This diverse, global group includes–but is not limited to–hosting platforms, submission systems, libraries, publishing services companies, metrics and analytics companies, and many others.
Affiliates extend and disseminate publisher metadata in a variety of sources and services; publishers in turn benefit from this work through enhanced content discoverability.
There are a number of ways for affiliates to work with metadata, including service providers such as hosting platforms who may deposit metadata into the system on behalf of publishers.
Some factors in choosing which may be the best service(s) are:
Our Metadata Delivery page provides guidance on choosing the best service for you.
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Metadata first takes shape with author manuscripts. Discoverability starts here Manuscript submission systems, and the authors that use them, start metadata on its long lifecycle. Publishers’ instructions to authors and author-created metadata, such as keywords are first captured by manuscript submission systems. Along with other publishing service organizations such as typesetters, submission systems are a kind of service provider, and are the first step in getting content registered, often by yet another kind of service provider, hosting platforms).
Giving visibility to metadata Hosting platforms are part of a group of affiliates known as ‘service providers.’ Though few in number, the organizations that host publisher content facilitate Crossref metadata in two key ways: Platforms deposit metadata–they register content– on behalf of publishers they host. This means that they are responsible for thousands [TK maybe a percentage??] of registered DOIs. Platforms show the world publisher metadata, and in context, to support authors, readers and search engines.