How do I find the DOI for an article, or get a DOI for something I created?
Posted by Jeff Williams, Last modified by Ashley Curran on 2015-04-16 15:03:40

digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique character string associated with a digital object, typically a digital text like a journal article or data set. The DOI remains fixed over the lifetime the text or data set, providing more stability than the URL.


How to find an article's DOI:

There's a free DOI lookup tool available at: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/

Alternately, if you need the DOI of a journal article listed in PubMed, follow these directions:

  1. Find the PubMed record for the article (PubMed's single citation matcher may be helpful).
  2. Use the PubMed "Display setting" drop-down menu to select and apply the "MEDLINE" format.
  3. Look for the [AID] fields near the bottom of the PubMed record.  The DOI if present, will be followed by [doi]


How to get a DOI for something you created:

If you have created something like a data set or online text and need a DOI, you must use a service offered by a DOI Registration Agency (RA). RAs collect metadata, assign DOI names, and offer other services such as reference linking or metadata lookup.

Most needs for NYU users can likely be met by:



A full list of all the agencies is available at http://www.doi.org/registration_agencies.html


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