What is a DOI? A DOI is a persistent, unique digital identifier associated with an object, which contains metadata that makes the object easier to find. DOIs create a link to the content’s location on the internet, so that the DOI will always point to the correct unique object.
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Why might I need a DOI? DOIs are increasingly desired -- and sometimes required -- by journal publishers. A DOI creates a stable URL that allows for persistent access to digital materials. If you graduate, change universities, or migrate content to a new server, as long as the DOI record is updated, the change is invisible to users.
What can I get a DOI for?
How do I get a DOI? The UW Libraries has contracted with DataCite to create digital object identifiers (DOIs) for UW researchers. All DOIs assigned through UW service will start with 10.6069. Request a DOI here.
Before you get started, look at the example DOI on the bottom of this page to get an idea of how the information you provide for your DOI will appear. Working through the following steps will ensure that the DOI registration for your content follows the best practices set out by DataCite.
Step 1: Ensure that an identical version of the content has not already been published elsewhere and been given a DOI.
Step 2: Prepare information about the resource(s)
Information we need from you to create a DOI:
URL: publicly accessible landing page for your content; see Step 3 for further information about best practices for a landing page
Creator(s): authors of the object (anyone who should appear in the citation), see the multiple author example
Title: Title of project/object
Publisher: The name of the entity that holds, archives, publishes prints, distributes, releases, issues, or produces the resource. This property will be used to formulate the citation, so consider the prominence of the role.
Publication Year: The year when the data was or will be made publicly available.
Resource Type: Text, Dataset, Image, etc
Description (optional): All additional information that does not fit in any of the other categories, including an abstract
Step 3: Verify that URL points to an active landing page that meets DataCite's best practices for DOI landing pages.
If the object is embargoed or not yet published (for example if a publisher needs a DOI before publishing) contact email@example.com.
Step 4: Input gathered information into the DOI request form
Step 5: You will receive the DOI(s) via email
Once the DOI has been registered, the landing page should display the DOI, and the DOI should be tagged to be machine readable. If you have other questions about acquiring a DOI, contact Research Data Services.
Creator(s): MacLean, Brendan X.; Pratt, Brian S.; Egertson Jarrett D.; MacCoss, Michael J.; Smith, Richard D.; Baker, Erin S.
Title: Using Skyline to Analyze Data-Containing Liquid Chromatography, Ion Mobility Spectrometry, and Mass Spectrometry Dimensions. Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Publisher: Panorama Public (https://panoramaweb.org/public.url)
Publication Year: 2018
Resource Type (Text, Dataset, Image, etc): Dataset
Citation (APA format): MacLean, B. X., Pratt, B. S., Egertson, J. D., MacCoss, M. J., Smith, R. D., & Baker, E. S. Using Skyline to Analyze Data-Containing Liquid Chromatography, Ion Mobility Spectrometry, and Mass Spectrometry Dimensions. Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry . Panorama Public (https://panoramaweb.org/public.url). https://doi.org/10.6069/M12V-M513
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