Revista Latina

Revista Latina de Comunicación Social enters the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) System

The DOI System is a standard method to legalize the intellectual property of works disseminated through any type of digital format in the digital environment of the Internet.

A common way to use the DOI system is giving scientific articles a specific number that anyone can use to locate the article in the Internet.

Unlike the URL system, used in web pages, the DOI system will not change over time, even if the article is relocated to a different address, because the information is incorporated in the form of metadata. (The metadata, in case of this article number 841 is: <meta name="DC.DOI" content="10.4185/RLCS-64-2009-841-508-525"/>)

The DOI control system was developed by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), a U.S. non-profit association aimed at promoting the development of information and communication technologies in the field of scientific research.

The DOI system is currently commercialized by several U.S. companies and sold in dollars. The most important is Crossref (, which was hired by the Revista Latina de Comunicación Social, RLCS, despite the lack of institutional support.

The DOI number facilitates the identification and indexation of digital documents within databases and other sites cataloging journals (e.g. portals and universities).

It is important because it is one of the elements used by referees in the international evaluation of scientific journals.

The DOI, as a unique identifier for each journal article, is a kind of ISBN or ISSN for the article, but a DOI number is not free, and an annual subscription must be paid for each number.

Using the DOI system, therefore, involves a double payment to the distributing agency Crosssref, located in Lynnfield, Boston, MA, United States: a first installment to enter the system and a second quarterly payment, according to the number of articles published with DOI numbers.

In some cases, the publishing services of universities or research institutions request their DOI for all the journals they publish (this is the case of the CSIC, but not of our university).

Regarding electronic editions, it is quite interesting that, as it has been detected [by the CINDOC], in some cases the National Evaluation Committee of Research Activity, CNEAI, has only considered electronic journals using the DOI system (which does not make much sense, because the DOI does not guarantee the quality of content).

At present, the CNEAI does not impose this requirement, but the form for the six-years research period has one section (see picture below) asking authors to add the DOI of the papers presented for evaluation, regardless of whether they have been published in a digital or printed magazine:


The DOI in RLCS: in May 2009, during the publication of number 49, the RLCS started the work of switching from its own particular “Unique record identifier” to the DOI. We did so with articles 841 and 848 by inserting the DOI provided for each of these articles on their covers. RLCS will gradually introduce the DOI in the rest of the articles.

The DOI has two parts: the prefix and suffix: the prefix is given by the provider agency once the invoice has been paid and it always starts with 10. The prefix fort RLCVS is 10.4185.

The suffix is made up freely by each journal and contains a series of data from the article. In our case, these data are:
Initials of the magazine - issue number - year of publication –article’s general number and its number of pages.

Accordingly, the DOI for article 841 is as follows:

DOI: 10.4185/RLCS-64-2009-841-508-525

DOI: 10.4185 /RLCS-64-2009-841-508-525

And the suffix –with simple hyphens [-] between items is originated in this way:

Journal’s initials
Issue number
Year of publication
Article’s general number
Home page
Article’s final page

Based on the previous system, the DOI of the Article 848 looks like this:

DOI: 10.4185/RLCS-64-2009-848-602-61

How do I search DOI names?

There are two steps to locate an article via DOI:

1 – Go to the DOI website:

2 – Type or paste a DOI name at the bottom of the page, which reads as follows:

Resolve a DOI Name

Type or paste a DOI name (eg, 10.1000/182) Into the text box below.

(click here:

Click 'submit' and the article searched will appear.

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The goal that drives RLCS to take this step is to improve as a journal and to become part of more and more new portals, databases, universities, and websites in many countries, just like our indexing page shows.

[We want to show our appreciation for the cooperation of several people during this process: José Ignacio Aguaded, editor of Comunicar; Elea Gómez Toledo, from CINDOC-CISC; Carmen Fonseca, consultant from Comunicar and RLCS, and project manager of the journal’s entry into the DOI system, Alejandro Ruiz Trujillo, IT technician from Comunicar, Susan Collins and Doris Hart, from Crossref, and Alejandro Álvarez Nobell, our colleague in charge of transmissions.]

[Sources: Revista Comunicar (Huelva); CINDOC, Wikipedia, DOI, and Crossref]

CrossRef (DOI): Membership Application & Data Form (2009)

CrossRef (DOI): PILA Membership Agreement

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