Like DOIs, the canonical form of an IGSN ID is a complete https://doi.org/ URL using the form:
IGSN IDs are sometimes displayed in locations where a complete https://doi.org/ URL is not appropriate. In these cases, IGSN IDs should be displayed with only the DOI prefix and suffix or, if necessary, only the suffix.
- Preferred: The DOI prefix and suffix (e.g.,
- Alternate: Only the suffix (e.g.,
Note that the short display form should be typically preceded by an “igsn:” tag to specify that it is an IGSN ID. However, in cases where IGSN IDs are already clearly denoted, such as in the column header of a data table, the preceding “igsn:” tag may be excluded from the short display form.
Where possible, all representations of IGSN IDs should be hyperlinked with the IGSN ID’s complete DOI link.
IGSN IDs encoded in metadata should contain the IGSN ID’s complete DOI URL. This includes IGSN IDs entered in DataCite Metadata Schema properties such as
QR codes for IGSN IDs should contain the complete DOI URL. For example, https://doi.org/10.21384/AU1234
If a QR code is applied to a sample or its container, the label should also display the IGSN ID short display form in a human-readable way.
Display guidance may be updated in the future as best practices are refined in agreement with the publishing community.
Updated 3 months ago