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Research Impact: Use DOIs

Get strategies to increase the reach of your work and measure your research impact

Make your research outputs easier to find and get more accurate altmetrics and evaluative data by assigning a DOI to your work.


What is a DOI?

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier that provides a persistent link to an object, such as a publication or a data set. Publishers assign a DOI when an article / book is published and made available electronically, for example.


Why should I use DOIs?

A DOI ensures that audiences will be able to find your work through the same link over time, even if it is moved to a different URL.

A DOI is permanent and cannot be removed but it is possible to remove the public right to access the resource.


Who issues DOIs?

DOIs are issued by registration agencies such as CrossRef, which are managed by the not-for-profit International DOI Foundation.


How do I get a DOI?

Generally DOIs are issued as part of the publication process. Aside from publishers, options include:

LabArchives eNotebooks  Requires university UniKey. Assign a DOI to document or versions of a document. More information

Australian National Data Service Cite My Data service

The Library’s Research Data Team can request a DOI for data published on University web sites such as Sydney eScholarship or Sydney Research Data Registry. DOIs are requested through the Australian National Data Service Cite My Data service.
ResearchGate DOIs can be generated for eligible uploads. More information.
Figshare Uploads generate DOIs. More information.
F1000 Research Uploaded slides and posters receive DOIs.

Read more

Chandrakar, R. (2006). Digital object identifier system: an overview. The Electronic Library, 24(4), 445-52.

International DOI Foundation. (2017). The DOI System.