DOI registration

For which subjects does TIB allocate DOI names?

TIB allocates DOI names for research products from the areas of technology and engineering, architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. Other registration agencies in Germany are responsible for other subject areas: Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences is responsible for medicine and life sciences, the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics covers economics, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is responsible for the social sciences and the Göttingen State and University Library. Institutions with a multi-disciplinary orientation will receive services from only one registration agency of their choice.

For what kind of objects does TIB allocate DOI names?

  • Research data
  • Other non-textual material (such as videos, images, 3D models)
  • Grey literature
  • Articles in Open Access journals published by academic institutions

Who can use the DOI Service?

The service is available to scientific institutions such as research institutes, libraries and university faculties that have their own infrastructure for storing objects. Requirements are: 

  • According to the "rules of good scientific practice" of the German Research Foundation (DFG), digital preservation and the accessibility of objects must be guaranteed for a minimum of ten years.
  • The objects should feature quality content, i.e. they should be worthy of citation and publication, and assist other scientists in their work.
  • A DOI name should always refer to a landing page, and not to the actual object. A landing page is usually an HTML page containing a description of the object (metadata) and information concerning access.


Acadamic organisations in Germany register DOIs free of charge. DOI registration costs for non-academic organisations can be found in the current price list (PDF).

Technical infrastructure

The international consortium DataCite provides the technical infrastructure for DOI registration at TIB. The use of the DataCite Metadata Store (MDS) enables DOI registration to be embedded into the workflow of a data centre in just a few steps. All registered content can be searched via a database. Metadata is an integral part of the DOI system. Good quality metadata is the key for visibility, access and reuse of the object. The DataCite metadata schema provides support.

Your path to DOI registration

More information on how to register DOIs with TIB you will find in our compact documentation: "Your path to DOI registration" (PDF). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.


Britta Dreyer

Phone: +49 511 762-17642