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E-Journal Linking: Databases Using DOIs

How to create stable links to online journal articles from a number of library resources.

What is a DOI?

DOI numbers (Digital Object Identifiers) are unique number combinations assigned to an article. With the help of this DOI number the article can always be located.

The numbers consist of:

  • numbers assigned to the publisher (in the example used below these are 10.1016)
  • the journal title (j.fertnstert or the Journal of Fertility and Sterility)
  • some numbers that define the actual article

Steps to create article links for DOIs

Step 1:

  • Identify the DOI for the article you want to link to. You may find this on the browse/search results list, on the bibliographic/abstract page or in the full text article itself (e.g. ScienceDirect)

Step 2:

  • Copy the "doi" link into your target file, .e.g: doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2006.06.014

Step 3:

  • Remove "doi:" from your step 2 doi link. Don't forget to remove the colon and any space between the colon and the string! You should be left with a numerical/letter string, e.g.: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2006.06.014

Step 4:

  • Insert the following script before the string:

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