. 4, Dec 2003. Korean.
    • It is not NLM practice, but you may translate journal titles in character-based languages
      • Korean Journal of Hepatology. Seoul (Korea): Taehan Kan Hakhoe. Vol. 1, 1995 - Vol. 9, No. 4, Dec 2003. Korean.
  • Ignore diacritics, accents, and special characters in titles. This rule ignores some conventions used in non-English languages to simplify rules for English-language publications.
    • Treat letters marked with diacritics or accents as if they are not marked
      • Å   treated as   A
      • Ø   treated as   O
      • Ç   treated as   C
      • Ł   treated as   L
      • à   treated as   a
      • ĝ   treated as   g
      • ñ   treated as   n
      • ü   treated as   u
    • Treat two or more letters printed as a unit (ligated letters) as if they are two letters
      • æ   treated as   ae
      • œ   treated as   oe
  • Provide an English translation after the original language or romanized title when possible; place translations in square brackets
    • Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux [Archives of Diseases of the Heart and Vessels]. Paris: Bailliere. Vol. 30, No. 4, Apr 1937 -   . French.

From: Chapter 1, Journals

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Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet]. 2nd edition.
Patrias K, author; Wendling D, editor.
Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007-.

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