Author supplied keywords

Some journals require that authors provide keywords for their papers. This is the case, for example, with Information Processing & Management and with Journal of Documentation. The last journal introduced about 2005 a system of controlled vocabulary for author assigned keywords.


Some databases index author supplied keywords in specific fields. This is the case with Ovid databases: "The Author Keywords (kW)  field contains author assigned terms that describe the document. This field exists only for documents where the author has assigned keywords." (Ovid Technologies Field Guide, 2005.)




Garfield, E. & Sher, I. H. (1993). KeyWords Plus - algorithmic derivative indexing. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 44(5), 298-299.


Ovid Technologies Field Guide. [2005].



Birger Hjørland

Last edited: 01-08-2006