Open Journal Systems

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Indexing and Metadata

This journal system has the Authors participate in the indexing of submissions to the journal. The system itself also generates some of the indexing or metadata elements (such as journal title, date, URL, etc.). Metadata, or data about data, amounts to a series of terms that describe the document or data at issue, thus the comparable use of indexing terms which do the same thing. The journal uses a metadata protocol for indexing submissions that has been developed and is maintained by the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) which draws, in turn, on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol is the emerging standard for research, enabling OAI compliant search engines to create research indexes based on the resources from around the world. However, the journal's contents are also available through Google and other standard, web-wide search engines.

Metadata elements. The Dublin Core consists of 15 metadata elements that are used to identify and describe documents. The elements include traditional indexing terms for identifying documents, such as Author, Title, Description (Abstract), Subject, allowing for more detailed or granular indexing by also including elements such as Type, Coverage, and Sponsor. The Journal Manager and Editor of the journal have selected which metadata elements are appropriate for this journal and have provided examples of each — based on the journal's scope and focus — to guide Authors.

When entering the abstract, limited HTML can be used to achieve more complex formatting.

Advantages of indexing. Authors are encouraged to complete the indexing of their submission in Step 2 of the Submission process, and will have the opportunity to review and revise the metadata as part of the editorial process. The metadata will also be reviewed as part of the Copyediting step. The metadata for this journal will be "harvested" by a number of research-dedicated search engines that create, in effect, a research index or guide. Work that is well indexed will be that much more easily found by those who need it and are more likely to cite it. While there are limits to the number of terms by which a work is indexed, Authors are encouraged to think about how their work is positioned and found by virtue of this detailed indexing.