[Taxacom] [SPAM?] Re: In defense of DOIs

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Wed Feb 17 09:12:54 CST 2010

Dear Lynn,

On 17 Feb 2010, at 14:13, lynn wrote:

> Thanks for the explanation. What happens when publishers go out of
> business or otherwise stop paying the fees? Will the DOI remain in  
> place?

I'm not sure, but the bigger issue is that if the publisher goes out  
of business then the content the DOIs point to may well disappear as  

I'm not aware of a publishing going out of business and the DOIs  
failing (although it has happened to smaller journals without DOIs, http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2006/11/demise-of-phyloinformaticsorg.html 
  ). Publishers have been bought, and in that situation the DOIs  
remain unchanged, they just point to the new location of the articles.

This is an argument for having journal articles archived. One strategy  
is for the publisher to submit articles to PubMed Central (either  
straight away if the articles are Open Access, or after an embargo  
period if they aren't). If the publisher itself goes out of business,  
there may well be ways to get CrossRef to point the DOIs to Pubmed  

It would be interesting to know of any "orphan" electronic journals  
where the publisher has gone out of business and the electronic  
content has gone.



> On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:15:03 +0000, Roderic Page  
> <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
> wrote:
>> Dear Lynn,
>> The fees you quote are for joining the DOI Foundation, which is a
>> complete different thing! CrossRef is a member of this Foundation, it
>> is the one paying those fees http://www.doi.org/membership/brochure.html
>> CrossRef handles DOIs for publishers, which pay a fee to CrossRef for
>> that service. These are outlined at
>> http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/20pub_fees.html
>> For a small publisher (making < $US 1,000,000) the annual fee is $US
>> 275. Backfile articles cost 15c per DOI, current content (defined as
>> 2008-2010 costs $1 per DOI.
>> Regards
>> Rod

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