Making the most of your XML metadata

Metadata is the key to virtually everything in the research and publishing ecosystem, including discoverability, abstracting and indexing, citations and citation metrics, and bidirectional reference linking. And all of these functions are only as good as the XML metadata that drives them!

The question is not whether XML metadata is attached to your content—it is!—but how accurate and complete that metadata is. Insourcing metadata quality control is an invaluable benefit of an XML-based workflow: by building in complete and accurate metadata from the very beginning, you can be confident in the consistency of your metadata across formats and editions.

Complete and accurate XML metadata positions your content to appear in relevant library, database, and web searches, makes it easy for researchers to identify your content as useful and relevant to them, and ensures that author names, article titles, and other metadata elements display correctly across formats and platforms.

eXtyles makes it easy to collect, update, and validate your metadata from the very beginning of the publishing process.

Better linking through XML

What’s a document without links? Everything you publish exists in relationship with other documents: sources and references, other works by the same authors, related articles from the same journal, works that cite this one, data and supplemental files.

Making the links between your content and the rest of the ecosystem is an essential part of publishing. An XML-based workflow can make this quicker and easier to do: when all formats and editions are generated from the same XML source file, you can be more confident in the underlying links. As well as classifying and encoding external URL, PMID, ORCID, and DOI links, your XML source files can encode durable internal links—including cross-references, glossary terms, notes, citations, and index terms.

eXtyles can help you build in both external and internal linking with one-click automation!