Why do citations still need to have archaic abbreviated formats like J. Anal. Chem. (27)314, p5483-5489 when we could just all agree to use DOI numbers instead? First author, year, DOI would be way simpler, I think.

Not that I dislike physical copies of things, mind you. But how many people honestly look things up without using a computer-aided database of some kind?

@invaderxan loads of stuff don’t have DOI though.

I’m thinking about every article that instead has ISSN ####-####.

There are a LOT of articles in EdTech coming from Turkey (as an example) that do not have DOI.

A fair point. I'll admit, I'm biased working in physics where everything has a DOI.

But seeing as everything is digitally catalogued somewhere, it would make things a lot easier if we could simply use those catalogue numbers. I see no trouble with using a combination of DOI/ISSN/ISBN/any other where available. It's a string of forgettable characters which no one really reads either way.

@invaderxan I totally agree, I think a unified system for simplified documentation would be incredible!

@invaderxan Referencing journal / publication names give the benefit also of credibility - not necessarily of huge benefit for someone out of a field, but if I know what a specific bent / focus of a journal is, this does help me in decision making to spend time to read or not.

@invaderxan In my field we use the full name. Paper is cheap, bits are even cheaper, and abbreviations are a barrier to access (knowing them is 'hidden knowledge' passed from teacher to student within a community). There are many problems with DOIs, like proprietary journals which 'helpfully' provide a DOI for their paywalled version not the open one you can get elsewhere.

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