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What is a DOI?

A DOI is a unique identifier that provides a permanent link to any research you add to your profile – making it easily findable and citable.

DOIs help you:

  • Make your research citable. DOIs provide information on where your work can be found online. They are guaranteed to never change, making them a great way to provide a reliable link to any of your research.
  • Showcase all of your research. DOIs provide the ability to find all publications associated with a single author, including research that hasn’t been published.
  • Put a date on your discovery. DOIs include the publishing date of your research, to make sure you get the credit you deserve. 

The search bar at the top of every ResearchGate page supports DOIs, allowing you to quickly find and identify a publication when you have its DOI.

Note: Once a ResearchGate DOI has been generated, the research cannot be edited. Instead, you should remove the research completely, re-upload it with the edits and then generate a new DOI.

What type of research can I generate a DOI for?

DOIs can be generated for most of your unpublished work. However, publications of type Article, Book, Chapter, Patent, Cover Page, and Conference Paper are considered to have been published elsewhere, and therefore DOIs cannot be generated for these publication types. You can also add an existing DOI issued by your publisher to any of your research.

Note: Once a ResearchGate DOI has been generated, the research cannot be edited. Instead, you should remove the research completely, re-upload it with the edits and then generate a new DOI.

How do I generate a DOI for my research?

If a publication you’ve already added to your profile doesn’t have a DOI and isn't one of those types mentioned above, you can generate one by following these steps:

  1. Go to your profile and click the Contributions tab
  2. Select the publication you would like to generate a DOI for by clicking on its title
  3. On the right-hand side, click on the blue arrow and select Generate a DOI (if this is not visible, then your publication is one one the types listed above; generating a DOI for these types is not possible)
  4. Review the details of your publication to ensure they are correct
  5. Click Generate a DOI.

To generate a DOI for unpublished work you haven't yet added to your profile you will first need to add the publication. Here's how:

  1. Go to your profile and click Add your publications
  2. Select the type of publication
  3. Click Select file
  4. Upload your file (required)
  5. Click Continue
  6. Verify your publication details and select Generate a DOI  (if this is not visible, then your publication is one one the types listed above; generating a DOI for these types is not possible)
  7. Click Finish to confirm your changes.

Your work will now be assigned a DOI, making it easy for researchers to find and cite it. 

Note: Once a ResearchGate DOI has been generated, the research cannot be edited. Instead, you should remove the research completely, re-upload it with the edits and then generate a new DOI.

What if my research already has a DOI?

To add an existing DOI, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your profile and click the Contributions tab
  2. Select the publication you wish to add the DOI to
  3. On the right-hand side, click on the blue arrow and select Edit
  4. Enter the DOI number in the field
  5. Click Save to confirm your changes.

Researchers will now be able to cite your work using its DOI.

How do I find a publication using its DOI?

Simply type a DOI into the search bar shown at the top of every page on ResearchGate and you will be taken to the corresponding publication.