Example DOI prefix? Best practice for documentation on DOIs

Hi everyone,

is there anything such as a example DOI prefix to be used when writing documentation about DOIs? For internet domain names, we have dedicated domains like example.org and for IP addresses we have dedicated address blocks like that are reserved for the use in documentation and thus are guaranteed not to interfere with any existing address. Is there anything similar in the DOI name space?

Or more generally asked: when writing documentation about DOIs, one often needs to include examples. What is the best practice, which DOIs to use in examples?

Good questions Rolf thank you! Am tagging a few people who might be able to help and will also tweet this :slight_smile:
@pfeeney @lizkrz @Helena @Jonathan_DOI

Hi @rkrahl,

There is no designated text prefix for the entire DOI system, though individual registration agencies offer test prefixes. DataCite previously offered a single test prefix 10.5072, however it was slightly different from example.org and in that users could actually create test DOIs under that
prefix. This was problematic for a number of reasons, including the fact that some repository software had the default prefix set to 10.5072 and resulted in
a lot of DOIs mistakenly created under that prefix instead of
a real prefix. We retired 10.5072 in 2019 and launched an entire test instance of DataCite Fabrica, which is independent of the production system and allows users to get their own text prefixes.

In the DataCite context, for testing purposes, the test system should be used (see our Testing guide). For example purposes (when you need to show a DOI, but don’t necessarily need to create DOIs), you have some choices:

A big caveat with the DataCite test system is that DOIs created there are not registered in the global handle system, so they are not resolvable at https://doi.org/XXXXX/XXXX . The DataCite test system uses a test handle system at https://handle.stage.datacite.org , so test system “DOIs” look something like DataCite Schema .

This info is DataCite-specific; others like @pfeeney and @Jonathan_DOI may have additional input.

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