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Open Access

Your guide to making your research outputs FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reuseable).

What is a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)?

A unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) attached to a digital research output and associated metadata ensures the output is persistently findable on the internet.  DOIs ensure accurate data citation and bibliometrics for reporting impact.  

Accessible research outputs with a DOI in the Open Access Repository (OAR) attract altmetrics which measure online mentions and shares.

DOI minting service

The University Library manages the ARDC DataCite DOI service for University affiliated datasets and unpublished grey literature (e.g. theses, reports, conference papers, newsletters, creative works, technical standards and specifications).

To be eligible for a DOI, datasets and unpublished grey literature (including ERA reportable NTROs) must: meet the DataCite DOI minting criteria and, be publicly accessible in a University repository (Open Access Repository (OAR), UTAS Research Data Portal (RDP) and IMAS Data Portal).

Published outputs (e.g. journal articles) are assigned a DOI by the publisher. 

DOI minting criteria

Eligibility for a DOI is based on meeting the following minting criteria.

  • Intellectual property (IP) is owned by University of Tasmania or an affiliated researcher
  • Output (publication or data) is Open, Mediated, or Embargoed (with specified end-date)
  • Metadata is compliant with DataCite Metadata Scheme v4.0
  • Metadata for grey literature will be added to the institutional Open Access Repository (OAR).
  • Grey literature is managed and stored for the long-term, in a University system (such as ePrints)
  • Grey literature/data output will remain unchanged
  • Unique research output
  • Output has not been assigned a DOI previously
  • No copyright will be infringed
  • Contributes to the scholarly record and, in the case of datasets, is analogous to a journal article


DOI benefits

A DOI makes a digital output 

  • Persistently & permanently findable on the web
  • Citation trackable
  • Measurable through metrics
  • Meets the requirements of the University Open Access Procedure and F.A.I.R

Unpublished research outputs automatically assigned a DOI

  • Open or mediated datasets accessible in the University Research Data Portal (RDP)
  • Open ERA eligible Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTROs) accessible in the University Open Access Repository (OAR)


University Open Access Repository opt-in DOI minting 

Grey literature self-deposited in OAR
  •  "Request a DOI" in the Comments and Suggestions field under Core Bibliographic Information  of the Item Control Page.  See OAR user deposit guide for more information.
  • The Open Access Repository team will mint and add the DOI to the record during the Item Review stage.
  • Please allow up to 3-5 business days for your DOI request to be processed.

Note: Before you request a DOI for self-deposited unpublished literature, consider how this output fits into your overall publishing strategy.  If you intend to submit a paper with any of this content to a reputable journal publisher in future, you need to be careful to avoid jeopardising your chance of having it accepted by putting it in an open access repository too soon. For more information, and expert advice, please contact Learning and Research Librarians.