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LSU Libraries implements Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

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As a member of CrossRef, LSU Libraries is now assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to the journal articles in the LSU Digital Commons as part of its journal publishing services offered to LSU faculty.

What is a Direct Object Identifier?

Direct Object Identifiers are similar to URLs. They are strings of numbers, letters and symbols forming persistent links to individual publications such as journal articles, books, chapters, and even preprints, video, audio and other formats. DOIs are persistent, so if an article’s location on the internet changes, users will be redirected to its new URL. The DOI system is administered by the International DOI Foundation.

Why are DOIs important?

DOIs increase the reach and impact of research. They make citations more reliable, which is one way in which they enhance discovery.  They are also a prerequisite for inclusion in DOAJ.org, the Directory of Open Access Journals, a resource used by libraries worldwide to provide access to ejournals through their online catalogs.

Where can I find the DOI for an article?

Each journal article in the LSU Digital Commons lists its DOI under “Recommended Citations” on the first page of the ejournal article.

For more information about DOIs, see the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Third Edition DOI: 10.1081/E-ELIS3-120044418.

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