Using DOI Links (citing papers)

Where at all possible, use DOI links when citing published papers.

DOIs – or Digital Object Identifiers – provide a permanent link to resources that ensures your link will remain valid.  This is particularly important for peer review publications, as non-DOI links can and do change – leading to broken links in your piece.

You should always use the DOI link to a paper if it exists!

DOIs usually look something like this: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301419

To link using the DOI, use the URL[DOI]

e.g. for the DOI above you would use

As Displayed

For a copy of the article, visit: The American Journal of Public Health 


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Tip: Always check that your DOI links work before publishing!  Errors creep in easily, and some DOIs do not resolve!