Fully Utilizing XML Technology
Your XML is your content. XML is important to the publishing workflow because it separates document content from format choice. It contains not only text but also the machine-readable semantic tagging and industry-standard persistent identifiers for people, institutions, and online resources that make it easier for researchers to discover the articles they need quickly and accurately. A single XML file can be transformed into a variety of formats—HTML for online presentation, PDF, ePub, and more.
Yet the process of XML conversion, formatting, and composition typically costs publishers hundreds of dollars per manuscript and may result in frustrating delays or confusion as Authors, Reviewers, Editors and production staff manage multiple systems and versions of documents. Composition operators with no domain knowledge may inadvertently introduce errors as they interpret the corrections and edits that content experts (Authors and Editors) mark up on PDFs. LiXuid Manuscript moves the creation and use of XML earlier in the workflow, which allows Authors and Editors to work directly with the content without having to know anything about XML. With LiXuid Manuscript, barriers to implementing an XML workflow are removed, and both production costs and times are reduced.
Future of LiXuid Manuscript™: Development Roadmap
LiXuid Manuscript’s long-term, multi-year roadmap will enable XML-first workflows for publishers. Future development will include:
- Upstream XML conversion that will shorten time to publication, decrease off-shore vendor work, and reduce handoff errors
- Auto-pagination—the automatic generation of publication-quality PDFs directly from XML
- Reviewer commenting and Author revisions on the document itself using an online suite of tools
- Ability to integrate taxonomies and fully composed preprints on-the-fly using the full text XML document