Answered By: Jennifer Bazeley
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017     Views: 4

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when your article is published and made available electronically.

All DOI numbers begin with a 10 and contain a prefix and a suffix separated by a slash. The prefix is a unique number of four or more digits assigned to organizations; the suffix is assigned by the publisher and was designed to be flexible with publisher identification standards.

The DOI is typically located on the first page of the electronic journal article, near the copyright notice. The DOI can also be found on the database landing page for the article.

How do I use a DOI to find the article it refers to?
If your DOI starts with http://, simply paste the entire link into your web browser. This should direct you to a journal publisher’s page for the article.
Before 2011, DOIs started with the number 10 (and some are still formatted this way). You can turn any DOI into a URL by adding:

to the front of the DOI.


If you’re off campus when you do this, you’ll need to use the following URL prefix in front of the DOI to gain access to Miami's full text journal subscriptions:


How do I cite an a resource with a DOI?

Check the Library's Citation Resources Guide for links to specific citation styles and rules.

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