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JATS - The Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published the Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite as a NISO standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012). JATS (also known as the NLM DTDs although they are available in DTD, XSD, and RNG forms) provides a common XML format for preserving the intellectual content of journal articles, independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered. The Tag Suite consists of Tag Sets for Archiving, Publishing, and Authoring journal article content. These Tag Sets have been widely adopted by archives, libraries, and publishers, and are supported by many data conversion vendors and XML tools.

JATS’ publication as a NISO standard continues almost a decade-long endeavor. Since 2003, Mulberry has worked with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a center of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), to create and maintain the NLM Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite, the predecessor to JATS. In support of the NLM Tag Suite group, we at Mulberry have written and maintained the Tag Suite code including the DTDs, XSDs, and RNGs, and much of the Tag Suite documentation, in particular, all of the Tag Set Tag Libraries, which will continue to be hosted by NCBI. NISO JATS 1.0 is a fully backward-compatible revision of NLM version 3.0.

Mulberry provides consulting and support services to users of the Tag Sets, including publishers, archives, and content repackagers. We have:

Mulberry has created a list of questions we are frequently asked about the JATS Tag Suite. See the Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite Questions and Answers.

JATS-related Articles and Presentations

Key JATS-related Resources