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Citing your work: providing the foundation for others to reference your work is also your job

We all know how important it is to cite work and data from other researchers and institutions. But it is as important for you – as the data creator and initial owner – to ensure that others can cite you and reference your work and data. The easiest way to do this is by creating a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for your work once you upload it and make it available for everyone. What is a DOI, you ask? Well, it is an alphanumeric string that uniquely identifies an object – in this case your academic output. This could be an article, a report, a thesis, as well as data (amongst others). More importantly, a DOI is uniquely linked to a specific metadata description, as well as to its digital location. Such a digital location would be, for example, an URL.

So how would you get a DOI for your work? It’s easy! There are many ways to do this. For example, when you upload your work to Researchgate you will have the option of creating a DOI. But you can also create a DOI for your work at DataCite.org. The organization allows you to upload your data, uniquely identify it and link it to you (as the researcher). Once  you have created a DOI for your data/research/work this information is available through DataCite.org.All you have to do is:

  • Submit a name;
  • A metadata description following the DataCite Metadata Schema; and
  • A URL of the object to create a DOI.

So don’t forget to create a DOI for your work when you next upload any of your output. It allows others to cite you and for you to get the recognition you are entitled to.

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