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Digital Object Identifier (DOI) FAQ

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What is a DOI?
Why get a DOI?
Do I need a DOI?
How do I get a DOI?
What information about my book is associated with the DOI?
What happens when I request a DOI?

What is a DOI?

Glasstree provides a powerful means of locating your academic work known as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Developed in 1998, the DOI serves as a persistent URL for digital objects.

The DOI system lists and makes searchable all objects registered with them, no matter the digital location of the object. Much like an ISBN, a DOI is a unique and permanent identifier. However, a DOI is more powerful than an ISBN because the DOI also provides a persistent link to its location on the Internet if material is moved, rearranged, or bookmarked.

 

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Why get a DOI?

Having a DOI associated with your book, and being present in the DOI system, provides an easy way to track your book across the internet.

  • DOI links (URLs) are maintained indefinitely, and are updated whenever the actual location of the work moves. This means that they're by far the best option for readers citing your digital work -- provide the DOI and that's it, no need to worry about the URL changing in the future.
  • DOIs are easy to pick up from a block of text so it's possible to track how often they are cited across multiple publications. This makes tracking publication metrics simple.

 

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Do I need a DOI?

A DOI is not required to publish your book. Glasstree offers DOI services for authors as another means to make their work more discoverable and impactful. Serials/Series, Conference Proceedings, and Dissertations are not eligible for a DOI. If any of the above publication types are selected for your project, you will not be able to take the steps listed below to get a DOI.

 

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How do I get a DOI?

If you wish to add a DOI name to your publication, your work must be published with an ISBN. 

To request a DOI:

  1. Publish your work with an ISBN
  2. Go to Publish and click on the published work.
  3. On the View and Edit page, click GET FREE DOI.

 

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We will submit your request to Crossref, which catalogs and manages DOIs for academic works. You will receive a DOI within a few days.

 

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What information about my book is associated with the DOI?

When you publish a book on Glasstree, you enter metadata information for the book's metadata, such as the ISBN, title, and author(s). Your DOI name will serve as an object identifier and will include the essential metadata associated with your book.

 

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What happens when I request a DOI?

When you request a DOI:

  • The essential metadata associated with your work is sent to Crossref for DOI name assignment.
  • In 3-5 days (sometimes less, depending on demand) a DOI is assigned and the DOI Requested status is removed.
  • The DOI displays next to the ISBN on your work's product details page in the Glasstree Bookstore.
  • To view the DOI from within your Glasstree account, go to Publish and click on the thumbnail of published book. The DOI displays next to the ISBN.
  • 48 hours following the DOI assignment, Kudos will be notified of the registration. They will contact you by email within a week of this notification to set up a free Kudos account to help you track and measure the impact of your work.

 

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