Public interfaces

Public Interfaces supports a number of standards-based metadata channels which provides for a range of linking opportunities. This page lists some common public interfaces into the platform.

Resource Discovery (Content)

Metadata may be embedded directly within content.


Web pages provide a number of opportunities for disclosing metadata.

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The standard means for embedding metadata in PDF files is via XMP metadata.

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Resource Discovery (Services)

Alternately, metadata may be made available though a dedicated service interface.

OAI-PMH supports the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.

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RSS provides a full inventory of RSS feeds across all of its journals, gateways and NatureNews.

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Linking supports industry-standard methods for linking.


For direct and permanent linking to journal articles, uses the DOI and the CrossRef system for reference linking.

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OpenURL uses OpenURL as a standard 'link to' syntax for linking to journals, issues and articles using bibliographic metadata.

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