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This algorithm makes a best-effort attempt to merge (that is, identify) journal entities.

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Outputs

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  • A database where the identified identical journals have been merged.
  • The merging table used to merge the identical journals . This can be used to rerun the merge manually, likely to correct for errors, with Merge Entities.
  • A Merge Report as a text file. It will give a simple description all the journals who were merged, identified by their value for the TWENTY_NINE_CHARACTER_SOURCE_TITLE_ABBREVIATION and FULL_TITLE columns.

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The Basic Problem

A paper from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America might indicate that it is from PROC NAT ACAD SCI USA, but a reference to that journal might identify it by P NATL ACAD SCI USA. On the other hand, did you know that MOL CELL and MOL CELLS are different journals (Molecular Cell and Molecules and Cells, respectively)? Linking up journals is a subtle problem.

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