DOI links to wrong Journal Article?

I have a journal article I was trying to import into Zotero with the DOI:


I copied the DOI directly from the PDF file which I have, and double checked the DOI on SpringerLink

However Zotero imports details for completely the wrong journal article below


How is it possible to correct this?
  • edited August 4, 2015
    It's an error on CrossRef Maybe Springer submitted incorrect metadata, maybe something on CrossRef side is messed up (I'm guessing the former). There's nothing we can do to fix that, but you can import correct metadata by using the URL bar icon from your browser, instead of copy-pasting DOIs. That's the recommended way to import items anyway.

    (Edit: sent an email to CrossRef)
  • Thanks for your quick response. I was linking some PDFs that I already had on my hard drive and so wasn't downloading from the internet into Zotero... but downloading a new PDF from Springer using the Zotero Chrome Extension in the browser seemed to work as you suggested. Thanks :-)
  • I experienced the same error when using the Zotero button:
    The DOI:
    From the article page in my browser:
    -> using the DOI dropdown option I get a different article's metadata
    -> using the Embedded Metadata option I get the correct article's metadata.

    We publish the journals and I entered the DOIs manually with DataCite, not CrossRef - so would be happy to know whether this is a Zotero issue or a DOI service issue. How could I figure out what goes awry?

  • edited September 10, 2015
    From my personal experience this is sometimes a Zotero problem (when Zotero detects the wrong DOI on the webpage). However, it is frequently a Cross-Ref / publisher issue. I use a clunky in-house utility to help me recognize records that have missing volume, issue, page range metadata. It depends on the DOI to reach the publisher and tests for updated metadata. We had to build in title and author tests else the missing metadata would be replaced with that of some other article. Yes, this can happen with Zotero downloaded metadata; but it also happens with direct ftp feeds from publishers. Even the DOIs that come directly from publishers sometimes fail to connect with the correct article.

    This problem can be compounded when a journal's publisher changes. It isn't clear to me exactly what is supposed to happen but the old DOI to an article in a publisher's back files can link to the original article or not -- leading nowhere. Often, the articles receive a new DOI. For some reason articles -- even when there has been no change in publisher continuity -- can have more than one DOI assigned. This multi-DOI policy led to my great disappointment when my idea of using DOIs as an absolute test for duplicate records proved to be less reliable than I hoped.


    There have been times that we needed to change all of the old publisher's DOIs to the new publisher's DOIs. I don't know if the problem is with the old or new publisher but it sadly defeats the idea of durable linking.
  • I'm a bit confused -- I'm not getting a DOI option on that page, nor is there anything in the page source that Zotero would interpret as a DOI.
    But FWIW, Zotero's web DOI importer only works with CrossRef.

    Add by identifier correctly imports that item from DataCite, albeit with very limited metadata.
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