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DOI-like strings and fake DOIs

Crossref discourages our members from using DOI-like strings or fake DOIs.

Recently we have seen quite a bit of debate around the use of so-called “fake-DOIs.” We have also been quoted as saying that we discourage the use of “fake DOIs” or “DOI-like strings”. This post outlines some of the cases in which we’ve seen fake DOIs used and why we recommend against doing so.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at