An Introduction to Standards & Technology

Standards and Technology are topics of crucial importance to STM publishers, especially in an online environment. STM serves its members by keeping close watch on international developments of new technology trends and emerging standards that support and improve the STM business landscape.

In the STM Future Lab Committee, the technology and product development directors of the most advanced STM member companies regularly meet and identify topics that deserve closer attention by STM publishers. Members are kept abreast of everything that is hot, new and relevant. New trends such as the social web, semantic search or video applications and mobile services will find their way to STM events, to the annual Innovations Seminar (December, after London Online), into the newsletter and into white papers.

In the area of standards, STM participates in several international forums to ensure that STM interests are duly represented. Standards of relevance for STM publishers include everything happening around identifiers on the web such as ISTC, ISNI, ACAP, and linking standards such as DOI, but also messaging standards for EDI-services like ONIX as well as the connected suite of rights expressions. For contact and more information: Eefke Smit, STM Director, Standards and Technology, email:

What do I get from STM? What we do

Standards & Technology

Actively following and assessing developments and innovations for scholarly publishers – from trends in data sharing to mobile applications and from preservation issues to digital identifiers.

An annual Innovations Seminar presents members the new stuff to watch and draws an ever growing enthusiastic audience

Members benefit from the exchange of best practice, early alerts on emerging standards and recommended codes of conduct

The program is driving the development of standards for the scholarly publishing community and beyond

STM works with a wider group of stakeholders to ensure the publisher perspective is included in ongoing standards developments, like IDF, EDItEUR, APA, CrossRef, Codata, ICSTI, DataCite, NISO and NFAIS.

A Future Lab Committee where 20 members exchange their views on innovation developments during webinars and web-meetings

Annual Technology Watch: An annual overview of the main Technology Trends that are likely to impact scholarly publishing, see

Participation in EU funded projects on the Digital Agenda towards a knowledge based economy (preservation, research data, identifiers)

Early sharing of market research results, for example in projects:

  • PARSE.Insight - preservation practices
  • ODE - Opportunities for Data Exchange on research data

Representation in various standards bodies, to ensure the perspective of STM publishers is included in new developments, eg.,

  • International DOI Foundation (IDF) – Digital Object Identifiers
  • Alliance for Permanent Access (APA) - Preservation
  • EDItEUR – Onix and other standards
  • DataCite - research data
  • National Information Standards Organization (NISO) - supplemental materials and other standards