The Crossref Curriculum

Changing or deleting DOIs

Because DOIs are designed to be persistent, a DOI string can’t be changed once registered, and DOIs can’t be fully deleted. However, since mistakes happen, here are some work-around solutions to common problems.

Your deposited DOI does not match the DOI you published

If you’ve registered the wrong DOI for an item, it’s not possible to change the suffix of a DOI after it has been deposited. Instead, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Deposit the correct DOI
  2. Alias the incorrect DOI to the correct DOI (or ask support to do this for you)

The incorrect DOI will then be redirected to the newly-registered DOI.

If you need to update a title-level book or journal DOI please contact Support as we will need to make adjustments to allow the update submission to pass.

You deposited a DOI by mistake

It’s not possible to fully delete a DOI, but in some circumstances we can direct a DOI to a deleted DOI page. The metadata for the DOI is updated to disconnect the DOI from any identifying metadata. This process should only be applied to DOIs that have not been distributed or otherwise used for linking. DOIs for items that have been retracted or otherwise withdrawn should be directed to a retraction or withdrawal notice on the publisher’s website.

If you think your DOI needs to be deleted, please contact Support with details.

Page owner: Laura J. Wilkinson   |   Last updated 2020-April-08