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Continuous Maintenance Procedures ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2019: JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite

ANSI Continuous Maintenance

Updates approved by the NISO Information Creation & Curation Topic Committee, March 8, 2019

In accordance with the ANSI Essential Requirements, the ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2019: JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite standard is maintained under continuous maintenance procedures.

Proposed Changes

Under continuous maintenance procedures anyone may propose changes at any time. Each change will be considered by the Z39.96 JATS Standing Committee according to a definite schedule, shown in Section 2. The Standing Committee and NISO leadership committees may also propose changes.

The Standing Committee shall follow the procedures in this section in lieu of periodic maintenance and stabilized maintenance procedures. All changes to the Z39.96 standard shall be submitted in compliance with this section.

Section 1. Instructions for Submittal of Proposed Change to ANSI/NISO Standard Z39.96 Under Continuous Maintenance

Comments or proposals for revisions to any part of the standard may be submitted in writing (including electronically) to NISO at any time. Submissions must be accompanied by the submitter’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address.

Written comments are to be submitted via the NISO web site, to a form linked from the JATS “Workroom” page at

If it is not possible for the submitter to access the web form, alternatively, comments may be sent to:

National Information Standards Organization (NISO) - ANSI/NISO Z39.96
Attn: Standards Program Manager
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21211
Tel.: 301-654-2512 (main) 
Fax: 410-685-5278

In addition, the following person(s) may be contacted by those interested in submitting changes:

Jeff Beck

Co-chair, ANSI/NISO Z39.96 Standing Committee

National Library of Medicine


B. Tommie Usdin
Co-chair, ANSI/NISO Z39.96 Standing Committee
Mulberry Technologies

Section 2. Maintenance Review Schedule

All submittals received by NISO or the Standing Committee chairs are acknowledged and forwarded to the JATS Standing Committee for consideration. 

The Standing Committee will schedule meetings via teleconference or in person when a substantive number of comments for review have been received, but in any case no less frequently than twice a year if there are unaddressed comments, with meetings to be held more frequently at the discretion of the co-chairs.

The Standing Committee will inform submitters of the disposition of their proposals within one month following each meeting.

Section 3. Resolution of Proposed Changes

The JATS Standing Committee may respond to submissions in the following ways:

a. Proposed change accepted without modification
b. Proposed change accepted with modification
c. Proposed change accepted for further study
d. Proposed change rejected

Responses are voted upon by the Standing Committee and approved by committee majority.

Accepted changes (response a or b) shall be recorded in a change log which will be posted to the JATS “Workroom” page at and circulated to JATS-List (  

The Standing Committee shall provide reasons for their responses and an estimated schedule for any action. Proposed changes accepted for further study will be again brought to the Standing Committee for resolution no later than the next quarterly review period.

All submitted changes and Standing Committee responses will be recorded and made available at In addition, NISO staff will send notifications to JATS-list ( when any maintenance activity occurs to the standard.

Interested parties can subscribe to JATS-List by filling out the form at

When a sufficient number of accepted changes have been accumulated, but no later than four years after the previous approval date, the JATS Standing Committee will prepare a revision of the standard and the revision will be processed according to the NISO Operating Procedures provisions for balloting and approving a revised standard.

Section 4. Publication of a New Edition or Reaffirmation

A new edition of a standard under continuous maintenance shall occur within five years of the prior publication date. An existing standard that has not been revised for four (4) years of the original publication date shall be reviewed at the beginning of the fourth year. If it is determined that the standard is needed but that no modification is required, action to reaffirm the standard shall be initiated.