Part of the Metadata 2020 mission is to provide the broader scholarly communications community with useful resources and guidance. Our project teams and sub-groups are in the process of building a number of new resources, reports, and publications; all of which will be available here once they are complete. Please check back in regularly to see what’s new!

Our work falls into two types of outputs, Guidance and Understanding.


Outputs that represent our thinking about metadata and how we feel that it should be characterized, managed, thought about, and valued.

Metadata Principles

from Project 5 Shared Best Practice and Principles
STATUS: Call for comment

Compatible ⁍ Complete ⁍ Credible ⁍ Curated
What does it mean to have “richer metadata”? How does context affect this equation?

These aspirational Metadata 2020 Principles were designed to encompass the needs of our entire community while ensuring thoughtful, purposeful, and reusable metadata resources. They advocate for all of us to be good metadata citizens. They provide a foundation for considering related work from Metadata 2020 and must be interpreted within the legal and practical context in which the communities operate. These Principles are intended to guide the broadest possible cross-section of our community in improving research communications, publishing and discoverability. If they don’t speak your role in scholarly communications, we want to hear from you.


Outputs that provide insights into how we have classified and made sense of what currently exists and the comparison of these works to each other.

Metadata Best Practices

from Project 5 Shared Best Practice and Principles
STATUS: Call for comment

What are the key metadata practices that are in use today?

This output consists of links to existing metadata guidelines and best practices in order to shed light on what currently exists and whether they are applicable to the scholarly communications lifecycle. Best practices, in general, reflect agreed upon standards that help an industry or field to do its job better. The scholarly communications lifecycle works better when best practices are known and used by the community at all points of the cycle. The list is not meant to be comprehensive. If you think a resource is missing from this list, please let us know!

Metadata Attitudes and Understandings

from Project 1 Researcher Communications
STATUS: Please take our survey

What do researchers and others think about metadata? What might help them find more value?

We have launched a survey to gather feedback about metadata knowledge, attitudes, and usage in scholarly communications. It is designed to gather input from all those who create, care for, curate and consume metadata. We want to hear from librarians, publishers and repositories, as well as researchers themselves. We enthusiastically invite you to participate in this voluntary survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. It is open to anyone 18 years old or over (no compensation for participants), and will be open though June 21! We will summarize our findings and share them with the community later this year.