Metadata first takes shape with author manuscripts.
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).
In addition to basic and expected (not to mention required) metadata, the manuscript submission stage is when all kinds of key information enters the picture, including:
We encourage the fullest metadata possible and recognize that manuscript submission systems are among those that make this possible!
Submission systems of course work with publishers, just as we do. In addition to authors and publishers, submission systems are used by hosting platforms and other publisher services organizations, like compositors.
No matter where manuscripts end up, they - and their metadata- start with submission systems!
If you represent a submission system and are looking for technical support, please get in touch.