• October 19, 2015

    JATS-Con Asia in Tokyo

  • JATS-Con Asia Conference was great success!

    Thanks to seven prestigious speakers around the world and more than 60 audiences, the JATS-Con Asia Conference turned out to be truely fruitful meeting by exchanging experiences in using JATS XML, and by discussing how to take advantage of JATS in distributing scholarly publication worldwide. We thank everyone for your support. We will continue promoting JATS XML in Japan and Asian countries.


    Slides and video of the presentations are available at the Speaker Page.


    JATS-Con Asia Executive Committee
    Yasushi Ogasaka, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
    Soichi Tokizane, XML Scholarly Publishing Association (XSPA)

  • About

    Welcome to JATS-Con Asia Conference

    As publishing using XML is now widespread, the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS), has become the international standard to code scholarly journal articles in the US and Europe, and increasingly in Asia, too.

    JATS-Con meeting was first held in 2010 at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), where the predecessor of JATS, NLM DTD, was born.  It has been held annually to discuss experiences and issues about JATS, and recently the Book Interchange Tag Suite (BITS).  Please visit its website to learn more about JATS-Con.

    As JATS enable us to tag non-European language texts in XML, we believe it is very timely and important now to discuss challenges and experiences in using XML and JATS among Asian countries.  JATS-Con Asia is fully endorsed by JATS-Con in the US.

    At JATS-Con Asia, we expect intensive discussion about how JATS is used to publish scholarly journal articles in XML, especially those in local languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
    From NISO JATS Standing Committee, Mr. Bruce Rosenblum (Inera, Inc.) will present a paper.  We expect speakers from Asian countries as well.  Those who are interested in scholarly publishing, do come and attend this important meeting!

  • Organizers

    Executive Committee


    JATS has become the international standard to code scholarly journal articles and J-STAGE, a platform operated by JST for publishing scholarly electronic journals in Japan, has also adopted JATS. As the usage of JATS is steadily increasing in Asia, JST would like to be actively involved in future establishment of standard with other Asian countries rather than leaving this to European and US countries.
    We hope JATS-Con Asia Meeting will mark an important first step toward development of standard.


    JATS enable publishers to create data for journal articles as well as book chapters.  New tools based on JATS have been available to help publishers and printing firms to copy-edit and proof articles easily, and publish articles more attractively.  We hope this conference will help JATS become more popular among scholarly publishers.

  • Program

    Monday, October 19, 2015

    09:45 Registration
    10:15 Opening Remarks
    -Soichi Tokizane, XML Scholarly Publishing Association (XSPA)


    10:30 Keynote Speaker 1 "Identifiers and Open Science"
    -Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics (Board of Directors, ORCID)

    Materials | Video

    11:15 Keynote Speaker 2 "JATS and Its Role in Scholarly Publishing"
    -Bruce Rosenblum, Inera Inc. (NISO JATS Standing Committee)

    Materials | Video

    12:00 Lunch

    General Session:
    13:45 Speaker 1 "Creating JATS XML from Japanese language articles and automatic typesetting using XSLT"
    -Hidehiko Nakanishi, Nakanishi Printing, Co. Ltd.

    Materials | Video

    14:15 Speaker 2 "Use of JATS data to compile a bibliographic database"
    -Toshinori Kurosawa, NPO Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS)

    Materials | Video

    14:45 Speaker 3 "Challenges in implementing a multi-lingual publishing workflow"
    -Chandi Perera, Typefi

    Materials | Video

    15:15 Coffee Break

    15:45 Speaker 4 "JATS for Korean medical journal databases: Synapse, KoreaMed and KoMCI"
    -Choon Shil Lee, Sookmyung Women's University

    Materials | Video

    16:15 Speaker 5 "Overview of J-STAGE and the next version"
    -Mikako Hibasami, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

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    16:45 Closing Remarks
    -Yasushi Ogasaka, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)


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    "Identifiers and Open Science"
    -Hideaki Takeda

    National Institute of Informatics (Board of Directors, ORCID)


    Abstract: Openness is the becoming more crucial feature of science. Science is to be open because of healthiness of science itself and its public relationship. Openness in science is not only papers but also data now. Scholarly communication should adapt to the openness of papers and data in science. It is a long experience for openness of papers, i.e., open access of papers, but openness of data is relatively new and more challenging since data is diverse in contents and quantity and manifold in use. One of the key technology for sharing papers and data is identifier. Identifiers can remove ambiguity of digital objects and their attributions, realize smarter use of data, and make more linkages to other information. DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is the most successful identifiers in this area, which is now extending their target to data. Japan Link Center (JaLC) now starts the experimental use of DOI for data. The other identifier to be noted is ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier), which is designed and used for identifying researchers worldwide. Embedding these identifiers in metadata can make more suitable scholarly communication to openness of science.



