May 16, 2022

CrossRef Provides List of Top 10 Website DOI Referring Domains During 2015 and Early 2016

CrossRef’s Joe Wass Writes:

This information is interesting because it shows not only where DOI hyperlinks are found across the web, but also when they are actually followed. This data allows us a glimpse into scholarly citation beyond references in traditional literature.

We have filtered out domains that belong to Crossref member publishers to highlight citations beyond traditional publications.

Here are numbers 10-7.





The complete Top 10 list, both charts, and links to some useful CrossRef tools are available here.

The post also includes a chart showing HTTP vs. HTTPs referral traffic during 2015 and early 2016.

By the way, it’s worth noting that the second most popular referring domain (see the list) has a scholarly/academic search site like Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic.  You can see it here  ||| translated version here (poor) ||| search results page here (better).

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.