Indexing: Making your publications discoverable

Abstracting and indexing services play a critical role in the scholarly publishing ecosystem, closing the circle between author and reader by making content discoverable. Your publications need to be visible where researchers are looking for them, they need to appear in relevant searches (and not in unrelated searches), and researchers need immediate access to the metadata that will help them determine what’s useful to them. Indexing is what makes all of this possible!

Abstracting and indexing, in turn, rely on XML—and a complete and accurate index record requires complete and accurate XML. A key example is contributor names: accurately tagging each element of a contributor in JATS XML (including surnames, given names, alternative names, alternative scripts or spellings, contribution types, ORCID iDs, and CRediT roles) ensures that these elements are correctly indexed and display correctly wherever they appear.

Archiving: Preserving your publications for the future

Preserving and future-proofing your content is one of the most compelling reasons to adopt an XML workflow.

XML is the standard format for long-term archiving of content. Unlike application files or PDFs, XML files can be:

  • Opened, read, and edited in any text editor, on any operating system (i.e., they require no proprietary software)
  • Fully indexed, searched, and linked
  • Easily interpreted by both human and machine readers
  • Deposited into NCBI archives PubMed Central (PMC) and Bookshelf
  • Deposited into digital libraries such as JSTOR

But not just any XML will do! To make the most of the archiving opportunities an XML workflow offers, you need richly tagged, high-quality XML, validated to a DTD that makes sense for your content, your audience, and your workflow.

Our team ensures that the XML generated from eXtyles meets your unique publishing and archiving requirements.