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OSA Library Resource Center

Welcome to the new OSA Library Resource Center. Recognizing your need to have data at your finger tips, we have developed some critical resources to help you better manage your subscriptions to OSA publications. These resources include access to COUNTER compliant and other related usage statistics, your current account information, access to your institution's subscription history, as well as a view into the personalized My InfoBase service as seen by your patrons.

Should you have any questions about your institution's subscriptions or require any assistance with this service center, please do not hesitate to contact us at elec@osa.org or +1.202.416.1901.

Reference Linking & DOIs

OSA's participation in CrossRef enables seamless linking to referenced articles, including forward linking for our most current content.

Reference lists from articles in Optics InfoBase are displayed on the abstract page of each article, when available. Reference lists are free to the public for open-access articles (e.g., for Optics Express articles). References are hyperlinked to other articles within Optics InfoBase and out to external articles through CrossRef DOIs.

Citing Articles (Forward Linking)

OSA is able to provide readers links to other articles that cite an Optics InfoBase article through CrossRef's Forward Linking service. See the Citing Article tab on article abstract pages. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite a given paper, citing articles from other participating publishers are also listed.


OSA partners with CrossRef to provide reference linking across multiple publishers. CrossRef uses a Digital Object Identifier (or DOI) system to link citations across publishers. Each DOI is associated with a set of basic metadata and a URL pointer to the full text, so that it uniquely identifies the content item and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet. OSA registered all published articles to CrossRef starting from 2004 to the present.

To find a DOI number of a published article, please use the CrossRef's free DOI link look up: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery

We are currently working towards registering all of the back issues of the OSA journals to CrossRef.