Warning: You are strongly advised to
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) Creation Tool
USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries, in collaboration with Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ORNL) Mercury Consortium,
has established this Digital Object Identifier (DOI) service for USGS. To generate the DOIs, users need to prepare citation
metadata for their digital content; this includes information about creator, title, and publication
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.
Click the "Create DOI" button and enter the Title and USGS data source.
Select whether your data will be released through the ScienceBase Data Release
Click the "Reserve my DOI" button. A DOI will be created for you.
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.
Add the final URL for the landing page of the data release.
Complete any remaining mandatory fields.
Click the "Publish Approved Release to DataCite" button.
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Once sent to DataCite, the DOI is permanent; it cannot be unpublished.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
Due to licensing restrictions, use of this tool is restricted to USGS personnel, for those data products published by the
This service allows USGS researchers to generate globally unique, persistent, and resolvable identifiers for their data products.
A data DOI can be cited in the original research publication, and by subsequent users of those
data, enabling generation of metrics on data reuse.
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.
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.
For many USGS staff, the email address they use everyday is their Active Directory Username; however,
for others, this is not the case.
A number of USGS staff have aliases associated with their Active Directory profile that also allow
email to be delivered to their mail account; this is especially true for people whose name has
changed at some point during their employment. Some users have short name aliases that allow
for a briefer email address. Many USGS contractors now have the ".ctr" designation appended to
their email addresses. In all of these examples, the email address used daily by the individual
may not be his or her actual Active Directory email address.
If you are having problems logging in, you may not be providing your official Active Directory Username.
To determine your username:
Enter your first and last names; 'Select' your name from the results.
Look at your Active Directory record and
locate the field 'Username (UPN).' This is the value you want to use
to login to Active Directory authenticated applications. You may see one or more
aliases for yourself, but always refer to the 'Username (UPN)' field to determine
your Active Directory username.
Once you've determined your Active Directory username, enter it in the login; then enter
your current Active Directory password (note: this is the password that you must
change every 60 days; it is
not your PIN associated with your USGS badge).
If you still cannot login with these credentials, contact the USGS Service Desk at 703-648-HELP (4357)