Standardized Markup for Journal Articles: Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS)
Just Published: JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, version 1.0 (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012)
Supporting documentation and schemas in DTD, RELAX NG, and W3C Schema formats
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About This Standard
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) originally created the Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite with the intent of providing a common format in which publishers and archives could exchange journal content.
The Tag Suite was developed in response to a Document Type Definition (DTD) used by the NCBI/NLM PubMed Central project to archive life science journals from a variety of sources. Input and support from Harvard University Libraries, as well as support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and collaboration with Inera, Inc. and Mulberry Technologies, Inc., allowed the scope of the project to be broadened and resulted in the NLM Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite.
Changes to the Tag Suite have always been user-driven. User-suggested changes are collected and discussed by the Working Group who decide on action. The intent is to put this standard under continuous maintenance, and allow the standard to continue to change based on user comment.
This standard (now named NISO JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite 1.0) is a revision of the NLM Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite version 3.0. An NLM version named "NLM 3.1" was never published; the intermediate Tag Sets for the NISO Trial Use standard were numbered "NISO JATS 0.4". This NISO JATS 1.0 standard is the intellectual successor to NLM 3.0. In addition to the element and attribute descriptions, three journal article tag sets (the Archiving and Interchange Tag Set, the Journal Publishing Tag Set, and the Article Authoring Tag Set) have been provided as part of NISO JATS 1.0.