A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) will be given to all new theses

Elizabeth Andrews
Thursday 19 November 2020

The Library is offering a new service. We are assigning all new theses deposited to the St Andrews Research Repository a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). A DOI provides a unique and permanent link to the thesis.

Here are some comments from researchers who have recently deposited their electronic thesis speaking about the benefits of DOIs and the new service:

DOIs are more succinct and facilitate casual access to your publications, hopefully, increasing the likelihood of people reading them.

– Henry Chandler: Li@C₆₀, the molecular maraca : exploring the properties of lithium endohedral fullerenes on transition metal surfaces for potential use in molecular electronics, https://doi.org/10.17630/10023-20917

I like the idea that a DOI is a ‘fingerprint’ for anything I might publish and that the system is regulated by an international body…Further, this makes it easier to track the use of my work through citations, so my reach and impact can be quantified.

– Louise Heren: ‘An ugly epoch’ : male sexual violence in interwar Scotland, 1918-1930, https://doi.org/10.17630/sta/2

We also hope to retrospectively add DOIs to theses already in the repository, working from 2020 backwards. The DOIs will also get displayed on St Andrews theses records that are included in the British Library EThOS service.

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