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 What is a DOI and how does it help my research?


A DOI (digital object identifier) is a unique and persistent link to specific electronically published content. DOIs make a paper significantly easier to find and cite.

SSRN is a registered member of Crossref services and provides DOIs to SSRN authors at no charge.

In order for an SSRN submission to receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), it must meet the following requirements: 

  • be a working paper/preprint
  • have the full-text PDF uploaded with the submission 
  • be in Approved status and included under your Scholarly Papers on your Author Page

Generally, eligible submissions are assigned a DOI within about a week; however, turnaround may be longer due to processing delays. Once DOI registration is complete, the DOI will display in the Suggested Citation on your paper's abstract page.


If I upload a reference to the published version of the paper in the reference section of the submission form with the DOI for the published version, won't my paper have two DOIs?

The DOI for the SSRN preprint version is a reference to the preprint version of your paper. The DOI in the reference section of your public abstract page is a reference to the PUBLISHED version of the paper.


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