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 (***,****)
  6. constructed OpenURL

(*) I doubt that there are articles with both a DOI *and* a handle, but if you encounter one, use the DOI. There is a text query interface to look up DOI at CrossRef:

For most articles earlier than 1997 there almost certainly won't be a DOI. Try JSTOR and use their SICI-based link but the best way for those that can't be readily assigned an identifier is to enter the complete citation.

(**) 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

(****) Requires ISSN for construction, won't work for book sections