A DOI is a persistent and unique digital identifier of an object. It permanently identifies content and related metadata for an object over the course of its lifecycle. DOI names resolve to web locations where the objects they describe can be found. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it and who owns it, but its DOI will not change.

Why would I need a DOI

The benefits of a DOI include:

  • greater discoverability;
  • access to uniquely identified content;
  • accessibility for long-term use; and
  • citation of publications and research data for impact analysis.

Contact Library Technology Services for advice on how to obtain a DOI for your research output. 


An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique identifier for published works, whether printed or electronic.

For Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) a book for category A1 or a chapter for category B1 must be from a book with an ISBN.

If Griffith University, or an element within Griffith University, is publishing the book, request an ISBN by emailing

You will need to provide the title of the book, author(s), editors and publishing body (School, Centre, etc.) and the name, element and phone extension of the requesting person.


ISSN s are unique identifiers for serial publications. The library does not assign ISSN s for serials that Griffith University publishes. Instead, if you are publishing a new journal or other serial format publication, contact the Australian ISSN Agency to arrange an ISSN .

Legal deposit

You are legally required to deposit one copy of a publication published in Australia with the National Library of Australia, and for anything published in Queensland  a copy for both the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Parliamentary Library .

A work is deemed to have been 'published' if reproductions of the work or edition have been made available (whether by sale or otherwise) to the public.

When the title has been published you may also forward a copy to the Library for inclusion in the University's collection, although this is not legally required.

Send to:

Scholarly Resource Services N53 0.03

Griffith University Library

Nathan 4111