DOI with transcript

The increasing digitisation of scholarly publication demands new tools for interacting with your published works. As a member of the Publishers International Linking Association (PILA), we support the CrossRef initiative for effective and enduring distribution of academic publications. For this, we assign every book and chapter, every journal and every article a unique identification number – the so-called Digital Object Identifier (DOI) – and register them with the DOI agency CrossRef. The DOI forms the web address of the registered content. In contrast to a URL, a DOI is permanently valid and remains unchanged even if the storage location is changed. With the DOI, your content will be able to be located and cited in perpetuity.

Visibility and Networking of Academic Content on the Internet

The aim of the CrossRef initiative is the networking and promotion of academic research. Through the permanent validity of the link, which ensures that our published content remains able to be located in the finest detail, readers can gain access to your work with just a single click, anywhere in the world. This has made the DOI an effective and popular tool for researching scholarly content across the globe, with increasing influence – in 2015 alone, transcript books were accessed more than 150,000 times through DOI requests.

Through the use of the DOI with every mention of your text, you actively contribute to the use and distribution of your publication, and promote the visibility of every individual chapter. The cross-linking – linking of cited literature through the provision of DOIs – makes access to academic works easier and thus supports the development of academic discourse. Through our professional management of the metadata of your publication we ensure the sound citability of the texts on the internet, and in doing so, also protect your intellectual property rights. The DOI is part of contemporary referencing. For this reason, we recommend that all our authors expand their usual references as outlined in the following example: Example
Hasse, Raimund und Krücken, Georg. “Neo-Institutionalismus”. 2nd, fully revised edition.
Bielefeld: transcript Verlag (2005), doi:

The Components of the DOI

The DOI for the entire book is a combination of our publisher’s number (10.14361) and the ISBN. For the reference to a particular chapter, the chapter number, “toc” for the table of contents, “fm” for the front matter, or “intro” for the introduction is added to the end. The DOIs of our journals are made up of the journal identification code, the four-digit year of publication and the two-digit number of the edition. (Example: In order to open the object cited in a web browser, the address of the web server must be placed before the DOI ("").

You can also find all chapters or articles in anthologies published by transcript by entering the chapter title or the author’s name on the site: (Since the registration sometimes takes a few weeks to be processed, immediately after publication there can sometimes be error messages.)
CrossRef also offers the possibility of checking entire reference lists (Word files) for available DOIs, and automatically adds these to the documents. The expanded reference list can then be re-inserted into your manuscript (see

Further information on the DOI agency CrossRef and the CrossRef initiative can be found at:

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