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Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Service at Washington University

How Do I Get a DOI?

How do I get a DOI?

DOIs are assigned through registration agencies. Washington University Libraries has licensed the EZID service to enable digital object producers (researchers and others) at Washington University to obtain persistent Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for their digital content. ARK (Archival Resource Key) identifiers are also issued by the WU DOI service, if your project needs those. Digital objects might include research reports, dissertations, research data, digitized images etc. available on the internet. DOIs assigned through this service will start with 10.7936.

This is a free service for Washington University users provided through the Washington University Libraries. The Library Scholarly Publishing Unit will create and maintain DOIs for many unique works that are added to OpenScholarship, the university's digital repository.

Washington University users: Contact Emily Stenberg  to arrange assignments of DOIs to your digital objects.

This is the information needed to create a DOI: 
• Creator
• Title
• Date
• Resource type
• Subject
• Copyright status of object

Other units within the libraries or elsewhere on campus may arrange to issue DOIs for their own servers and repositories. Contact Emily Stenberg or Ruth Lewis to request an account on and have the ability to create and maintain DOIs for your unique digital objects.

Note: When you create DOIs or have DOIs created, you are also agreeing to maintain URLs if they change AND, once created, we do not delete DOIs.

If you have questions about adding items to OpenScholarship, contact your Subject Librarian or

If you have an ongoing need for a very large number of DOIs, you may want to purchase your own group of DOIs and establish your own DOI service. 

Background was developed in 2013-2014 by the Center for Empirical Research in Law using APIs to the California Digital Library EZID service. Washington University Libraries are providing funding for the annual subscription to EZID and library staff will provide customer support.