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Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and CrossRef

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)


This is the web site of the International DOI Foundation (IDF), a not-for-profit membership organization that is the governance and management body for the federation of Registration Agenciesproviding Digital Object Identifier (DOI) services and registration, and is the registration authority for the ISO standard (ISO 26324) for the DOI system. The DOI system provides a technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers, called DOIs, for use on digital networks.

Identifier of digital object:
 — it is appropriated to scientific articles and collections
 — the address which never changes (i.e. are powerless: transition to a new on-line platform, restructuring of the website, change of the owner of the edition)
 — the standard accepted by all leading publishing houses (400 publishing houses)
 — constantly growing range of opportunities
 — 12 thousand magazines using the standard
 — 16,8 million registered identifiers
 — 10 thousand new DOI daily
 — 90 million appeals of users to DOI a year (3 addresses to second)
 — constantly growing range of opportunities

DOI can include various information, for example, article address on the Internet (URL — Uniform Resource Locator), the name of article, the author, information on the edition and other metadata which you have to fill and recheck carefully at addition of articles and collections for placement in the Russian Journal of Parasitology, etc.

Without identifier of digital object (DOI) neither your articles, nor your collections will never be included in such scientometric databases as Scopus and Web of Science!

DOI consists of a prefix and a suffix and has the following appearance:

"10" — the identifier sign — always remains invariable

"1006" — unique digital designation of the publisher. Each publisher (for example, publishing the house, separate establishment, the certain person) has to have the unique designation (prefix) which can be received at one of official agencies on registration DOI or from third parties who have the existing contract with these agencies.

"jmbi.1995.0238" — (suffix) — directly the identifier of concrete object, for example, the scientific article or the collection. The suffix has to be unique too — repetitions are excluded. The suffix may contain both figures and letters, and separate signs.

As practice shows, publishing houses try to use the special principle of creation of a suffix, for example, including in him the name (or an abbreviation) the magazine, the ISSN magazine, number of release, serial number of article in the collection, date of the publication and so forth. Existence of this scheme is especially actual for magazines which can publish hundreds of releases and thousands of articles.

DOI is appropriated:
 — magazine, to numbers and volumes of magazines, journal articles
 — to book series, books, certain heads / sections
 — to collections of works of conferences, separate reports
 — to tables, drawings, schedules in books/articles
 — to theses, entries in databases (soon)

Examples of DOI:


To appropriate to DOI articles and issues of your scientific magazine, it is necessary to carry out several consecutive steps:

1. To sign the contract with CrossRef on registration of DOI or to address third parties who have the existing contract with these agencies;
2. To receive and appropriate to each scientific article and release separate DOI;
3. To regularly pay annual membership dues to agency, and also the receipt for registration of DOIs.
4. To transfer in CrossRef metadata of all the online publications together with their URLs, to register for them DOI, using the received prefix
5. To transfer metadata of articles quoted in the publications in CrossRef
6. On the received DOI of the quoted articles to adjust external references