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UQ eSpace: manage your research outputs and datasets

Everything you need to know about using UQ eSpace to keep your research output and research data profile up to date

What is a DOI?

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier.

A DOI is a digital identifier that permanently identifies content and related metadata for an object. DOIs resolve to web locations where the objects they describe can be found. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it and who owns it, but its DOI will not change.

The benefits of a DOI include greater discoverability and access to uniquely identified content, accessibility for long-term use and citation of research outputs and research data for impact analysis.

A DOI has three important elements:

  1. A DOI name, which is an alphanumeric string, starting with ‘10.’. For example, 10.14264/uql.2020.513
  2. A URL, which can be accessed by adding before the DOI name. For example,
  3. The URL resolves to a page where metadata (information about the object) is displayed. If the object is digital and open access it will be available for download from this page.

DOIs are an internationally recognised and supported standard, governed by the International DOI Foundation. DOIs at The University of Queensland are minted via the Crossref DOI service. 

DOI minting

The Library can mint a DOI for scholarly works produced by current staff and students at The University of Queensland.  The works must have been deposited into UQ eSpace, and must have been published by The University of Queensland, including all internal organisational units associated with the University. The item must not include a previously minted DOI.

DOIs can be minted for:

  • books
  • journals
  • conference papers (fully published only)
  • working papers
  • department technical reports
  • research reports
  • theses
  • data collections

Conferred Higher Degree by Research (HDR) theses available in UQ eSpace are systematically assigned a DOI.  Research datasets manually deposited to UQ eSpace or generated via Research Data Manager (RDM) are also assigned DOIs. 

When adding a new work that matches one of the types in the DOI minting list above, request a DOI via the 'Notes' field on the deposit form, prior to submitting the form.  A DOI will be minted for the work by the UQ eSpace team, and it will be visible on the view page for your work in UQ eSpace, including in the work citation. 

For existing UQ eSpace works, published by The University of Queensland:
Contact UQ eSpace to request a DOI for your UQ-published work 

To request a pre-publication DOI for works, published by The University of Queensland, and not yet publicly released, or works that include an embargo:
Contact UQ eSpace and provide the metadata for the work
The metadata for the work becomes available publicly via Crossref (DOI minting organisation) once the DOI is minted, so UQ eSpace will create a 'restricted access' record for the work, mint a DOI on your behalf just prior to public release of the work, and provide you with the DOI for inclusion on the work itself. 
The full text for the work can be released publicly, as required, on further advice from authors of the work. 
Note:  It is possible to make the metadata publicly available and the full-test restricted.