DOIs and EndNote

February 8, 2009

A Digital Object Identifier (or DOI) is a number that uniquely identifies and locates a particular journal article. This remains the case even if the web address or url for the article changes. For this reason it is used as part of the journal ciation in an increasing number of styles. For Example, a correct APA6th citation for a published e-article (according to the APA 6th manual) is:

Gescher, C., Metfies, K., & Medlin, L. K. (2008). The ALEX CHIP-Development of a DNA chip for identification and monitoring of Alexandrium. Harmful Algae, 7(4), 485-494. doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2007.11.001

EndNote has a DOI field where you can enter the number. For the APA 6th style, a DOI will display if present.

Unfortunately EndNote isn’t smart enough to turn the DOI into a link (yet). So if you want to go to the article – you have to copy the DOI into your browser with in front of the number. (eg: (Note: At the moment the inclusion of the doi: is optional – but will be phased out.)


  • DOIs are required id given.
  • The Electronic Article reference type is not needed unless you are using a url rather than a DOI. In this case, use the URL field and and give the Date Accessed.
  • A database name is not required if a DOI is given

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