May 22, 2022

Journal Article: “A Literature Review of Scholarly Communications Metadata”

The following article was published today by Research Ideas and Outcomes.


A Literature Review of Scholarly Communications Metadata


Will James Gregg
Simmons University

Christopher Erdmann
California Digital Library

Laura A D Paglione
Spherical Cow Group

Juliane Schneider
Harvard Catalyst | Clinical and Translational Science Center

Clare Dean
Public Library of Science


Research Ideas and Outcomes 5: e38698
DOI: 10.3897/rio.5.e38698


The purpose of this literature review is to identify the challenges, opportunities, and gaps in knowledge with regard to the use of metadata in scholarly communications. This paper compiles and interprets literature in sections based on the professional groups, or stakeholders, within scholarly communications metadata: researchers, funders, publishers, librarians, service providers, and data curators. It then ends with a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the metadata supply chain which presents the network of relationships and interdependencies between stakeholders. This paper seeks to lay the groundwork for new approaches to present problems in scholarly communications metadata.

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