Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The annual Dublin Core conferences bring together leading metadata researchers and professionals from around the world. DC-2018 in Porto will be the eighteenth in a series of conferences previously held in Tokyo (2001), Florence (2002), Seattle (2003), Shanghai (2004), Madrid (2005), Manzanillo, Mexico (2006), Singapore (2007), Berlin (2008), Seoul (2009), Pittsburgh (2010) The Hague, Netherlands (2011), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (2012), Lisbon, Portugal (2013), Austin, Texas (2014), São Paulo, Brazil (2015), Copenhagen, Denmark (2016), Washington, DC, USA (2017) and Porto, Portugal (2018).

The  International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications proceedings cover a full range of topics related to standards and technologies for metadata in the context of organizations and on the open web.  The proceedings provide a venue for researchers and metadata professionals to publish original research and innovative practices shaping development of languages of description.

General categories of interest to the DCMI community include:

  • Accessibility
  • Application Profiles
  • Business Models for Metadata
  • Conceptual Models
  • Cross-domain Processes (e.g., Recordkeeping, Preservation, Institutional Repositories)
  • Digital Rights Management Metadata
  • Domain Metadata (e.g., Commerce, Corporate/Enterprise, Cultural Heritage Institutions (Museums, Libraries, and Archives), Education, Geo-Spatial, Government, Social Spaces)
  • Metadata Generation Processes (e.g., Human, Automatic, and Hybrid)
  • Metadata Harvesting
  • Multilingual Issues
  • Linked Data and Interoperability
  • Knowledge Organization Systems (e.g., Ontologies, Taxonomies, and Thesauri)
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Normalization and Crosswalks
  • Quality and Evaluation
  • Registries and Registry Services
  • Search Engines and Metadata
  • Social Tagging


Section Policies

Full Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Project Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Session

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


DCMI tutorials are educational session conducted by noted experts.

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submissions are accepted in three general categories:

  1. Full Papers. Research and practice papers that advance our knowledge of metadata in operation. Papers should be no more than 10 pages in lengthand should address challenging areas of metadata theory or application. Criteria for evaluation include:
    • Originality of the approach to implementation
    • Generalizability of the methods and results described
    • Quality of the contribution to the implementation community
    • Significance of the results presented
    • Clarity of presentation
  2. Project Reports. Project reports are well written reports of 4 to 5 pages in lengthfrom the field of metadata practice and include useful "best practices" and useful solutions to both intractable and common metadata problems that have the potential to inform community practice. Criteria for evaluation include:
    • The project is a "best practice" solution
    • Conciseness and completeness of technical description
    • Usability of the technical description by other potential implementers
    • Clarity of presentation

    Such reports should include at a minimum a:

    1. short introduction characterizing the problem addressed by the project or implementation;
    2. description of the project including: (a) an example showing how metadata is used or implemented; and (b) a diagram of the application architecture;
    3. brief description of planned next steps;
    4. full set of URLs to the project.
  3. Posters. Posters are for the presentation of projects or research under development or late-breaking results. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of posters will appear in the conference proceedings. Poster submissions of 1-2 pageswill be excepted and must contain:
    • An extended abstract; and
    • Author contact information.
    Posters should be formatted using the same Word Template available for Full Papers and Project Reports. Posters will be published in the proceedings and should not exceed one page in length. Posters generally report on work in progress.
The official language of the Dublin Core conferences is English. You may be assigned papers from authors whose native language is not English. If the English language problems are so severe that you cannot competently evaluate the paper, please inform the editors of this fact in the review section not confidential notes to the editor. It is quite possible that you find the substance of a paper to be quite worthy but the English-language expression lacking. In such a case, again confidentially notify the editors that an English language editor need to be assigned.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.