The URL for links to the ADS abstracts has the following form:
where bibcode is the bibliographic code for the desired article. The bibliographic codes are generated from the journal, volume and page information for each publication. The form of the bibliographic code is:
|yyyy:||Year of publication|
|jjjjj:||A standard abbreviation for the journal (left justified). A list of journal abbreviations is available.|
|vvvv:||The volume number (for a journal) or an abbreviation that specifies what type of publication it is (e.g. conf for conference proceedings, meet for Meeting proceedings, book for a book, cong for congress proceedings). This field is right justified.|
|m:|| Qualifier for publication:|
.: For normal references
P: Pink page
Q-Z: Unduplicating character for identical codes
1-9: For page numbers larger than 9999
|pppp:||Page number (right justified).|
|a:||The first letter of the last name of the first author.|
All fields are padded with '.' (right or left depening on how the field is justified).
Here are some abbreviations for the most popular Journals:
ApJ: Astrophysical Journal
ApJS: Astrophysical Journal Supplements
ApJ: Astrophysical Journal Letters (with an 'L' in the Qualifier position).
AJ: Astronomical Journal
A&A: Astronomy & Astrophysics
A&AS: Astronomy & Astrophysics Supplements
MNRAS: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
PASP: Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
PASA: Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
PASAu: Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia
PASJ: Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Once a bibcode has been built, there is a verification utility available that allows the user to determine whether a given bibcode exists in the ADS.
Arnaboldi, M., & Galletta, G. 1993, A&A, 268, 411
The bibliographic code for this reference is: 1993A&A...268..411A
Checking this bibcode with the verification utility results in:
ADS Astronomy Database Bibcode Verification YES, 1993A&A...268..411A is a valid bibcode, accno is A94-11768 NASA/STI Abstract available Full article available SIMBAD Objects available NED Objects available References available Citations availableThis indicates that the abstract is available through the ADS, together with other links.
A complete reference with link would then look something like:
Arnaboldi, M., & Galletta, G. 1993, A&A, 268, 411 [ADS Abstract]