The paper calls, "Marco?!" but Polo the DOI is MIA
August 13, 2019 4:13 PM   Subscribe

Help me get a DOI assigned to my academic paper so it can show up in academic searches, and so I get credit for my work.

There is a paper I published in a small academic journal about 6-7 years ago for which I have been attempting to get a doi assigned so it can come up in paper searches, to no avail. Even though I really did publish my original research and I have the physical copy of the journal, I can't seem to get the journal to fix the doi (have been trying for years). I've emailed the journal editor multiple times over the past few years, and she's assured me she would keep trying to get it fixed. She says she's been in touch with the DOI-assigner-folks to no avail. My paper still does not have a DOI. The source thesis, which has much more detail than this publication (it was very long), has been cited in other publications. This is my only publication so far, it is a first-and-only author, and I really need it to show up in searches so that people don't think I'm making it up when I tell them about it in the next while. I've done everything I could to try to get it fixed, and I can't seem to resolve this. Has anyone come across this, and have you seen anything that works to resolve it? All help super appreciated!
posted by dubhemerak3000 to Education (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What searches do you mean? Google Scholar? Where is the journal indexed? Do other articles from that issue have DOIs? I don't understand what you mean when you say it's not showing up in searches. Does it show up on the journal homepage?

In any case, if you are in higher ed in the US, I would encourage you to reach out to your university library to see about depositing a copy of the article in whatever form is allowed in your university's institutional repository, which should help. They also will be good resources for this kind of help in general.
posted by bluedaisy at 4:45 PM on August 13 [2 favorites]

I handle DOI deposits for the journal I edit. It would help to know whether the journal itself has a DOI assignment system in place, and there's some error just with your paper, or whether you're looking to do a one-off assignment even though the rest of the journal is not DOI-assigned.

You should know that just because you have a DOI, this does not guarantee that your work will be indexed. Each indexing system has their own requirements and metadata standards for inclusion. eg just because you have a DOI doesn't mean you'll show up in ProQuest, or Google Scholar, or whatever. It depends on what indexing protocols the journal itself has in place.

Bluedaisy is correct that depositing a version in your institutional repository may help, depending on their systems. But that will assign a DOI to that version, not the original journal publication.
posted by media_itoku at 5:01 PM on August 13 [3 favorites]

You can do some other things to get more searchable, though. Make sure you have an ORCID account and that it's up to date, and create a Google Scholar profile. I have several publications from the era of print (no DOIs!) that I've manually added to my Google Scholar profile.
posted by media_itoku at 5:08 PM on August 13 [2 favorites]

Would ArXiv or BioRxiv (or similar) be an option? That will get you a DOI.
posted by Dashy at 10:20 PM on August 13

Scopus, for example, indexes whole journals and whether or not you have a DOI isn't really relevant. How small is this small academic journal and do other articles from it show up in regular google searches, google scholar searches, or in whatever field-specific indexes you're looking at?
posted by Faff at 5:01 AM on August 14 [1 favorite]

Could you just take matters into your own hands and assign a DOI yourself by uploading it?
posted by dmd at 6:03 PM on August 14

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