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IoP To Offer "Cited By" Links Using CrossRef

:: From a post on LIBLICENCE-L:

In September 2003, we announced that papers in our Electronic Journals had been enhanced by links to citing articles from The American Physical Society and NASA's Astrophysical Data System. I'm pleased to report that our 'Articles citing this article' tool has now been developed further. In keeping with our tradition of innovation, we have become the first publisher to implement 'cited-by' links using CrossRef's Forward Linking service.

We have made 'cited-by' links available for papers published in the last 10 years. Over the coming months, we will be working our way through our entire journal archive, back to 1874. To take a look at forward linking in action, go to the following paper from New Journal of Physics and select the 'Articles citing this article link' on the right hand side:


New Journal of Physics is our open-access electronic-only title (co-owned by the Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft) so the 'cited-by' links are available to all. For our other journals, this facility is limited to subscribers.

Said Ed Pentz, CrossRef's Executive Director

'Forward Linking - where publishers retrieve and display links to other articles that cite their content - is a natural extension of the CrossRef linking network and will provide a better online reading environment for researchers and scholars. We currently have over 90 member publishers preparing to use this new service, and are very pleased to see IOP publishing be the first to go live with it.'

As other Publishers follow our lead, you will start to see more and more 'cited-by' links from our papers. Similarly, when reading papers on other publishers' websites, you will come across 'cited-by' links back to IOP journals. Comprehensive information trails, forwards and backwards in time, will become a reality.

We will keep you posted on our progress.


Lucy Braithwaite
Senior Product Manager
Institute of Physics Publishing

PS Look out for other tools on our abstract pages to help you find related articles, including our 'Search highlighted text' facility, which enables you to highlight text on screen and then search.

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A very interesting development. As a colleague said today in an e-mail, "It's looking as if, just when Scopus thought it was going to muscle in on Web of Sci's pie, those clever people at CrossRef are handing out free pie to everyone."

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