One problem with my cunning plan to use Mediawiki REDIRECTs to handle DOIs is that some DOIs, such as those that BioOne serves based on SICIs contain square brackets, [ ], which conflicts with wiki syntax. For example, doi:10.1206/0003-0090(2006)297[0001:TATOL]2.0.CO;2 I want to enable users to enter a raw DOI, so I've been playing with a simple URL rewrite in Appache httd.conf, namely:
RewriteRule ^/wiki/doi:(.*)\[(.*)\](.*)$ /w/index.php?title=Doi:$1-$2-$3 [NC,R]
This rewrites the [ and ] in the original DOI, then forces a new HTTP request (hence the [NC,R] at the end of the line). This keeps Mediawiki happy, at the cost of the REDIRECT page having a DOI that looks a slightly different from the original. However, it means the user can enter the original DOI in the URL, and not have to manually edit it.