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Thinking about reference linking

by J E Grogg
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  • ISSN: 1070-4795, 1070-4795


The seamless linking of abstracted and indexed bibliographic information or article reference lists to the full text of the articles is a dream that has eluded the information industry for a long time. It is argued that the standard approach to the problem, which has tended to limit linking to single, separate collections from specific publishers, is too limited as articles published in one publisher's periodicals are likely to cite articles published by other publishers' periodicals. Offers hope of a solution in the form of hybrid linking systems and use of facilities such as the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Lists some of the current initiatives and technologies aimed at finding solutions to the problems and the likely future role of OpenURL. (For full text of this article see [URL: /grogg.htm]).

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