A while back, Kevin asked me to share a few tricks I've found useful for working with DOIs and references. Here's the list:Finding the Journal Article from a DOI
Given a DOI, usually in the form of doi:DOI, anyone can obtain an HTTP-redirect to the current online location of the corresponding journal article by visiting http://dx.doi.org/DOI
. For example, a paper with a DOI of doi:10.1093/nar/gkg571 can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkg571
.Finding the DOI Given a Citation
DOIs are typically found on the journal's web page, which is often a nuisance to find without the DOI--especially since DOIs are often missing from PubMed entries and occasionally not even present on a journal's website! A wonderful resource for converting a citation to the corresponding DOI ishttp://www.crossref.org/guestquery/
Personally, I find this site the simplest way to find an article given the reference.Firefox Tricks
For Firefox users, the CNRI Handle Extension allows one to use traditional DOI strings directly in the location bar (e.g., doi:DOI).https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cnri-handle-extension-for-fire/
Also under Firefox, I find myself frequently wanting to paste DOIs and internet addresses into an already full location bar. But under X-Windows, selecting the existing contents for deletion overwrites the clipboard! One workaround is to use the F6 keyboard shortcut to select the contents of the location bar without overwriting the clipboard.
If you're accessing DOIs from off-campus, you may find yourself unable to download articles when not going through the library proxy server. Here's a workaround:
(2) You'll need to be authenticated for the next step to work, so if you haven't logged into the library proxy recently, your authentication cookie has likely expired. Refresh it by
(a) opening a new browser window,
(b) visiting the "Library Proxy" Bookmark,
(c) entering your library barcode,
(d) clicking "Login," and
(e) closing the new window.
(3) Next time you've stumbled onto a publisher's site and need to download an article from off-campus, just visit the "Library Proxy" bookmark and voila! You're now accessing the same page through the library and can download the article if UCSC has a subscription.