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Scholarly Communication: How can I get a DOI for my work?

The Scholarly Communications committee provides Bucknell’s faculty scholars with customized information, education, and guidance as well as the technical resources and support services needed throughout all steps of the scholarly communications process.


How can I get a DOI for my work?


Having a digital object identifier (DOI) can be useful for having a stable location online for research resources. Many journals and a growing number of book publishers and data repositories will provide a DOI for resources that they host. 


If you are seeking a DOI for your research, particularly works that are not traditionally published, we recommend that you consider if one of the following repositories will meet your need (NOTE: This is not a complete list of open repositories that will create a DOI, just a few of your options that may be free to you). If you have a more specialized need for data storage that supports DOI minting, you may need to investigate paid options and pursue relevant funding opportunities for your research.



Harvard Dataverse:

Knowledge Commons:



The Harvard Dataverse Repository is a free data repository open to all researchers from any discipline, both inside and outside of the Harvard community, where you can share, archive, cite, access, and explore research data. 

Upload your course materials, white papers, conference papers, code, digital projects. Files deposited in CORE are stored in the Michigan State University Libraries.

A research repository brom CERN, including data, software, and other digital artifacts 

Size Limits

2.5 GB per file, 1 TB per researcher

The maximum file size for a single item is 100MB. Researchers can email the organization if they need to upload something larger.


Licensing Options

are published in the public domain (CC0).Depositors can change this to apply their own licenses.

Select the Creative Commons license that best meets your needs.

Content is available publicly under a user-selected open license. Restricted and Closed content is also supported.

Fields most frequently used in:

More commonly used by those in the humanities and social sciences

Growing from collaborations between the Modern Language Association, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, knowledge commons primarily hosts humanities work, especially digital humanities (dh) scholarship. 

Open to all research outputs from all fields of science regardless of funding source. Commonly used by physical and natural sciences. 


More in-depth information can be found at this Generalist Repository Comparison Chart. We’re happy to consult with faculty individually on subject-specific repositories as needed.

If your work has a DOI, we recommend you share that instead of a URL via Bucknell Commons, your CV, ORCID, etc.