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Open Access

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

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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.

There are two DOI services

UTAS Library DataCite DOI minting service 

To be eligible for a DataCite DOI, research datasets and unpublished grey literature (including ERA reportable NTROs) must:

For more information contact UTAS Library DataCite DOI service, email:


DataCite 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

Research outputs that can be assigned a DataCite DOI

  • Research datasets and collections, associated workflows, software and models
  • Grey literature such as theses, reports, unpublished conference papers, newsletters, creative works, preprint journal articles, technical standards and specifications for which the institutional repository is the primary publication point
  • Other resource types that are in scope for DataCite.

UTAS research outputs automatically assigned a DataCite DOI


Opt-in DataCite DOI for theses & University Open Access Repository (OAR) deposits

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.

DataCite DOIs for UTAS research datasets

UTAS Library DataCite DOI service manages DataCite DOIs for UTAS datasets that meet the DataCite DOI minting criteria 

How to get a DataCite DOI 

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