[jats-list] JATS-List Guidelines

Subject: [jats-list] JATS-List Guidelines
From: "Tommie Usdin btusdin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2018 16:43:59 -0000
JATS-List hosts discussion on the Journal Article Tag Suite itself; JATS
applications, implementations, and customizations; and JATS user questions.
JATS-List is open to everyone: users and developers, experts and novices
alike. There is no restriction to  what may be posted on JATS-List provided it
is directly related to the JATS. We ask  that commercial announcements on
JATS-List be directly related to the JATS, short, and that their subject lines
start with [ANN].

JATS-List is not sponsored, endorsed, or owned by NISO or NLM, and it has no
official standing with any standards agency or other organization responsible
for the maintenance or promulgation of the Journal Article Tag Suite. However,
JATS-List was established with the encouragement of members of the NISO
Standardized Markup for Journal Articles committee and members of the NLM
staff responsible for the JATS, and members of the working group are among the
subscribers to the list.

Only subscribers can post to JATS-List, but since the goal is to increase the
level  of knowledge about the JATS and uses of the JATS, JATS-List is being
archived for everybody to view. The topics discussed on JATS-List change as
new ideas arise or existing problems are dealt with, but the archive contains
all of the ideas and  solutions that have been discussed on the list.

JATS-List is provided by Mulberry Technologies, Inc., as a service to the
Journal Article Tag Suite user community and journal publishers, journal
archives, and journal users.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing

* To subscribe to JATS-List, fill out the form at
* To unsubscribe from the list use the same form at
http://www.mulberrytech.com/lists/subscribe-unsubscribe.html or click
on the bEasyUnsubscribeb link at the bottom of any message you receive
the list.
* To subscribe to the digest, use the form at
http://www.mulberrytech.com/lists/subscribe-unsubscribe.html, fill out the
forms that are presented, respond to the emailed confirmation message, and
after your subscription is successful select bMy Settingsb and click the
box beside bDaily Digestsb.

Posting Guidelines

Only subscribers can post to JATS-List, and only from the exact address they
used when they subscribed.

There is no restriction on what may be posted to JATS-List provided it is
related to JATS. Items concerning XML but without a direct connection to JATS
should be posted to an XML-related list instead of to JATS-List. Items
concerning XSL (XSLT or XSL-FO) are welcome on XSL-List, but are inappropriate
on JATS-List unless specific to use of XSL with JATS documents.

Do not begin your subject line with "help" or "subscribe" since the list
software will bounce the message because it looks like it is an administrative
request. Similarly, expect messages to be delayed if they have subject lines
that contain these or similar words that are often used in administrative
requests ("removeb, "unsubscribe", "delete") . They will be sent to the list
owner/moderator, who will approve them for posting, a process that takes

It is best to start a new message for a new thread. Do not start a new thread
by replying to an unrelated message and just changing the subject line, since
the header of your message will contain references to the previous message and
your new message will appear in the archive as one of the replies to the
original message.

Good subject lines -- those that describe the subject matter of your message
b not only increase the chances that you will receive answers to questions
or responses to comments, but also make your message and any replies to it
accessible in the list archive.

Subscribers to the digest should reply to messages by:

* creating a new email message
* addressing the message to: <jats-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* copying the subject line of the message or thread to which you are
into your subject line
* copying only the text to which you are responding into your message

Both subscribers to the full list and subscribers to the list digest should
their messages to jats-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; the messages will be
received by both subscribers to the list and subscribers to the digest.

Before You Post ... Do Your Homework

* Check that your question isn't already answered in one of the JATS FAQs
mentioned below.
* Check that your question isn't already answered in the JATS-List archive at

In Your Posting ...

Name the tag set and version you are using, for example tell us that you are
using "Archiving 2.3" or "Publishing 3.0". This information is frequently
necessary to diagnose a problem exactly, and always helps respondents give
good advice.

If you are using a customized version of one of the public Tag Sets, describe
the customizations if they are relevant to your question.

If you need to comply with application rules such as the guidelines of a
publisher or archive tell us what guidelines you are using.

If you are replying to a post, trim the quoted message to just the parts to
which you are replying.

In addition to following simple rules of net etiquette and common sense, you
will improve the chances that you will receive prompt and helpful responses

* Asking questions specific enough that answers are possible. Describe what
are trying to do and how you approached it, or what you are trying to
communicate and what options you have already explored.
* Illustrating your question with a demonstration of the problem.
Well-composed questions frequently include a small XML sample, pointers
to Tag Library pages, and a description of your need.

Use Informative Subject Lines

When posting to JATS-List, do not use uninformative subject lines like
"Urgentb, "Question", or "Newbie HELP!!!", which don't say anything about
what your problem is. Instead, use a meaningful subject line that will make
sense to the people whose help you are trying to get. It may even get a
response from people who normally shy away from "beginner" questions.

Informative subject lines make the JATS-List archive more useful since people
with the same problem will more easily find the relevant threads.

Do Not Cross-Post

Cross-posting to JATS-List and to another list, even XML-Dev or the XSL-List,
is generally counter-productive. No list's archive will contain the complete
thread; cross-posts from non-subscribers continuing the thread will bounce;
and JATS-List subscribers who are not also on the other list will only see
part of the thread. Subscribers to both lists may see two copies of the
message, annoying them as well.

