Keeper offers the possibility to generate a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) directly from Keeper Web. We leverage on the DOI service provided by our friendly colleagues here at the Max Planck Digital Library.
If you'd like to know more about the Digital Object Identifier and the service that's provided, please head to https://doi.mpdl.mpg.de/ or contact us for further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the multiple request options we provide here). At the end of this article, you'll also find a FAQ directly from the mentioned DOI site.
Now, how can you receive a DOI within Keeper? As we've mentioned, this is possible via Keeper Web, where you can currently created a DOI once per library. The DOI can only be generated by the library owner and requires valid metadata, like we require also for other services, like the Cared Data Certificate.
In case you are the owner of the library, have the metadata file correctly filled, simply go to "My Libraries" and for each library you will have a dropdown menu. One of those entries will enable you to create the DOI directly from Keeper Web and notifications within the web interface and via Email.
The DOi will generate a persistent link to the state of the library when you created the DOI. If you'd like to see an example how a DOI landing page looks like, you can find one here https://doi.org/10.17617/4.2m
In case you want to share the data with someone, as shown via "Link to dataset", your counterpart will need a Keeper account. Simply invite the person to Keeper (How to invite external collaborators to Keeper), or share it any other way Keeper offers (Sharing Files and Folders).
We want to make sure your data belongs to you and it's your choice with whom you want to share it.
In case you delete your library, there will be a tombstone page for anyone still looking for the content referenced via the DOI link.
DOI FAQ (source: https://doi.mpdl.mpg.de/faq/)
1. Why assigning DOI names to research data or grey literature?
The concept of "Digital Object Identifier" (DOI) addresses the problem of broken links to scientific content. Upon registration each DOI name is associated with an URL and clicking a DOI link (e.g. http://doi.org/10.17617/1.3) redirects to the corresponding location. After the initial registration, the content provider remains responsible to update this URL whenever the content is moved to another location. As a consequence DOI names serve as stable identifiers for electronic resources and can be used to reference content persistently.
Over the last years, formerly unpublished materials gained in importance and researchers are nowadays advised to share their research data, tools, posters, and further documents with the scholar community. Assigning DOI names to these materials improves the citability and enables researchers to link articles to appropriate data persistently. It also increases the visibility and traceability of research data as valuable resource.
2. What are the requirements to request a DOI name via the MPDL service?
Via the MPDL service DOI names can be requested for any kind of research data or scholarly work if the corresponding content object meets the following requirements:
- The persistent accessibility of the registered content is ensured. Please note that this requirement of persistence is difficult to achieve by an individual and therefore we strongly recommend to upload your work results to a suitable data or publication repository. Your local MPI library or IT department may help you identifying the most appropriate storage service.
- The object features quality scientific content, i.e. worthy of publication and citation. This includes that it has been produced in accordance with the accepted rules and standards of the discipline and that the content is not changed after publication.
- The object has a publicly accessible landing page. Upon DOI registration, you need to submit a content location (URL) and some basic metadata. The URL should refer to a publicly accessible landing page which contains a description of the object and information concerning access. All changes to the location URL or metadata need to be communicated to the MPDL immediately.
- The object has not been assigned a DOI name before. In order to improve citation tracking, only one DOI name should exist for each scholarly work. If the content of an object has been updated substantially, a new DOI can be assigned.
For further details, please refer to the terms and conditions of the DOI agreement with the TIB Hannover (in German).
The MPDL DOI service strives to improve the DOI registration process for Max Planck researchers in particular. Therefore, you need to be located on an MPG campus (IP) and to provide a valid MPG eMail address in order to request a DOI.
3. As a Max Planck researcher, how can I receive a DOI for my publication or research data?
For journal or book publications, the corresponding publisher should assign the DOI. If your publisher isn’t registering DOIs, you may point them to the CrossRef website which provides useful information on how to get started. Other alternatives include the registration via mEDRA or an OASPA membership (for Open Access publishers).
For research data we recommend to check if there is a suitable data repository in your specific discipline first, e.g. by checking the re3data registry as a starting point. Many of these repositories already assign persistent identifiers like DOIs to all submitted content. Alternatively, you may consider to upload your data to Edmond the new institutional Open Research Data Repository of the Max Planck Society and use this form to request a DOI name.
4. As a Max Planck institute or project, can we use this service to assign DOIs to items stored in our local repository?
Yes, the agreement with the TIB Hannover enables the Max Planck Digital Library to serve as central DataCite data center for the Max Planck Society. Please contact us to learn more about the processes and conditions involved.