Storing publication reference information

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It would be simplest to store references to articles as an ID number which can be looked up elsewhere. Here are some possibilities in order of preference:

  1. DOI or Handle (*)
  2. Pubmed ID (**)
  3. SICI numbers, if the publisher uses it for a stable URL
  4. Biodiversity Heritage Library URL of the article
  5. constructed SICI ID (***)

(*) I doubt that there are articles with both a DOI *and* a handle, but if you encounter one, use the DOI. (**) There aren't many articles with Pubmed ID that lack a DOI, but it's possible for pre-1998 pubs. (***) Jim & Hilmar looking into interface to help do this