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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 Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique, persistent identifier that can be used to track data citation metrics and to link related outputs such as journal articles, research data, software and grey literature.  As such, it assists to expand your research impact.


How do I get a DOI for my OAR self-deposits?

The Library provides a DOI minting service for research datasets and grey literature that are made available via an open access repository.

For the purposes of assigning a DOI to grey literature, publication types include: theses, reports, unpublished conference papers, newsletters, creative works, preprint journal articles, technical standards and specifications for which the institutional Open Access Repository (OAR) is the primary publication point.


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

Before you request a DOI, 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.


How do I request a DOI when I self-deposit unpublished, grey literature in the OAR?

It's easy!  Just enter  "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.


My unpublished, grey literature is already in the OAR. Can I request a DOI?

Yes,  as long as it meets the eligibility criteria above. 

To request a DOI for your grey literature item, email with a link to the OAR record e.g. 


Can I request a DOI for my thesis?

Higher Degree Research can opt-in for a DOI when filling in their Thesis/ Exegisis Access Form.  See Graduate Research Examination Process page for full information.

First class Honours and Coursework Masters graduates can request a DOI when they submit their thesis and  the Honours and Coursework Masters Thesis Access form by email to: 


How long will it take to mint a DOI?

Once Discovery Services receive your request, a DOI will be minted and added to the OAR record. 

Please allow up to 3-5 business days for your DOI request to be processed.

Can I request a DOI for my published research outputs?

No, the University Library's Discovery Services can only mint DataCite DOIs for unpublished, grey literature research outputs.  If you wish to have a DOI minted for your published research output contact the publisher with your request.


Can I request a DOI from my research datasets?

Yes, if your dataset meets the DataCite DOI minting criteria the Library DOI Service can mint a DataCite DOI for your datasets.

DOI minting for research datasets

  • Openly accessible datasets published in the University Research Data Portal - mint a DOI using the automated DOI minting function
  • Restricted access datasets published in the University Research Data Portal - request a DOI by emailing
  • Open and mediated datasets accessible on an external platform - request a DOI by emailing

See DOIs for Datasets in the Research Data Management research guide or contact for more information.