Article Metadata


Metadata means “data about the data” — in this case, information about the article that is not part of the body text or graphics of the article, for example, any unique identifiers, the authorship information, copyrights, publication date, abstract, etc. that serves to identify or describe the article.


Some journal DTDs identify three types of metadata: that concerning the specific article, that concerning the journal, and that concerning the issue of the journal that contains the article. In this DTD, the metadata for the issue and the article have been placed together inside the Article Metadata, and the journal metadata into the Journal Metadata element.

Related Elements

Older, MAJOUR-style journal DTDs split the metadata in a journal article into three categories: journal metadata, article metadata, and issue metadata. In this publishing DTD, the metadata specific to the journal is within the element Journal Metadata <journal-meta>, and the metadata specific both to the article and to the particular issue of the journal (if any) is within the Journal Metadata <journal-meta> element.

Model Description

The following, in order:

Tagged Example

<journal-id journal-id-type="pmc">BMJ</journal-id>
<journal-id journal-id-type="pubmed">BMJ</journal-id>
<journal-id journal-id-type="publisher">BR MED J</journal-id>
<abbrev-journal-title>BR MED J</abbrev-journal-title>
<publisher-name>British Medical Journal</publisher-name>
<article-id pub-id-type="pmid">10092260</article-id>
<title-group><article-title>Systematic review of day hospital care for elderly
<contrib contrib-type="author">
<given-names>Anne Williams</given-names></name>
<role>research physiotherapist</role>
<xref ref-type="aff"><sup><italic>a</italic></sup></xref></contrib>
<contrib contrib-type="author">
<given-names>John G.</given-names></name>
<role>consultant physician</role>
<xref ref-type="aff"><sup><italic>a</italic></sup></xref>
<contrib contrib-type="author">
<given-names>Peter Parker ("Spider")</given-names></name>
<role>senior lecturer</role>
<xref ref-type="aff"><sup><italic>b</italic></sup></xref>
<author-comment><p>on behalf of the Day Hospital Group</p>
<aff><sup><italic>a</italic></sup>Department of Health Care
for the Elderly, St Luke&#x2019;s Hospital, Bradford BD5
0NA, <sup><italic>b</italic></sup>Academic Section
of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF</aff>
<fn fn-type="con">
<p>Contributors: AF planned and initiated the
<fn><p>Correspondence to: Dr Forster
<pub-date pub-type="pub">
<date date-type="accepted">
<copyright-statement>Copyright &#x00A9; 1999, British Medical