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DOI import issue

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2008-12-04
2013-05-28
  • Hi,

    I started using the DOI import feature of refbase. It usually works fine but in some cases, it fails.

    For example you can try to import the following doi into http://demo.refbase.net:
      10.1109/CVPR.2008.4587687
    You'll see it go to a blank page. Any clue?

    Regards,
    Tom

     
    • Hi Tom,

      I can replicate your issue. AFAIK, the CrossRef XML format has not been documented publicly. This means, we can only guess about the format by checking out real-world entries. In case of your DOI, the XML data returned by CrossRef have different base tags, and other XML tags differ as well.

      Compare the CrossRef XML data for these two DOIs (10.1109/CVPR.2008.4587687 and 10.1515/BOT.2001.002):

      http://www.crossref.org/openurl/?noredirect=true&format=unixref&id=doi%3A10%2E1109%2FCVPR%2E2008%2E4587687

      http://www.crossref.org/openurl/?noredirect=true&format=unixref&id=doi%3A10%2E1515%2FBOT%2E2001%2E002

      The latter format is supported by refbase, but the former is currently not supported (since I didn't know it existed).

      Thanks for the report, I'll put this on my TODO list. And if you run into more issues with the DOI importer, please let us know. Without a formal format specification, we need real-world examples to further improve the DOI importer.

      Matthias

       
      • --Peter
        --Peter
        2009-06-04

        hi Matthias,

        I also have the blank page issue (from import_modify.php, vesion 0.95) with most DOI links I use:

        10.1213/01.ane.0000282823.76059.ca
        10.1056/NEJMoa042580
        10.1111/j.1399-6576.2006.01188.x

        from 3 different journals

        thanks for addressing this issue, best regards,
        -- Peter

         
        • When I first tried one of those, CrossRef's resolver was down.  I tried again shortly later & it worked.  Did you complete your CrossRef user/pass & verify that they work by going to the URL manually?  If so, you may try again now (in case you also tried when CrossRef was down.

          --Rick