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To be more precise, its actually a list of scientific papers referenced in the OpenJDK source code.

... as direct pdf links found via grep.

There might be more references without a pdf link.

I'm surprised the author didn't search for DOI links.

Asking as someone not as familiar with the research community as I'd like to be, what are DOI files, what advantages do they have over PDF/PostScript, and are they common?

It's not a file format, it's a digital identifier. The APA can explain it better than I can:

"A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when your article is published and made available electronically."

So you can access a journal article by going to http://dx.doi.org/DIO-GOES-HERE. doi.org doesn't host files, just resolves them to the current and correct location. For example the DOI number for the first paper in TFA is 10.1007/11427186_42 so it can be accessed at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11427186_42

You know the DOI you know where you can find it.

DOI isn't a file format. It's an object identifier for papers like ISBN is for books.

TIL about DOI :)

Thanks, we've updated the title to clarify.

Are you saying you can't run a PDF? :)

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