Proposed in Community-Wishlist-Survey-2016. Received 41 support votes, and ranked #32 out of 265 proposals. View full proposal with discussion and votes here.
Literature references have to be formatted manually, even if they are accessible through unique identifiers (e.g. PubMed ID, DOI). This is time-consuming, leads to errors and a diversity of styles that is sometimes not helpful.
Who would benefit
Editors (and readers)
Add support in such a way that the contributor simply has to supply the literature identifier for the article to be cited (e.g. the PubMed ID or DOI) and the software (not only VE but also the source editor) autocompletes and formats properly the literature reference.
Example: typing the PMID number "27765289" should insert a reference like this:
<ref>Masukume G, Kipersztok L, Das D, Shafee TM, Laurent MR, Heilman JM: Medical journals and Wikipedia: a global health matter. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Nov;4(11):e791. DOI:10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30254-6. PMID: 27765289. </ref>
Time, expertise and skills required
- e.g. Hackathon, GSOC, Outreachy, etc.