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Open Access Publishing: Identifier service

The Glucksman Library's guide to assist researchers to publish their work Open Access


The Library offers an Identifier Service to staff, researchers, and students at the University of Limerick.  Both DOIs and ISBNs are provided.

ISSNs for Journals and conference proceedings are issued by the National Library. If you wish to apply for one oft these we can help you with advice and support. 

For more information contact Ashling Hayes, Head of Research Services,

Phone: 061-233241

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) service

The Library offers a DOI service which provides for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers called DOIs. The use of DOIs ensures that your publications and other research outputs are accurately attributed and easily tracked for bibliometrics and altmetrics.

The library provides two DOI services

Crossref DOI service for publications

Crossref is the DOI Registration Agency (RA) for scholarly and professional research content, including journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and datasets. The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick is a member of crossref and can 'mint' DOI's for research works that are not given a DOI upon publication. 

DOI’s can only be applied to items held in our repositories/Digital library as our crossref contract states they must resolve there. Reports etc held on departmental websites would have to be deposited into the IR or digital library where the appropriate metadata can be collected. To apply for a DOI please email to request a DOI and a staff member will be in contact with you to discuss the options.

Datacite DOI service for datasets

The Library is part of a National Consortium for DOI services which is administered by UCD Library and subscribes to DataCite, a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research outputs. 

To apply for a DOI please email to request a DOI and a staff member will be in contact with you to discuss the options.


About DOI's

Digital Object Identifier or DOI is a persistent identifier or handle used to uniquely identify objects. DOIs are in wide use mainly to identify academic, professional, and government information, such as journal articles, research reports and data sets, and official publications though they also have been used to identify other types of information resources, such as commercial videos.

A DOI aims to be "resolvable", usually to some form of access to the information object to which the DOI refers. This is achieved by binding the DOI to metadata about the object, such as a URL, indicating where the object can be found. The DOI for a document remains fixed over the lifetime of the document, whereas its location and other metadata may change. Referring to an online document by its DOI is supposed to provide a more stable link than simply using its URL.

DOI names can identify creative works (such as texts, images, audio or video items, and software) in both electronic and physical forms, performances, and abstract works such as licenses, parties to a transaction, etc. The names can refer to objects at varying levels of detail: thus DOI names can identify a journal, an individual issue of a journal, an individual article in the journal, or a single table in that article. The choice of level of detail is left to the assigner, but in the DOI system it must be declared as part of the metadata that is associated with a DOI name.

ISBN Service

The Library offers an ISBN service for staff, researchers and students  at the University of Limerick and maintains a range of ISBN numbers that can be assigned to the research publications of University of Limerick staff and students.

To apply for an ISBN please email with the following information

  • Full title of the publication
  • Author/editor details
  • Year of publication

Once your request has been processed a member of staff will be in contact with you to issue you the ISBN.

About ISBNs

What is an ISBN?

An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number.  An ISBN is a product number, used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. It enables them to identify a particular publisher and allows the publisher to identify a specific edition of a specific title in a specific format within their output.  The ISBN Agency is the national agency for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

How do I get an ISBN?

If a commercial/academic publisher is publishing your book then that publisher will assign the ISBN.

Staff and students of the University can apply for an ISBN for their research publicatiions from the librray. 

If you are not a student or staff member of the University of Limerick you should apply to Nielsens, the ISBN Agents for the UK and Ireland for an ISBN.