Applying for a DOI

QUT academic staff can apply for a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet.

Applications for a DOI must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The person requesting the DOI must be a QUT staff member.
  • The item-type must be one of the following:
    • Conference proceedings
    • Report
    • Book.
  • The work must have an ePrint ID (record) or Digital Collections ID (record).
  • The work must be open access (or will be after a temporary embargo).
  • The work must be made available under a Creative Commons Licence.
  • The work must be solely published by QUT or jointly published by QUT and one or more other entities.
  • Any co-publisher must agree not to mint an additional DOI for the same work.
  • While the work may be disseminated via multiple sources and in multiple formats, the persistent source (where the DOI will point to) must be either QUT ePrints or QUT Digital Collections.


Before submitting an application for a DOI, create an ePrint ID or Digital Collections ID for the publication (see Depositing items to QUT ePrints). You will need this ID to apply for a DOI. Do not upload the publication file, but save the ePrint/Digital Collections record for later use.

Once you have received the DOI, add it to the footer of the first appropriate page of the publication together with a Creative Commons licence. Examples:

Go to the repository record in your ePrint user-space, enter the DOI in the appropriate metadata field, upload the file and complete the deposit. If the repository record is already public, the revised full-text document should be sent to, and staff will add the DOI to the ePrints record and attach the full-text document.

A DOI will be created within 5 to 10 business days of receipt of the application.

For more information, contact the Library Research Support Team.