Replies Go to the List

The reply address of JATS-List messages (and of digests) is
jats-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx so REPLIES GO TO THE LIST BY DEFAULT. If you
want to reply to just the author of a post, you should change the "To:" field
in your reply.

Use Short Quotes of Previous Messages in Replies

Please do not quote entire messages just to add a few lines at the beginning
or end. Instead, quote the parts to which you are directly replying or quote
enough to establish the context.

Everybody on the list has already received the message that you are quoting,
and anyone searching the archive will find your message and the previous
message listed under the same thread.

Subscribers to the List will just ignore most of the quoted messages and move
to the next post, but subscribers to JATS-List Digest will mostly have to page
past the quoted messages to reach the next material which they are
interested in reading.

Postings Must Be in Plain Text Only

Postings to JATS-List must be in plain text only. JATS-List does not allow
HTML postings because many users cannot display them appropriately, and
because they are unnecessarily large.

Attachments Are Banned

Since Mulberry's mailing lists have in the past been unwittingly used for
spreading viruses in e-mail attachments, all e-mail attachments are banned
from JATS-List.

Tagged articles are XML files, and XML files are text files, so this does not
affect the majority of posts to the list since you can include a file's text
in the body of your message. If you need to refer to a binary file such as a
PDF file, you should put the file on a Web site or FTP site and include the
file's URL in your JATS-List post.

If you do include an attachment in your JATS-List post -- even a HTML
attachment -- your message will bounce. (Note: if your email application
automatically creates such attachments, or creates email with a mime type
of multipart/alternative your posting to JATS-list will bounce. You must
persuade your emailer to send plain text only in order to post to this list.)

No "TEST" Messages

Please DO NOT SEND TEST MESSAGES to see if your messages are getting through
to this list. Simply wait until you have something substantive to say and send
that to see if it goes through or not. By using a real message as your "test"
message, you get the same information you would have gotten with a "test", and
you avoid sending clutter to the list subscribers. (Think about it: annoying
the people you are about to ask for help is not the best strategy.)

Archives of JATS-List

Official List Archive

JATS-List messages are archived at

Your Post Will Be Permanently Archived

Because it is a public resource created by and for the entire JATS user
community, we do not edit JATS-List. Therefore, it is the responsibility of
list subscribers not to post anything to the list that they do not want
publicly available, possibly for a very long time.

Postings in the list archives will be complete, including: all contents,
examples, sample data, code or code fragments, and email header and footer
contents. An automated process will obscure the domain portion of email
addresses (the part after the @ sign) in the headers and footers of postings,
but no guarantee is made that this process will be completely successful.
Other than this, all postings will be archived in public as received.

Further, we at Mulberry could not, even if we wanted to, edit all of the
archives of JATS-List. Several third-parties have created unofficial archives
of other Mulberry lists, often without asking, or even informing, Mulberry,
and we think it likely that they will also archive JATS-List. Postings to
JATS-List will be included in an unknown and ever-changing variety of web
publications. If you don't want your questions/comments/answers in public
view, don't post them to JATS-List.

Third-party Archives of JATS-List

Third parties are welcome to create searchable or reference archives of
JATS-List provided they adhere to the following guidelines:

* The material is clearly labelled as being from JATS-List, with an
acknowledgement of Mulberry's role as provider of JATS-List.
* There is a navigable pointer to the official list page at
http://www.mulberrytech.com/JATS/JATS-List/ either on every posting or
associated with the user interface such that it is visible with the
* List postings are unedited.
* Either the entire archive of the list is provided, or there is a clearly
stated method for selecting the subset of the list that is provided.

Mulberry does not provide third parties with help to create their archives,
does not endorse particular third party archives, and has no control over the
ways in which they present the material in their systems.

People or organizations that publish the contents of JATS-List without
following the guidelines above are being very antisocial. Please bookmark
either the official JATS-List archive or one provided by a service that plays
nicely in the community and shun those who do not give credit where credit is

If You Stop Getting JATS-List Messages

If you stop receiving JATS-List messages, you may have been removed because
mail to you was bouncing. You are not being picked on, and you can just rejoin
the list.

Tag Set FAQ and Other Information on the JATS

* NLM's Tag Suite home page is at http://dtd.nlm.nih.gov/. That page provides
links to each of the Tag Sets.
* NLM's Tag Suite FAQ is at http://dtd.nlm.nih.gov/faq.html.
* Inera's NLM DTD Resources is at http://www.inera.com/nlmresources.shtml
points to several users of the Tag Suite and includes a FAQ.
* Mulberry Technologies provides some information about the Tag Suite at
http://www.mulberrytech.com/JATS/, including an FAQ and example citations
tagged in several styles using the <mixed-citation> tag.
* The public site describing the NISO standardization of the Tag Suite is:
* PubMed Central File Submission Specifications are at
* Comments and requests for changes to the Tag Suite should be made on the
form at:
Discussions on JATS-List are completely unofficial, and while members of the
NISO working group maintaining the standard may see them here, discussion here
does not put a request into the working group's queue.


If you have any questions or problems about administration of the list, please
contact jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

B. Tommie Usdin                        mailto:btusdin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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