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Problem with Cite Journal template[edit]

I posted the following (below) on Phrabricator, but they indicated, "This is not a problem with the software. You need to fix Template:Citation/core. You should probably leave a note on the talk page there."

So I'm posting it here. ;^) Thank you for any help you can offer.   - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) 02:42, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

I am editing an article (preprint) for WikiJMed - the WikiJournal of Medicine (Wikiversity) titled, Dyslexia. I discovered that references containing a journal citation with a PMC identifier (PubMed Central) are creating an inaccurate URL.

For a detailed description, please see the question I posted at Colloquium (Wikiversity). I have not received any responses, which is one reason I decided to ask the experts. :o)

Briefly, the correct URL for links to PubMed Central articles is: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1234567/ However, the cite journal template, used on Wikiversity only (as best I can tell, e.g., this problem does not occur on the English Wikipedia), uses this URL: http://www.pubmedcentral.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1234567 Which might have been the accurate URL at one time, but the National Library of Medicine has not used "pubmedcentral.gov since 2006.

I conducted a search on Phabricator for this problem. I found one possibly related issue, which was reopened three days ago: T157152

I wondered if the preprint status of the article I am reviewing might be a factor, but I checked a published WikiJMed article, Western African Ebola virus epidemic and the same problem exists with PMC links.

Please feel free to ask me follow-up questions, although my technical understanding is limited. I will also let the other WikiJMed Editorial Board members know about the issue in case you cannot reach me.


Mark Worthen


[note_1] The domain name "pubmedcentral.gov" was established in 2001, used until 2006, and then had a permanent redirect to the correct URL until April 2016 (at least that is the last entry on archive.org). It is no longer being redirected.

[note_2] The WikiJournal of Medicine is an open access, free-to-publish Wikipedia-integrated journal devoted to medicine and biomedicine. It is part of the larger WikiJournal publishing group. Its function is to put articles through academic peer review for stable, citable versions, whose content can potentially benefit Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

@Markworthen: You're welcome to troubleshoot this issue yourself if you like, or see if User:Evolution and evolvability can help. Another option would be to seek assistance at the mw:Technical Advice IRC Meeting. Unfortunately, I'm over-committed and don't have time to research this further at the moment. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:51, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Thank you Dave. I don't have the technical know-how to resolve this template problem, but hopefully someone will. I took a gander your contributions to the Wikiverse (Wow!) so I certainly understand you not being able to work on this template at the moment. :O)   - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) 03:29, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
I'll have a look this weekend and see what I can come up with. That is definitely a really annoying bug. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 04:07, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
I've now also asked over at the MediaWiki support desk (Topic:V1s7vwd5qo8ej64u) since they may be better places to track which templates the problem is in. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 05:22, 17 June 2019 (UTC)