Re: [jats-list] Preferred pronouns for authors

Subject: Re: [jats-list] Preferred pronouns for authors
From: "Imsieke, Gerrit, le-tex gerrit.imsieke@xxxxxxxxx" <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:33:07 -0000
Hi Tommie and Mark,

Both approaches seem sensible to me. Maybe use @content-type instead of @specific-use on string-name in Mark's variant.

The JATS standing committee might consider adding @pronouns to name and string-name, should someone file a request for that. An attribute, on the other hand, has the disadvantage that it cannot hold translations so well. On the other hand, I haven't seen anyone supply translations to their pronouns.

In any case, the recommended practice(s) within the existing vocabulary can be included in the tag library documentation, or it can be dealt with on the JATS4R level (


On 18.09.2020 22:06, B Tommie Usdin btusdin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Hi Mark --

If you are using Green (archiving) you could use <named-content> inside <string-name>:

<contrib contrib-type="author">
<string-name><given-names>>m</given-names> <surname>Isobe</surname>
<named-content content-type="pronouns">they/them</named-content>

That's a little awkward, but perhaps less so than a name-alternative that contains only the pronouns.

-- Tommie

On Sep 18, 2020, at 3:55 PM, Mark Doyle doyle@xxxxxxx <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi all,

Our editors would like to allow authors to specify preferred pronouns in their manuscripts. Although the initial goal is to provide this in a footnote for just the corresponding author, I'd like to tag this in a more general way that would allow any author to add this to their name. So far the best option I have been able to work out is to slightly misuse the <name-alternatives> tagging:

<contrib contrib-type="author">
     <string-name specific-use="preferred-pronouns">they/them</string-name>

Does anyone have a better suggestion for how to handle this?


Mark Doyle
American Physical Society
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