It is possible to transfer a prefix from one DOI registration agency to another. For example, a prefix can be transferred from Crossref to DataCite, or from DataCite to Crossref.
Below is some information about how to transfer a prefix from one Registration Agency to another:
To trigger a transfer, send a request to the Registration Agency to where the prefix is to be transferred. So to transfer a prefix from DataCite to Crossref, contact Crossref directly with the request and they will coordinate the transfer.
All the existing DOIs will need to be re-registered with the new Registration Agency. If there are 100 DOIs registered with DataCite, then they will need to be re-registered in Crossref with Crossref metadata.
If the prefix is shared or belongs to a generalist repository then it cannot be transferred to a different Registration Agency.
For more information contact [email protected].
Updated 14 days ago