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Information on public identifiers for research publications and data

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Why are research identifiers important?

Getting your work published is key: the next step is to make sure others are aware of the progress you are making in your research.

Unique identifiers that are freely accessible enable other researchers to locate and cite your work easily, increasing your personal impact and professional standing.

Standard identifiers are available for book, journal article and data publication.

DOIs for data

A Digital Object Identifier can be used to give a persistent link to a dataset (e.g. the underpinning data for an article.

ISBNs for books

An International Standard Book Number is a unique identifier for any 'one-off' publication.
An ISBN allows your publication to be located quickly and unambiguously, and purchased quickly.

ORCID for people

ORCID allows you to register for a persistent ID for yourself, can add existing publications from databases like Scopus and CrossRef.

You can register your ORCiD with the university via Pure, and have your ORCID profile automatically updated.

When you publish you will increasingly be able to give ORCID IDs, allowing the papers to be added to your profile automatically.

ISSNs and DOIs for journal articles

An International Standard Serial Number is given to ongoing publications (journals, book series, etc.)  that appear on a regular basis.

Digital Object Identifiers are widely used to give persistent links to journal articles and other publications.

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