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Documents and reports

This page provides some additional guidance on completing in the metadata form for your documents and reports. Detailed information on the specific requirements for each metadata field are available from the ‘i‘ icons within the metadata form. Fields marked with an * are mandatory fields and must be entered otherwise the form cannot be submitted. Other fields are optional and should be completed where appropriate.

We ask that the information provided here is as accurate as possible as this information will form part of the metadata record for your file.

Document Metadata FAQs

What is a DOI, ISBN or a URL?

A DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to identify a publication, article or document and link to it on the web. A DOI can help locate a document from any citation.

An ISBN is the International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were 10 digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they now always consist of 13 digits. An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format.

A URL is an acronym that stands for Uniform Resource Locator and is a reference (an address) to a resource on the Internet. This is often referred to as the web address and generally appears in your web browser.