Ojser wrote:Well, for me the best and simple way ever to identify articles is:
Name, article title, journal name and date ! (the order may be customized or globally standardized), and this will give the best ever identifier for the web!
JasonNugent wrote:The whole premise behind DOI is that you have 'durable' links that do not change.
They are also not unique (there may be more than one John Smith in the world who has written a paper called 'Widgets', for example).
Technically, not even traditional URLs can be used as a long term method to find an article. DOI provides a resolving service, a long term way to find an article, the *same* article, even if it moves or has its metadata changed.
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