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Comment #00406 - Open Access Metadata and Indicators & JATS 1.1 - z39.96-2012.pdf

Comment 406
Addressed (Unresolved)
ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite (version 1.0) (Revision 0)
Comment Submitted by
Matt Hirst
2014-01-16 09:24:07


Though I know that the NISO recommended practice guidelines for open access metadata and indicators (NISO RP-22-201x; http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/12047/rp-22-201x_OA_indicators__draft_for_comments.pdf) is only in draft state and open for comments, I am writing to request that the committee give strong consideration to incorporating this best practice into the next official version of JATS (1.1).

Not only is it very useful information to be able to provide in the manuscript XML, but I believe it is of vital importance to publishers wishing to cooperate with the OSTP memorandum of Febuary 2013 around increasing access to the results of federally funded scientific research (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp_public_access_memo_2013.pdf) and therefore participate in the CHORUS project. 

As is, the funding- and access-related metadata that will need to be registered with CrossRef/FundRef for participation in CHORUS is accommodated by tags that are accounted for within NLM 3.0 and JATS 1.0 (namely, and ). The missing piece of the puzzle, from an input XML perspective (as opposed to the tags that will need to be used to register metadata with CrossRef), is the ability to provide information around effective dating licensing and access. This final piece is accounted for in the proposed best practice outlined in NISO RP-22-201x. 

Besides providing transparency into (and access to) the results of federally funded research, much of the value of CHORUS for everyone involved is that it utilizes existing systems and proceses within the publishing community to achieving this end, rather than relying on building some entirely new solution at taxpayer expense. At a high level, the existing process in the world of scholarly publishing -- save for those organizations large enough to sponsor their own in-house, end-to-end solutions -- typically involves manuscript preparation/submission/authoring systems, content conversion vendors and/or third-party platform hosts. That last group (of which I am a part) is the one typically charged with depositing metadata to CrossRef on behalf of the publisher and is therefore reliant on working closely with publishers and their other solutions providers.

Shared standards like JATS provide a common framework for us all to work from, in this case working to meet our publishers' needs of participating in CHORUS, which is why I believe it is important that you consider adoption of the best practices for open access metadata and indicators outlined in NISO RP-22-201x into JATS 1.1. Not adopting this into JATS 1.1 will in many cases require manual workarounds for intermediaries working with publishers who wish to participate in CHORUS (for example, we would have to consider developing a tool whereby publishers could add licensing and access information to a piece of content, such that we could in turn include this information in the metadata deposited with CrossRef), thus representing a real hurdle for participation, especially for smaller publishers dependent on non-proprietary solutions.

I appreciate your consideration in this matter, and ask that you feel free to contact me directly with any questions or points of clarification. 



Submitter Proposed Solution
Ms. B. Tommie Usdin
2014-03-03 15:25:42

Thank you for your comment. The JATS Standing Committe has addressed your request. The Standing Committee's recommendations are available http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=12339. The Standing Committee deferred action on this comment.

Ms. B. Tommie Usdin
2015-07-09 13:20:41

The JATS Standing Committee has added structures to support ALI in committee draft 1.1d3