, Volume 118, Issue 2, pp 709–718 | Cite as

DOI errors and possible solutions for Web of Science

  • Junwen Zhu
  • Guangyuan Hu
  • Weishu LiuEmail author


As unique and permanent alphanumeric strings to identify objects, digital object identifier (DOI) has been increasingly used to identify academic publications. Previous studies have reported the incorrect assignment of a single DOI name to multiple papers in the Scopus database, yet it remains unknown if this also holds in other datasets. In this paper we found incorrect DOI names are also problematic in the Web of Science but with different errors of duplicate DOI names. Tentative solutions are proposed in the end.


Digital object identifier Database errors Solution Bibliometric database 



This research is partially supported by Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant numbers LQ18G010005 and LQ18G030010) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant numbers 71801189, 91746202 and 71433006).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Public Economics and AdministrationShanghai University of Finance and EconomicsShanghaiChina
  3. 3.School of Information Management and EngineeringZhejiang University of Finance and EconomicsHangzhouChina

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