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    "JATS and Its Role in Scholarly Publishing"
    -Bruce Rosenblum

    Inera Inc. (NISO JATS Standing Committee)


    Abstract: JATS was created to solve specific issues of electronic journal publication and archiving. As e-journal publishing has expanded and evolved, JATS has been continually updated to meet new publishing requirements. This presentation will describe the history of JATS, recent JATS developments, and use of JATS features for Asian- and multiple-language content. The talk will also discuss how JATS fits into the expanding ecosystem of scholarly publishing standards, and how these standards provide the foundation for innovative new publication systems.


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    General Session:
    "Creating JATS XML from Japanese language articles and automatic typesetting using XSLT"
    -Hidehiko Nakanishi

    Nakanishi Printing, Co. Ltd.


    Abstract: A Japanese-language journal has been converted into the JATS XML format, and typeset automatically via XSL-FO to produce both the printed issues and online journals which are published on the J-STAGE e-journal platform in full-text HTML. As there is no established XML workflow tools available for Japanese language journals, the Nakanishi Printing Company has developed its own workflow using AH (Antenna House) Formatter. AS STM journals are by-and-large in international standards even in Japanese-language, typesetting is fairly straightforward.  Still, there are several challenges in processing agglutinative languages which are common in Asian counties such as Japanese, such as identifying family names/given names in a name string, or inserting "Zero Width Joiner" to avoid unfavorable line breaks.  Also we had to develop individual XSLT for each article to position tables and figures rightly. As we go on and work with humanities journals we should face more challenges.


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    General Session:
    "Use of JATS data to compile a bibliographic database"
    -Toshinori Kurosawa

    NPO Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS)


    Abstract: Ichushi Web, which is medical bibliographic and abstracts database, annually adds records for 400,000 medical and related articles published in 6,000 Japanese journals (3,000 are current).  Although most of the record data are created manually from printed publications, we have been receiving machine data for some journals since 2007.  Initially, we asked publishers to use our proprietary DTD, which only few publishers accepted.  Thus we decided to introduce JATS to invite more publishers, and implemented the system in 2014.  We now receive electronic data from about 80 journals, but plan to receive more. JATS data thus received are divided into several fractions such as bibliographic data and abstracts, link-related data such as DOI, and citation data.  Link-related data are used to deposit DOI data to JaLC (Japan Link Center), enriched with links, and then sent back to publishers.


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    General Session:
    "Challenges in implementing a multi-lingual publishing workflow"

    -Chandi Perera



    Abstract: There are many challenges in implementing a multi-lingual publishing process.  This presentation will focus on identifying these challenges and strategies to address them in a JATS and BITS publishing processes.  This paper will specifically focus on issues such as selecting the optimum point in the publishing process for content translation, treatment of translated and generated content and addressing the limitations of fonts that cover a limited number of languages in a multi-lingual environment.  Finally the session will recommend some best practice approaches in implementing a multi-lingual publishing process.


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    General Session:
    "JATS for Korean medical journal databases: Synapse, KoreaMed and KoMCI"
    -Choon Shil Lee

    Sookmyung Women's University


    Abstract: Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE) is a producer and service provider of three eminent databases of Korean biomedical journals. KoreaMed (http://koreamed.org) is an abstract database; Synapse (http://synapse.koreamed.org) is a full text e-journal database serving as the digital archive and reference linking platform of journal articles; and Korean Medical Citation Index (KoMCI, http://komci.org) is a citation index. KAMJE is also a major data provider to PubMed Central and PubMed/MEDLINE for Korean journals. Once an XML file is faithfully marked up as described in the PubMed Central Tagging Guidelines, previously in NLM DTD 2.3, now in JATS 1.0, the file is used for the creation and generation of records for each and every databases mentioned above. A CrossRef DOI deposit XML file is also extracted from the JATS full text XML file. JATS certainly is a journal article tag suite. More importantly, we found JATS is an excellent guide which elaborates the best practices in tagging journal articles.


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    General Session:
    "Overview of J-STAGE and the next version"
    -Mikako Hibasami

    Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)


    Abstract: J-STAGE is a platform system that supports publishing electronic scholarly journals related to science and technology in Japan. The presentation will introduce overview of J-STAGE including description of the trend of XML format articles on J-STAGE and the approaches aimed at enhancing overseas visibility in the next version of J-STAGE. In the next version we are considering improving usability of full text HTML pages to promote the dissemination of scholarly information in XML format.


  • Contact Us

    JATS-Con Asia Steering Committee

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