Tuesday, May 09, 2006

CrossRef's OpenURL resolver

CrossRef's OpenURL resolver can be used to find DOIs for papers, or give a DOI it can extract metadata. For example, consider Brian Fisher's article on silk production in Melissotarsus emeryi. This is in FORMIS, and the record is displayed here in RIS format:

AU - Fisher, B.L/
AU - Robertson, H.G.
PY - 1999
TI - Silk production by adult workers of the ant Melissotarsus emeryi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in South African fynbos
SP - 78-83
JF - Insect. Soc.
JO - Insectes Sociaux
VL - 46
N1 - Part of FORMIS 00; from PSW,
KW - ant; Formicidae; Melissotarsus emeryi; Africa; South Africa; scientific; nest; tending Homoptera; silk; production; adult; worker; gland; cuticular depressions; hypostoma; silk brushes; nest construction; defense; diaspidid symbiont;
ID - 6573
ER -

We can find the DOI for this article using the following query:

http://www.crossref.org/openurl?&noredirect=true&aulast=Fisher%20LRM&title=Insectes%20Sociaux&volume=46&spage=78&date=1999, which yields the following XML:

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
<crossref_result version="2.0" xmlns="http://www.crossref.org/qrschema/2.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.crossref.org/qrschema/2.0 http://www.crossref.org/qrschema/crossref_query_output2.0.xsd">
<query key="555-555" status="resolved">
<doi type="journal_article">10.1007/s000400050116</doi>
<issn type="print">00201812</issn>
<issn type="electronic">14209098</issn>
<journal_title match="exact">Insectes Sociaux</journal_title>
<author match="fuzzy">Fisher</author>
<volume match="exact">46</volume>
<first_page match="exact">78</first_page>
<year match="exact">1999</year>
<article_title>Silk production by adult workers of the ant Melissotarsus emeryi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in South African fynbos</article_title>

The DOI for this article is 10.1007/s000400050116. This service could be a simple way to get DOIs for recent papers in FORMIS, enabling us to get GUIDs for the articles, as well as providing a link to the article itself.

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