[jats-list] JATS-List Guidelines

Subject: [jats-list] JATS-List Guidelines
From: Tommie Usdin <btusdin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:09:31 -0400
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
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.
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
 * Daily digests -- copies of a whole days JATS-List messages sent as one
   email  message -- are available. Not only is it a single email message
   containing all of  that day's JATS-List messages, it is also half the
   size, on average, of the   individual messages since it doesn't include
   the overhead of the mail headers from each message. Select the digest
   option on the same subscription page if   this appeals to you.
 * To unsubscribe from the list use the same form at

 If your unsubscription is unsuccessful:
   o be sure that you are unsubscribing EXACTLY the same email address as is
   o select the "digest" button if your subscription was to the one-message
     a day digest.

Posting Guidelines

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

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

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

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

 Good subject lines -- those that describe the subject matter of your message
 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

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,
 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
 "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,
 generally counter-productive. No list's archive will contain the complete
 cross-posts from non-subscribers continuing the thread will bounce; and
 subscribers who are not also on the other list will only see part of the
 Subscribers to both lists may see two copies of the message, annoying them

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
 want to reply to just the author of a post, you should change the "To:"
 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
 end. Instead, quote the parts to which you are directly replying or quote
 to establish the context.

 Everybody on the list has already received the message that you are quoting,
 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
 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
 postings because many users cannot display them appropriately, and because
 are unnecessarily large.

Base 64 Banned

 Postings to JATS-List may not be in Base 64 because it makes a mess of both
 digest and the archive.

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
 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

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

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
 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
 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 due.

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
     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:
     http://www.mulberrytech.com/DTD-Comment/CommentForm.html. Discussions on
     JATS-List are completely unofficial, and while members of the NISO
     group maintaining the standard may see them here, discussion here does
     not put a request into the working group's queue.


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