Pardon my language, but I now know why some authors limit their citations to a small list of articles rather than doing an extensive lit. rev. This is basically the last thing I have to do before the submitting the paper, and it is way worse than I thought it was going to be.
The society to whom I'm submitting says that journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index. Which is fine, except that I can't get access to it via the web. So I am forced to paw through other papers published in my target journal and see if I can find the words abbreviated there. But that doesn't help with everything. For example, how would you abbreviate Letters? Lett.? How about analytical? or report?