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*NISO Publishes Updated Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) Standard
MD - January 7, 2016 - The National Information Standards Organization
(NISO) announces the formal publication of the updated version of JATS:
Journal Article Tag Suite 1.1, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015. This newly official
edition is a revision of ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012, also known as JATS 1.0,
first published in July 2012. The purpose of JATS is to define a suite of
XML elements and attributes that describes the content of metadata and
journal articles using a common format that enables the exchange of journal
content. This Tag Suite thus is intended to preserve intellectual content
of journals independent of the form in which the content was originally
delivered, and enables an archive to capture structural and semantic
components of existing material. In addition, the JATS standard includes
three implementations of the suite, called Tag Sets, which are intended to
provide models for archiving, publishing, and authoring journal article

"JATS 1.1 continues to build on the success of JATS 1.0, which was itself
the successor to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DTD version 3.0,
widely adopted in industry," comments Jeffrey Beck, NCBI Technical
Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine and Co-chair of
the NISO JATS Standing Committee. "JATS is used to tag thousands of
journals worldwide by a wide array of implementers and publishers. And JATS
continues to grow," says Beck. "The TaxPub extension provides elements for
tagging taxonomic treatments in journal articles. BITS is an NLM effort to
make a JATS-based book model, and NISO STS is a NISO activity to make a
JATS-based standard for Standards based on ISO STS."

"Comments from users made on JATS 1.0 through February 2015 have been
addressed by the NISO JATS Standing Committee and incorporated into JATS
1.1. All changes are also backward compatible with JATS 1.0, which means
that any document that was valid according to JATS 1.0 will be valid
according to JATS 1.1," explains B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry
Technologies, Inc. and co-chair of the NISO JATS Standing Committee. "We
are pleased that this formalization, performed via the ANSI/NISO consensus
standardization process, enables adopters of JATS to trust that the
enhancements added to JATS 1.1 are fully stable and will function as

Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs, comments that, "JATS
1.0 was approved by ANSI and published by NISO in 2012. Since then, updates
to the standard are managed through an ANSI-approved Continuous Maintenance
procedure, which means that comments are reviewed and approved by a NISO
JATS Standing Committee on a regular basis before the full updated standard
is formalized." Lagace continues, "The Standing Committee evaluated
feasibility and priority of all comments and created responses, which are
now available via the NISO JATS web pages, so that any user can view the
full history of these changes."

The NISO JATS 1.1 standard is available as both an online XML document and
a freely available PDF from the NISO website at Supporting documentation and
schemas in DTD, RELAX NG, and W3C Schema formats are available at

*About NISO*
NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance
of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages 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
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