Our first use of these has been within Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education (ELEHE), the university’s first open journal. Each issue of the journal now has a DOI, as does each article within the issue. For example:
- ELEHE Volume 4, Issue 1; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14234/elehe.v4i1
- Stoncel, D and Shelton-Mayes, A. (2012) Students’ views on higher education learning environments for professional teacher education, Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education, 4(1), pp.3-16; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14234/elehe.v4i1.45
FAQ: What is a DOI and how can find out if my work has one?
A Digital Object Identifier, or DOI, uniquely and permanently identifies an object. Although the ‘object’ in theory may be any entity (physical, digital or abstract), in practice the most frequent use of DOI names is to describe the location of electronic journal articles, data sets and other digital documents. To date over 84 million DOI names have been assigned (see DOI Factsheet), each with a set of basic metadata and a pointer to the full content.
The principle behind the DOI system is that clicking on a DOI name will take you straight to the definitive copy of the item, irrespective of whether its web address (URL) has changed.
We’re always delighted when staff and researchers add their work to NECTAR, the university’s research repository. It helps develop NECTAR as a comprehensive showcase of our research output, it helps authors by pushing the work to their staff profiles and NECTAR-friendly web resources like Google Scholar, and it helps schools by driving annual research reports and the REF.
But we’re also aware that adding an item takes time, and time is a valuable commodity. In this post I’ll show you how to use a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to get your work into NECTAR as quickly and efficiently as possible.