Re: [jats-list] Preferred pronouns for authors

Subject: Re: [jats-list] Preferred pronouns for authors
From: "Nikos Markantonatos nikos@xxxxxxxxxx" <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:58:26 -0000
Hi all.

I feel uneasy on most suggestions made so far for the contributor pronouns issue:

1) The name-alternatives proposal implies that the pronouns are another alternative name for the contributor, which is far from being true

2) The named-content solution suggests that the pronouns are part of the contributor's actual name, which is semantically not true

3) The role solution is certainly preferable than the other two, but it is still a semantic stretch, suggesting that pronouns are a contributor role. According to the JATS documentation, role is "title or role of a contributor to a work", which is far from what pronouns are.

At Atypon we were presented with this problem from a client two months ago and we opted for encoding this as an author-comment, which is a child of contrib (like role) is repeatable, takes on @content-type attribute to designate its semantic use, takes on @xml:lang attribute to allow for multiple languages and according to the JATS documentation "the <author-comment> element can also act as an escape mechanism, to take the content of any contributor-related elements not anticipated by the Suite."

So here's another proposal for these pronouns:

<contrib contrib-type="author">
     <author-comment content-type="pronouns">they/them</author-comment>


On 9/20/20 2:30 AM, Lizzi, Vincent vincent.lizzi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Hi Mark, Tommie, and Gerrit,

I think that the role element could be used to hold authors personal pronouns with a content-type attribute value to semantically identify the text as pronouns.

<contrib contrib-type="author">





<role content-type="pronouns">they/them</role>


If your desired display format is to have the personal pronouns displayed after the authors name, e.g. M. Isobe /(they/them)/, and your rendering displays the <role> element immediately following the contributor name (as some renderings do) tagging personal pronouns in <role> like this might just work. The same display could be also be achieved with the tagged example above and styling applied by the rendering (perhaps with CSS).

<role content-type="pronouns"><italic>(they/them)</italic></role>

The <role> element also has the advantage of being able to be repeated with different xml:lang attribute values in case personal pronouns need to be presented in more than one language.




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*From:* Imsieke, Gerrit, le-tex gerrit.imsieke@xxxxxxxxx <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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*Cc:* Tommie Usdin <btusdin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Subject:* Re: [jats-list] Preferred pronouns for authors

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 <mailto: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>
> </string-name></contrib>
> 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 <mailto:doyle@xxxxxxx> <jats-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto: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">
>> <name-alternatives>
>> <name>
>> <surname>Isobe</surname>
>> <given-names>M.</given-names>
>> </name>
>> <string-name specific-use="preferred-pronouns">they/them</string-name>
>> </name-alternatives>
>> </contrib>
>> Does anyone have a better suggestion for how to handle this?
>> Best,
>> Mark
>> Mark Doyle
>> American Physical Society
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