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Automatic DOI linking, similar to PMID, RFC, and ISBN
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Please add automatic DOI linking to the MediaWiki software, similar to the already implemented "magic words" PMID (PubMed ID), RFC (IETF Request for Comments), and ISBN.

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI; has become the major identifier for (scientific) publications. It is more widespread and universal than the PubMed identifier (PMID) that covers mainly the biomedical field. The official DOI resolving service under leads directly to the linked article through browser redirects in a single step. This is a major advantage and time saver over the PMID abstract linking.

The software should link the official DOI format "doi:10.1111/j.1526-4610.2007.00665.x" to (the DOI string after "doi:" is compatible with the URI scheme and can be added without alterations to the resolver's host name).

(A similar request has been made several years ago without any results, see bug 1378)

Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement



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Cacycle created this task.Sep 27 2009, 2:24 AM
demon added a comment.Sep 30 2009, 1:18 PM

It's already very easy to add DOI links to your wiki. Either by tweaking $wgUrlProtocols or by adding it as an interwiki link. Both of these are possible on your own install. Bug 1378 is about getting it on WMF sites.

It's been stated numerous places before that we don't want to add more magic links like RFC, PMID, etc. They're only kept for backward compatibility at this point.

So linking to DOI sites is a WORKSFORME, but making them magic links like RFC is a WONTFIX. Marking this as the latter to make it very clear about these kind of magic links.

brion added a comment.Jun 2 2012, 11:13 AM
  • Bug 37296 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

I think we should close this task.