URI for This Same Article Online

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


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>


content-type Type of Content
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

<self-uri> 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 as <ext-link>. <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> element is intended to act as a link; a URI <uri> element identifies a URI (such as a URL) in the text, but may or may not be a traversable link; and the <self-uri> points to another form of the same article.

Content Model

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

Expanded Content Model



Text, numbers, or special characters, zero or more

This element may be contained in:



<copyright-statement>&copy;2004 Lester et al; licensee BioMed 
Central Ltd.</copyright-statement>
<license license-type="open-access">
<license-p>This is an Open Access article: verbatim copying ...</license-p>
<self-uri xlink:href="http://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>