Requesting a DOI or ISBN
What is an ISBN and a DOI?

An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) identifies a book by format (print, audio etc.), edition and publisher.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is as persistent and stable as an ISBN. The advantage of using a DOI in the online environment is that it can be expressed in resolvable format, (e.g. http://doi.org/10.4225/35/5715bcdd2df24) so that there is always a link back to the online location of the item.

It is not necessary for an ISBN and DOI to be issued for the same publication unless it will be distributed in both print and electronic formats.

To obtain a Western Sydney DOI or ISBN, please read the relevant guidelines and request the appropriate identifier using the form on that page.

Request a Western Sydney University DOI

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Western Sydney University must be the sole publisher. Copyright may be jointly held with an external body.
  • Grey literature or research data authored/created by a staff member (adjuncts included), student or organisational unit.
  • Digital versions of Western Sydney University hosted conference proceedings (full-text, peer reviewed)
  • Digital research reports.
  • Grey literature or dataset must be made freely available in ResearchDirect following allocation of DOI.
  • Publications must contain a research component. Disputes will be resolved by the appropriate divisional Research Committee.
  • Item must be eligible for inclusion in ResearchDirect as the DOI must resolve to a ResearchDirect record.
  • Research reports must include a separate title page, author affiliation statement, copyright statement and acknowledgment of commissioning body if appropriate. Suggested citation and appropriate Creative Commons licence are optional.

Out of Scope

  • Western Sydney University theses.
  • Books/chapters.
  • Published peer review articles.
  • Draft documents.
  • Project Reports prepared for funding bodies, unless they contain a research component.
  • Learning/teaching materials.
  • Ephemera (material designed to be short lived such as pamphlets).

Download a copy of the eligibility guidelines.

The Library will submit the final version of your publication to the State and National libraries on your behalf.

Request a Western Sydney University DOI

Request a Western Sydney University ISBN

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Western Sydney University must be the sole publisher. Copyright may be jointly held with an external body.
  • Grey literature authored by a staff member (adjuncts included), student or organisational unit.
  • Monographs authored by a staff member, student or organisational unit if accompanied by email approval from the chair of the relevant departmental research committee or equivalent.
  • Print versions of Western Sydney University hosted conference proceedings (full-text, peer reviewed)
  • Print research reports.
  • Publication must contain a research component. Disputes will be resolved by the appropriate divisional Research Committee.
  • Publication must be eligible for inclusion in ResearchDirect.
  • Document must include a separate title page, author affiliation statement, copyright statement and acknowledgment of commissioning body if appropriate. Suggested citation and appropriate Creative Commons licence are optional.

Note: A research report does not require an ISBN to meet the government guidelines or be eligible for National or State Legal Deposit.

Out of Scope

  • Western Sydney University theses.
  • Draft documents.
  • Project Reports prepared for funding bodies, unless they contain a research component.
  • Learning and teaching materials.

Download a copy of the eligibility guidelines.

The Library will submit the final version of your publication to the State and National libraries on your behalf.

Request a Western Sydney University ISBN