The Crossref Curriculum

Creating a landing page

As soon your content is registered with Crossref, users will be able to retrieve identifiers and create links with them. Crossref DOIs must resolve to a landing (or response) page that you maintain.

A landing page is a web page that provides further information to someone who has clicked on a DOI link. Your landing page must have:

  • A full bibliographic citation so that the user can verify they have been delivered to the correct item
  • The DOI displayed as a URL - learn more about our DOI display guidelines
  • A way to access full-text: access to full-text is controlled by the publisher, but the landing page must be accessible to everyone.

A DOI can resolve to the HTML full-text of the content, and if this page includes the criteria above, a separate landing page is not necessary. It is not good practice to link directly to a PDF, as it will start downloading when the DOI is clicked. Many Crossref journal DOIs resolve to an abstract.

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Page owner: Laura J. Wilkinson   |   Last updated 2020-April-08