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UC San Diego Journal Editor Resources: Metadata


Metadata Registries

Journal Metadata Checklist


  • If there is a print equivalent, be certain that the title on the website is the same.
  • When choosing a title, avoid clever punctuation and special characters which may interfere with title accessibility.
  • If the title changes, create a separate webpage for the new title with a link to the prior title. Make links on both pages reciprocal. Do not change the title on the issues previously published under the prior title--retaining the former title is essential for researchers with citation information.


  • Provide complete bibliographic information for cataloging and indexers on the home page: title, place of publication, publisher, ISSN, publication or copyright date.
  • Apply for an ISSN from the ISSN center. E-journals with print equivalents require a different ISSN assignment. Changes of title require a new ISSN assignment.
  • Provide an "About" file with additional information such as frequency of publication, sponsoring or responsible bodies, scope and purpose of the journal, whether or not it is peer-reviewed


  • Choose a clear and simple numbering scheme.
  • Provide both browse and search capabilities for issue content.
  • Provide metadata for the journal in the html source code.
  • Provide stable, concise and comprehensible urls.
  • Provide easy navigation to an archive of back issues.


  • Participate in the LOCKSS program, a distributed model for preserving electronic content.
  • Submit open access titles to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Dreived from: Best Practices for Ejournals: Publication and Website Design Guidelines (link broken)
By Ann Ercelawn, Serials Cataloger, Vanderbilt University

Metadata Bits

Metadata Slides from Workshop