[Rd] DOI query

Ivan Krylov kry|ov@r00t @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Tue Jul 19 21:32:13 CEST 2022

On Tue, 19 Jul 2022 16:53:53 +0000
"Koenker, Roger W" <rkoenker using illinois.edu> wrote:

> I wondered if anyone had a suggestion for an alternative way to
> reference such things?  And incidentally  wondered whether DOI links
> were often this flaky.

Since this discussion does happen on R-package-devel from time to time,
unfortunately, DOI links can be very flaky, but not for the same
reasons. For example, see:

(In my opinion, this is more of a package development question than an
R development question and thus would be a better fit for
<r-package-devel using r-project.org>.)

> I wondered if anyone had a suggestion for an alternative way to
> reference such things?

I suppose you could only use the ISBN only, but most kinds of URLs you
could use to link to your book can be expected to stop working sooner
than the DOI.

A link to a web.archive.org snapshot of the page should last relatively
long, too. Could Zenodo link to the web page for your book (with a
different DOI) while CUP figures out their availability problems?

> I was led to believe that DOIs were like Platonic solids always there
> when you needed them.

There are two parts to DOI checks in R documentation. The one that
usually fails is `R CMD check` not behaving enough like a human being
with a browser and tripping anti-robot protection on a journal website.
This happens so frequently that there's a separate sub-page on URL
checks linked by the CRAN policy:

The one that broke in your case is a publisher failing to keep their
DOI link working. I knew this wasn't impossible, but have never seen an
example until now. Unfortunately, I don't know whether CRAN would agree
to make an exception for a DOI that should be valid for all intents and
purposes and is only temporarily broken for reasons of your control.
Maybe they would.

Best regards,

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