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Helping you to undertake and publish your research, and maximise its impact.

DOI policy


Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are persistent links to digital objects. Cranfield University holds a licence to assign DOIs to selected scholarly Research Outputs deposited into CERES. All DOIs assigned by Cranfield need to be registered and be compliant with the requirements of the DataCite organisation. 

What types of Research Outputs can get a DOI? 

Cranfield University will assign DOIs to selected Research Outputs, including datasets. For Research Outputs which already have DOIs (such as published articles), we will not assign a Cranfield DOI to the record. 

Modifications to Research Outputs 

Modifications to Research Outputs once a DOI has been assigned are allowed. In cases where such modifications involve changing one or more files associated with the record, this will result in a new version being created, and a versioned DOI will be assigned. When changes only involve modifications of the metadata associated with a record, these can be performed on the same version, following the DataCite best practice guide.  

Takedown policy 

Content held in the Repository is intended for long-term preservation; however, in some cases items may be withdrawn. Reasons for withdrawal might include, for example: 

  • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism,
  • Legal requirements,
  • National security,
  • Falsified research, 
  • Ethical requirements. 

Withdrawn items will retain the DOI, and the withdrawal notice will be indicated on the landing page of the Research record in the Repository, but the Research Output itself will not be accessible.  

CERES Takedown Policy 

We reserve the right to act with discretion in cases not covered by this policy, or where circumstances require additional flexibility. 


Please email the Research Support Team in Library Services.