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DataCite REST API Guide

REST API versions

The current version of the REST API is version 2. If you are using the endpoints /works, /members, or /data-centers, you are using version 1.

Purpose of the DataCite REST API

The DataCite REST API allows any user to retrieve, query and browse DataCite DOI metadata records. In addition, DataCite Clients can register DOIs and DataCite Providers can manage Clients and prefixes via the API.

The API is generally RESTful and returns results in JSON, as the API follows the JSONAPI specification. The retrieve, query and browse functions do not require authentication, but the DataCite Provider and Client functions do require authentication with your DataCite Provider or Client ID.

Other alternatives to retrieve, query and browse DataCite DOI metadata records include the DataCite OAI-PMH service and the DataCite Search service. OAI-PMH is used primarily for bulk harvesting of metadata, and DataCite Search – which uses the DataCite REST API under the hood – provides a web interface to retrieve, query and browse DataCite metadata records.

Other alternatives to register DOIs are the MDS API and the EZ API. Neither of these are JSON APIs.

This guide will walk you through the basic operations of the DataCite REST API:

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