All theses and dissertations in Iowa Research Online have now been assigned DOIs. DOIs, or Digital Object Identifiers, are unique and persistent IDs for electronically published documents. DOIs will be used by publications citing your thesis/dissertation, so that there will be better information about where your work has been cited. Using a DOI also allows less formal usage to be tracked as well, such as tweets, links in Wikipedia, blog posts, etc. and will be included in alternative metrics (altmetrics).
A DOI looks like this: 10.17077/etd.g638o927 and a DOI link looks like this: https://doi.org/10.17077/etd.g638o927. Clicking on the DOI link will take you to the current URL for the publication. URLs can change, but DOIs don’t. If the URL for your thesis or dissertation changes, due to a service migration or other updates, the DOI link will direct traffic to the correct URL. That’s why it’s important to include DOIs or DOI links in your citations, so your readers can follow your work back to the references you cited.
To find the DOI for your thesis or dissertation, go to the IRO theses and dissertation series or your favorite search engine and search for your name and your thesis or dissertation title. Click on the title of your thesis or dissertation, and the DOI will be listed in the first field in the record. If you have any questions, or if you are not receiving monthly download counts and would like to, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.