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What is a DOI?

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier associated with an electronic object and contains metadata elements that make the object significantly easier to find and track how it has been used.

What can we issue DOIs for?

DOIs are assigned to any entity for use on the Web. Digital objects may include:

  • images
  • data and data sets
  • books
  • book chapters
  • research reports
  • dissertations

How does it help?

DOIs help level the playing field between prestigious journal articles and other research outputs, artifacts and resources by:

  1. Making your research more discoverable. DOIs are widely used in scholarly publishing to cite journal articles and research data. They contain metadata that speaks to Google, ORCID, Datacite. Crossref, Summon, DataOne and many more, making it way more visible online.
  2. Providing a persistent home. A DOI is a persistent identifier that is available and managed over time; this means it will not change if the item or object is moved or renamed.
  3. Helping you track your scholarly impact. The DOI standard (ISO 26324:2012) is the foundation of Datacite/Crossref linking service, which allows location and tracking of both cited and citing references in the scholarly record. DOIs are widely used in scholarly publishing to cite journal articles and research data.

How is UBC assigning DOIs?

UBC Library is providing a free service for UBC users to obtain DOIs for digital objects since 2016. Objects deposited into UBC Library repositories: cIRcle (for text, PDFs, audio and video resources), UBC Dataverse Collection (for research datasets), AtoM, Open Journal System (for open-access journal articles), or CONTENTdm (for digitized images) will automatically be assigned DOIs and be given persistent URLs that do not break. See more than 300,000 DOIs and counting that we minted on Datacite Commons (UBC ROR – 03rmrcq20). All DOIs assigned through the UBC service start with 10.14288

DOIs are assigned through registration agencies. UBC Library has partnered with Datacite Canada Consortium, a central registration site for Canadian DOIs. Datacite Canada is part of the broader international Datacite initiative providing a global DOI registration agency for research objects.

How can I get started?

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