The Materials Cloud Archive is a moderated repository. Once you submit your record for publication it will be reviewed by the Materials Cloud moderators.
By registering with your email to the Materials Cloud Archive, moderators can contact you for any comments/explanations prior to publication, and notifications can be sent to you regarding the status of your record throughout the entire submission process.
Moreover, by signing up you will have access to your personal work area where all the records you submitted to the Archive are stored. This will make it easier for you to track the records you submitted, to create new versions of records already published or change their references and keywords.
A published record can be accessed via its DOI link.
Materials Cloud DOIs look like this:
10.24435/materialscloud:jc-rmand can be accessed using the standard DOI resolver:
A DOI is generated as soon as the author creates the draft of the record, but it will resolve only after the record is approved by the moderators and published in the Materials Cloud Archive.
Also, it will not change once it is published in the Materials Cloud Archive, so authors can already add the citation in their paper drafts, even if the record has not been published yet.
In addition, upon publication a record will also receive a Materials Cloud record ID, that looks like this:
where the first part is the year and the second part is a sequential number in order of publication. This plays the role of the volume and article number in a standard publication. You can find a suggestion of how to cite a Materials Cloud record in the corresponding page.
Finally, the record URL looks like this:
However, we recommend to always use the DOI link, when you want to make sure that the URL will continue to resolve also in the future, e.g. in references of scientific publications.
Since May 28th, 2020 the Materials Cloud DOI suffix has changed.
The new DOI suffix meets the DataCite guidelines for being:
For a more readable and easy to remember link you can directly refer to the Materials Cloud Archive record ID. The latter consists of the record publication year followed by a sequential number.
Example of links to a record: