Question: Find Corresponding Author: Doi Metadata?
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6.8 years ago by
United Kingdom
Louis140 wrote:

I'm trying to extract the corresponding author from a list of papers found by Pubmed search. I'm stuck as to how to find the corresponding author (not always the first/last author) without painstakingly navigating to each individual page, and finding the asterisked author. Is there any way to get this from a database using the DOI?

ADD COMMENTlink modified 6.8 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum129k • written 6.8 years ago by Louis140

I think the short answer, aside from Pierre's suggestion for those articles in PMC, is "no", unfortunately. PubMed is what it is - lacks a lot of useful features.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.8 years ago by Neilfws48k

I've chosen to attempt to work past this with a Ruby script. In the event that there's no asterisk indicating corresponding author then there'll always be an email address (if not in the Pubmed result page XML then on the journal site's article itself) which can be used to deduce the author in correspondence with the publisher - repo is at and currently testing it via a Google spreadsheet. Not too shabby :)

ADD REPLYlink written 6.7 years ago by Louis140
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6.8 years ago by
France/Nantes/Institut du Thorax - INSERM UMR1087
Pierre Lindenbaum129k wrote:

if your article is in PMC, you can scan the XML and get the corresponding author ( ref-type="corresp" )

e.g: for

<contrib contrib-type="author">
    <given-names>Mathias W.</given-names>
  <xref ref-type="aff" rid="aff1">
  <xref ref-type="corresp" rid="cor1">


ADD COMMENTlink written 6.8 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum129k

Thanks Pierre, unfortunately only around 10% of my list have a PMCID (it's a list of ~500)

The key stats I have for the rest are PMID, and DOI (for about half)...

ADD REPLYlink written 6.8 years ago by Louis140
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