NISO Announces New Project to Integrate Publisher and Repository Workflows

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that its Voting Members have approved work on a new project, Integrating Publisher and Repository Workflows to Improve Research Data-Article Links. 

With widespread support for open data from many government entities, publishers, funders, and other stakeholders, research data is increasingly being deposited, published, and cited. However, there are still a number of barriers — technical as well as cultural. This new project aims to address some of the technical issues by making linking between data and other research objects with their associated literature both easier and more consistent. The new NISO Working Group on Integrating Publisher and Repository Workflows to Improve Research Data-Article Links will develop a Recommended Practice for how publisher and repository systems should interoperate, so that link creation happens automatically.

Building on industry efforts such as the RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix),  JATS4R Recommendations on Data Citations and Data Availability Statements, this project aims to define the information required at each end of the bidirectional link between datasets and other research works, including what notifications are needed. The goal is to create a Recommended Practice that platform providers of all sizes can aspire to meet.

The Working Group’s remit will include defining the required metadata, building a terminology of events and of citation/link types for data/article relationships, and agreeing what information needs to be exchanged and in which direction.  

“We are delighted that our Voting Members have approved this new project,” said Nettie Lagace, NISO’s Associate Executive Director. “It was one of the top ideas to emerge from this year’s NISO Plus conference, and it’s exciting that our community’s enthusiasm for improving publisher and repository workflows is now becoming a reality.”

For more information about the Working Group on Integrating Publisher and Repository Workflows to Improve Research Data-Article Links, or to volunteer to participate in it, please contact

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Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO’s mission is to build knowledge, foster discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional communities. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages with libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website ( or contact us at


Nettie Lagace

Associate Executive Director
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Executive Director at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO's topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and ...