Publication Documentation

How To Create a Publication

Create a profile for a Journal Article or other Publication type. Once a publication exists in Arctos, a citation can then be created to link the publication directly to a specimen record(s). Publications can also be linked to Projects.

Search Menu → Publications/Projects → “New Publication” hypertext

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

If available, enter the publication’s DOI (ID only, no prefix) and click the “crossref” hypertext to search for the article’s metadata. If found, the relevant data will auto-populate the Publication fields below.

PubMed ID (PMID)

If available, enter the publication’s PMID and click the “crossref” hypertext to search for the article’s metadata. If found, the relevant data will auto-populate the Publication fields below.

Full Citation

Enter the textual description of the publication formatted as it would appear in a bibliography (typically author(s), year, title, journal name, volume/issue, and page numbers. Use the tools to right of text box to format text.

Formatting conventions:

Short Citation

Typically authorship and year (the way publications are cited when included in the text of other publications). Except in the case of “et al.,” these should contain no punctuation or formatting. Examples: Jockusch et al. 1998 Burns and Fay 1970 Welsh 1968

Publication Type

Select from the code table (journal article, book, book section, dissertation, field notebook, other)

Peer Reviewed

Defaults to ‘yes’, select ‘no’ if applicable

Published Year

Enter Published Year (4 digit integer)

Storage Location

Note where the publication is stored if you have reprints or a copy of the physical object


Additional comments regarding the Publication


Click the “Create Publication” button to save. If you have not entered a DOI or PMID you will get an error message asking you to do so. If these IDs are unavailable, click “cancel”. On the next screen (Edit Publication), there will be tools to look up DOI/PMID (“Bah! No DOI! Click this!” hypertext).

Add Media to a Publication

Click the “Add Media” hypertext to link a URL or pdf of the publication to the record. Several Media fields will appear.

Did you know that you don’t need to upload media to TACC for linking with publications if it already exists elsewhere?

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science publishes a Bulletin and the University of New Mexico Libraries hosts PDFs of these Bulletins in its New Mexico Digital Collections. Because the entire Bulletin is hosted, there is no need to upload a PDF to TACC, instead I created media with the url of the document


then added a description and a relationship to the Arctos publication


and now the PDF can be accessed directly from the publication!



The best part is that I didn’t have to create a multi-page document and UNM Libraries maintains all of the metadata related to the publication!


So the next time you are about to scan a document for upload to TACC, make sure you aren’t duplicating effort and make use of existing documents if possible. Look for stable resources such as libraries, BHL, etc.

Happy Linking!!!


Click the “Create Publication” button. Now you can Search Publications to call up the publication details page to edit the publication or cite specimens (e.g., Manage Citations).

How to Create a Publication Tutorial Video

YouTube: How to Create a Publication

Edit this Documentation

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