Creating a landing page

As soon your content is registered with Crossref, users will be able to retrieve identifiers and create links with them. Crossref DOIs must resolve to a landing (or response) page that you maintain.

A landing page is a web page that provides further information to someone who has clicked on a DOI link to help them confirm that they are in the right place.

Landing pages for published content

The landing page for published content should contain:

  • Full bibliographic information: so that the user can verify they have been delivered to the correct item
  • The DOI displayed as a URL: so that if a reader wishes to cite this item, they can just copy and paste the DOI link (learn more about our DOI display guidelines)
  • A way to access the full-text of the content: It’s acceptable for the full text to be behind a login or paywall - this is fine as long as the landing page is accessible to everyone. A DOI can resolve to the HTML full-text of the content, and if this page includes the criteria above, a separate landing page is not necessary. It’s not good practice to link directly to a PDF however, as it will start downloading when the DOI is clicked.

Here are some examples of landing pages for published content:

Many Crossref journal DOIs resolve to an abstract.

And a little more for preprints

As well as the criteria above, a preprint landing page should also prominently identify the content as a preprint and include a link to any AAM or VOR. This information should be above the fold.

Landing pages for grants

The landing pages for grants should contain:

  • Information about the grant so the user can verify they’ve been delivered to the correct item
  • The DOI displayed as a URL - learn more about our DOI display guidelines.

Here are two example landing pages for grants: and

Page owner: Isaac Farley   |   Last updated 2021-November-08