Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jun 07, 2017     Views: 7387

Look for the DOI (digital object identifier) on the PDF of the article or search for it on the CrossRef.org website using the Metadata Search. Be aware that not all articles have a DOI.
 

Here are the two ways you can look for the DOI of an article:

Option 1: Check the article PDF

Locate the PDF of the article. Many publishers include the DOI along with other citation information on the first page of an article. Look in the margins, header, and footer. 

 

Option 2: Check CrossRef.org

CrossRef.org is the organization that facilitates the creation and use of DOIs by publishers and scholars.  Its database contains citation information for all articles that have been assigned DOIs.

1.  Go to the CrossRef.org website.

2.  Click on the tab to Search Metadata.

3.  Copy and paste (or type) the article title into the Search Metadata box, and hit the Enter key or click the Search icon.

 

4.  Locate the result that matches your title. The DOI is listed at the bottom of the result as part of a link. You can disregard the beginning of the link (http://dx.doi.org/...) since this is not part of the DOI. All DOIs start with the number 10.

See a larger image of the search results on the Metadata Search results page.

Tip: If your article does not show up in the result list, you can learn some tips to Find a DOI in our help guide

Note: If CrossRef.org has no DOI listed, you can assume there is none for the article you searched.

 

Video: Crossref DOI Search

Video player image: Link to video Find a DOI with CrossRef

(1 min 54 sec)   Transcript

 


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