URI for This Same Article Online


The URI (such as, for example, a URL) for an online version of a print article. This element may be used when an article is available in multiple forms, for example, both in print and in an expanded version with additional graphics available online.


The textual content of this element may be a URI (typically naming a website) when the text is used as a live link, or the element content may just be a few words and the link attributes hold the real link, for example,

<self-uri xlink:href="...URL here...">An expanded version of this article is available online</self-uri>


xlink:actuate Actuating the Link
xlink:href Href (Linking Mechanism)
xlink:role Role of the Link
xlink:show Showing the Link
xlink:title Title of the Link
xlink:type Type of Link
xmlns:xlink XLink Namespace Declaration

Related Elements

The <self-uri> element is used when an article is available in multiple forms, for example as a means of indicating the online version of a print article. Conversely, a URI that indicates a different article or any other kind of external reference is usually tagged with the <ext-link> element. The element <uri>, although allowed everywhere <ext-link> is used, is more typically part of an address, information concerning a contributor, or part of a reference citation. Loosely put, an external link <ext-link> is intended to act as a link; a URI <uri> makes no promises but identifies a URI, such as a URL, when it is present in the text of an address or a citation; and self-uri points to another form of the same article.

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  self-uri     (#PCDATA %self-uri-elements;)*               >


Any combination of:

This element may be contained in:

<article-meta> Article Metadata

Tagged Example

<article-title>Substance use during pregnancy: time for policy to 
catch up with research</article-title>
<copyright-statement>&copy;2004 Lester et al; licensee BioMed 
Central Ltd.</copyright-statement>
<license license-type="open-access">
<p>This is an Open Access article: verbatim copying ...</p>
<self-uri xlink:href="https://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/1/1/5">This
article is available from http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/1/1/5</self-uri>
<p>The phenomenon of substance abuse during pregnancy has fostered 
much controversy, specifically regarding treatment vs. punishment. 
Should the pregnant mother ...</p>