Re: [jats-list] Versions of an article

Subject: Re: [jats-list] Versions of an article
From: "Beck, Jeff (NIH/NLM/NCBI) [E]" <beck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 18:23:39 +0000

You've run up against a real application of the question of what an XML
document is. Bruce hinted at it when he talked about DOIs, and Allen
Renear discusses this question in a 2003 Extreme Markup Languages** paper
"An XML document corresponds to which FRBR Group 1 entity?"

My feeling is that versions and links between versions are things that
need to be handled outside of the markup of an XML instance by the
application layer that is handling your documents.


** The "Extreme Markup Languages" conference continues as "Balisage: The
Markup Conference" (

Here's a link if you want to read more about FRBR. I always suggest the
first three chapters.

On 5/9/13 1:11 PM, "Bruce Rosenblum" <bruce@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>This isn't an answer to your question, but a comment about DOI. You
>should assign a DOI to a work, not a manifestation. If you assign a
>DOI to each version of an article, many applications will fail to
>link because you'll have multiple DOIs that have the same metadata.
>It's better to assign one DOI and then have the landing page show
>each version of the article.
>At 12:59 PM 5/9/2013, Alf Eaton wrote:
>>Does anyone have any experience with marking up links to previous
>>versions of an article in JATS, and also marking up the version number
>>of the current article?
>>The previous versions of the article will all have their own URLs and
>>DOIs, so I was thinking that the "related-article" element would make
>>sense. There doesn't seem to be an existing @related-article-type
>>attribute meaning "previous version", but HTTP link relations[1]
>>include "predecessor-version" and "successor-version", which could be
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