PE is raising funds to supply PE articles with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). This will permit improved accessibility to PE articles without imposing charges on authors or readers.
In order for PE to adopt the DOI system, we require additional funding to manage and curate these DOIs, beyond that currently afforded by our sponsoring societies. The DOI system will provide each PE article with a form of persistent identification. It will also be associated with the article metadata, providing users with relevant pieces of information about the article and its relationships. The DOI for an article remains fixed over the lifetime of the document, whereas its location and other metadata may change. Referring to an online document by its DOI provides a more stable link than simply using its URL, because if the URL changes, we only need to update the metadata for the DOI to link to the new URL.
To adopt and pay for this system, PE is establishing a Patron Program. We are introducing a tiered system, with Gold Patrons committing to donating $100 a year to Coquina Press, PE's publisher, for five years, upon which their patronage can be renewed for a further five years. Silver Patrons commit to donating $50 a year, and Bronze Patrons commit to $20 a year, each for five years. One-time contributions are also gratefully received.
To pay for five years at once, please choose 5 for quantity. If you prefer to pay in installments, reminders will be emailed each year for your five year commitment.
Because Coquina Press is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit organization, this donation may be tax deductible, depending on the country in which a tax return is filed. In return for support, Patron names will be listed in a prominent position on PE's website below the banners for our existing sponsoring societies. Patrons will also be eligible to receive a copy of our annual report upon request.