Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)
About DOIs |
Converting Citations to DOIs / DOIs to Citations |
Using DOIs in a Web Browser or in Literature References |
“The DOI System is for identifying content objects in the digital environment.
DOI® names are assigned to any entity for use on digital networks. They are used to
provide current information, including where they (or information about them) can be
found on the Internet. Information about a digital object may change over time, including
where to find it, but its DOI name will not change.”
Converting Citations to DOIs / DOIs to Citations
Using DOIs in a Web Browser or in Literature References
If you encounter a DOI name in text or header information, you can resolve
it by embedding it in an HTTP hyperlink to the
which redirects the DOI name to the currently registered location for this content item.
For example, doi:10.1006/jmbi.1998.2354 can be resolved as
If you click on this link, you will arrive at the appropriate response page for this
article at the Journal of Molecular Biology web site.
There you will see that the DOI name is included in article header information
or on the title page. To include the DOI name in a citation to this article, you
simply append it at the end, prefaced by “doi:” as follows:
Brian G. Turner, Michael F. Summers. “Structural Biology of HIV.”
Journal of Molecular Biology, 285(1), pp. 1–32. doi:10.1006/jmbi.1998.2354.
CrossRef: DOI Name Information and Guidelines (pdf),
June 11, 2007. Section 9: Information for the End-User, page 11.
Connotea, a free online reference management and social bookmarking service
(see article at
recognises and stores DOI names, enabling bookmarking a DOI name directly.
Connotea will convert the DOI name to a web link and retrieve the citation
information for that DOI name from CrossRef. The Connotea bookmarklet also
allows users to highlight and bookmark a DOI name from within an article web
For more DOI tools, please see
DOI System Tools