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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 which provides a persistent link that is used to identify an object, such as a publication or a dataset. Publishers often assign a DOI when an article or book is published and made available electronically.


Why should I get a DOI?

  • 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.
  • Metrics tools, like Altmetric, use DOIs and other persistent identifiers to follow your work to see how often it’s being accessed, used or talked about.
  • A DOI can often be used to help you manage your work in various scholarly systems e.g. populating your ORCiD profile.


Who can get a DOI?

DOIs are not just for journal articles but can be assigned to other research outputs that form part of the scholarly record, for example datasets, grey literature and non-traditional research outputs.


Useful tips

  • A DOI is most useful when assigned at the time the item is made available
  • To be able to measure how often your work is being accessed, used or talked about, the DOI needs to be used whenever your item is cited/used in discussion online


How do I get a DOI?

To maintain the integrity of DOIs, they are only issued by registered agencies and you will need to comply with requirements of that agency in order to get a DOI for your work i.e. you can’t make an item available from your own website and then register it for a DOI yourself.

Some options include:

Sydney eScholarship Repository

The University Library can provide a DOI for work made available through the Sydney eScholarship Repository provided the work meets requirements. For further information or if you require DOIs for more than 5 items, please contact for further information.


An open repository with free uploads up to 50GB. Uploaded work is eligible for a DOI. More information.
Figshare An open repository with free uploads up to 5GB. Uploaded work is eligible for a DOI. More information.
F1000 Research Uploaded slides and posters can receive a DOI.
Open Science Framework A free open platform for research collaboration and sharing. Public research is eligible for a DOI. More information.
ResearchGate DOIs can be generated for eligible uploads. More information.
LabArchives eNotebooks  If you use a LabArchives eNotebook to collect and record your research and you want to make it available to the public, then you can get a DOI for your eNotebook through the LabArchives system. More information

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‚ÄčTo find out more about DOIs, check out the International DOI Foundation’s Frequently Asked Questions.