Warning: You are strongly advised to use Google Chrome when accessing this tool. The DOI Tool does not work in Internet Explorer. Users have also reported that recent updates to Firefox block key functionality within the tool.
Warning: You are strongly advised to use Google Chrome when accessing this tool. The DOI Tool does not work in Internet Explorer. Users have also reported that recent updates to Firefox block key functionality within the tool.

USGS Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Tool for Data Release

This service allows USGS personnel to assign globally unique, persistent, and resolvable identifiers, registered with DataCite, to USGS-funded data products. Included as part of the formal citation for the data release, a data DOI can be cited by subsequent users of the data, and thus facilitate credit for, and understanding of, data reuse.

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New User?

  • To reserve a new DOI, all you need is the Title of your data release and the USGS science center or program responsible for managing the releasing data.
    1. Click the "Create DOI" button and enter the Title and USGS data source.
    2. Select whether your data will be released through the ScienceBase Data Release Process.
    3. Click the "Reserve my DOI" button. A DOI will be created for you.
    4. At this point, you may add more information to your DOI, or click "I'm done for now" and return to your DOI to add more information at a later date.
  • Over time, you can login and add additional information about your data release to the DOI record, or edit any information you've already entered.
  • When your data are approved for release, open your DOI record.
    1. Add the final URL for the landing page of the data release.
    2. Complete any remaining mandatory fields.
    3. Click the "Publish Approved Release to DataCite" button.
    4. Your DOI will be sent immediately for registration with DataCite. Your DOI link will take about 24 hours to become operational.
  • Once sent to DataCite, the DOI is permanent; it cannot be unpublished. You can, however, return to this site to update the metadata of a published DOI at any time to correct an error, or update the landing page URL.

Please note that, due to licensing restrictions, use of this Tool is restricted to USGS personnel.

The DataCite DOIs generated by this tool should be assigned to USGS-funded data products (such as data releases, services, models, and software). This Tool should not be used to assign DOIs for primary research publications; publication DOIs are assigned directly by the external journal, or by the USGS Science Publishing Network.
Users can request and hold a DOI in the DOI Tool until they receive official approval for release of those data, and then return to the Tool to authorize activation of the DOI with the DataCite index.
To generate data product DOIs, DOI Tool users need to submit brief citation metadata, including the title, creator(s), publication date, type of data product, abstract, dates relevant to the data, and an online link to the data. These citation metadata can be updated at anytime.
This Tool is developed and managed by the USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis and Library (CSAS&L) Science Data Management Branch (SDM), which provides Bureau-wide leadership to optimize and share USGS science data management practices and workflows. SDM designs, supports, and builds community around enterprise tools and services that align with the USGS Science Data Lifecycle to ensure scientific data are fully described, preserved, and publicly accessible.

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Version: 4.2.0