All Queen's publications (new and existing) hosted via the Library Journal Hosting Service will automatically have Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) assigned to each article as part of the Library's new DOI minting service.
This guide provides a brief overview of this new service, what it means for your publication, as well as specific tasks to be undertaken by journal teams in order to activate this service within the OJS publishing platform.
A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet.
As a journal publisher supported by Queen's Journal Hosting Service and publishing your journal via the Open Journal Systems (OJS) publishing platform, you can assign a DOIs to new articles once they are live in OJS.
A DOI can be used to cite and link to electronic documents. A DOI is guaranteed never to change even if the current live URL to its host website via OJS does, so you can use it to link permanently to the electronic version of your journal articles.
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Add DOIs to Article Reference Lists
As a requirement of CrossRef membership, journal publishers are required to add DOI links (when available) to the reference list for their journal articles.
References to journal articles which may have a DOI available in the CrossRef registry can be retrieved using CrossRef’s free DOI lookup tool. A batch DOI Lookup Tool is also available called Simple Text Query.
You can can enter whole bibliographies with citations in almost any bibliographic format and receive back the matching Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for these references to insert into your final bibliography.
Scholars Portal (SP), a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, provides technical support and platform hosting services for Queen's instance of the Open Journal Systems publishing platform.
SP has recently become a sponsoring affiliate of CrossRef, the DOI Registration Agency for scholarly materials (journal articles, books, etc.). This means that SP will pay the annual CrossRef membership fee for small academic publishers across Canada in order to mint DOIs on their behalf via the DOI and CrossRef plugins available in the OJS platform. Queen's University Library will pay the $1 US for each new article published.
What this Means for Your OJS Journal:
Sponsored by SP, Queen's University Library is a now 'sponsored publisher' member of CrossRef. This means that the Library will work with all Queen's journal teams to support the automatic minting of DOIs for new journal issues / articles hosted by the Library's Journal Hosting Service.
Queen's University Library has been assigned the following CrossRef DOI prefix:10.24908. This will be assigned to all* forthcoming article DOIs for our hosted journals that meet the CrossRef DOI requirements in the set-up pages on the OJS publishing platform:
Criterion to Activate the DOI Plugins in Your OJS Journal Site
In order to activate the DOI plugins on your journal site in the OJS publishing platform, Queen’s OJS Administrator will ensure the following in information has been accurately completed in your Journal Setup pages:
*If you currently mint DOIs for your OJS Journal as an independent CrossRef Publisher Member, you may continue your existing workflow. If you would like the Library to undertake this service at no cost to you, please contact Queen's OJS Administrator.
**To be eligible for a unique ISSN (International Standard Serial Number your journal must meet the following requirements defined by Library and Archives Canada. If you wish to apply for an ISSN for your journal please contact Queen's OJS Administrator.
There are a number of tasks which must be completed by either Queen's OJS Administrator or the Journal Manager, in order to ensure the timely minting of DOIs for journal articles in OJS. More information about these specific tasks is outlined on this page.
Queen's OJS Administrator:
In order to activate the DOI plugins on your journal site in the OJS publishing platform, the following set-up tasks will be completed by the Queen’s OJS Administrator:
1. *DO NOT schedule your publication-ready articles to receive new DOIs via CrossRef until you have completed all of the editorial workflows and your articles are ready for publication*.
2. DOIs can only be assigned to articles and any associated supplemental files, NOT journal issues
In order to automatically mint DOIs for publication-ready articles published in your OJS journal complete the following steps: