I would like to cite journal articles published by the Royal Society, specifically in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Apparently, sometimes an of London is included in the name, and I have seen the journal’s name abbreviated as both:
Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond.
Philos. Trans. R. Soc.
A prominent example is the Wikipedia page of the journal, citing amongst others:
Maxwell, J. C. (1865). "A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. 155: 459.
Hawking, S. W. (1983). "The Cosmological Constant [and Discussion]". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 310 (1512): 303.
Should I simply remove the of London (resp. the Lond.) whenever I see it in order to be consistent? Or is there any specific reason to include of London in some cases?
Remark on standardized abbreviations
According to Wikipedia, the ISO 4 Abbreviation of the journals in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society series is
Philos. Trans. Royal Soc.
This raises three sub-questions:
- Why do I see Royal abbreviated to R. so often? Is it wrong?
- What is the correct way of including the series names (such as B: Biological Sciences) in the abbreviation?
- Was there another official abbreviation in the past, possibly including Lond.?