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DOI Service

The Scholarly Communications team has successfully implemented the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) functionality on our repository, SOAS Research Online. We can now create DOIs for publications, reports, PhD theses, SOAS journals, working papers etc.

The DOI is a persistent and direct link to research outputs - a key metadata that will increase the discoverability of SOAS research. DOIs are increasingly being used in references and citations rather than URLs which can change over time or stop working. In comparison, a DOI link will persistently link to the research output throughout its lifetime. Also, having a DOI will mean that if the research is shared or discussed on social media such as on Twitter or blogs, it will be displayed via the Altmetric badges that were recently implemented on the repository.

We have assigned DOIs to the latest batch of around 90 theses and we have digitised about 2100 historical SOAS theses and created DOIs to showcase this valuable research. We have also provided DOIs to the Pratu and LEAD journals as well as the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research. This is a service that will benefit both staff as well as Doctoral Researchers at SOAS and go a long way in showcasing and making our research visible to wider audiences across the world.

If you would like to have DOIs assigned to your research, please get in touch with outputs@soas.ac.uk