The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) System

The Geochemical Resource Library registers primary scientific data in the DOI system, making them citable as publications. The use of the DOI increases access to the data and attribution to the investigators as authors. 


What is the DOI System?


(source: ANDS)

The Digital Object Identifier system is used for identifying intellectual property in the digital environment. It is used principally by publishers, and is an implementation of the Handle System for persistent identifiers. The International DOI Federation (IDF) appoints Registration Agencies who allocate DOI prefixes, register DOI Names, and provide the necessary infrastructure to allow registrants to declare and maintain metadata.


Major applications of the DOI system currently include:

  • persistent citations in scholarly materials (journal articles, books, etc.) through CrossRef, a consortium of around 3,000 publishers;
  • scientific data sets, through DataCite, a consortium of leading research libraries, technical information providers, and scientific data centers;
  • European Union official publications, through the EU publications office.



  • IEDA Data Publication: a page explaining data publication through Integrated Earth Data Applications, the facility that manages the Geochemical Resource Library
  • DOI: the home of the Digital Object Identifier System
  • DataCite: home page of the international organization that supports access and reuse of research data
  • ANDS DOI page: the Australian National Data Service page about the DOI system