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How to Publish and Disseminate Research: Publication identifiers


What is an ISBN?
International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) are identifiers for books or book-like products. The UWA Library has been assigned a block of ISBNs by ISBN Australia for allocation to items published within UWA, by staff of the University.

How to apply for an ISBN?
To apply for an ISBN please complete this online ServiceNow form [log in with your Pheme credentials].

13-digit format
From 1 January 2007 all ISBNs must conform to the new 13-digit format. When existing publications that have a 10-digit ISBN are reprinted, they are required to use the corresponding 13-digit format of their origintal ISBN. Note, this is not a new ISBN, but the same ISBN with a prefix (978) added and a revised final checking digit. To obtain the 13-digit format for an ISBN which you were allocated prior to 2007, please complete this online ServiceNow form [log in with your Pheme credentials] and include your original ISBN in the "Comments" box.

Legal deposit
Items published within UWA are required by law to be deposited with the following collections:


What is a DOI?
Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are unique and persistent identifiers for digital research objects such as datasets, software and grey literature including thesis. They also enable citation and tracking of citation metrics. The University Library currently mints DOIs through the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) minting service for research datasets and grey literature which have the UWA Profiles and Research Repository as the primary publisher. All DOIs will resolve back to the UWA Profiles and Research Repository record page.

How to apply for a DOI?

  • Datasets: You must load your dataset to the UWA Profiles and Research Repository. Once you have submitted the record, the DOI will be minted as part of the approval process.
  • Reports: You must first upload your report to the UWA Profiles and Research Repository, then complete this online ServiceNow form [log in with your Pheme credentials] to request a DOI.
  • Theses: Theses will get a DOI as part of the publication approval process in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository. More information on these can be found here.


The Library does not allocate ISSNs. The Australian ISSN Agency provides information and application procedures for an ISSN.

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