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Data entry tools

JATS Metadata Input Form

Conversion Tools


From Word DOCX and other Word-processor formats

Biomedical Plain Text to JATS

sci.AI semanticizes concepts, relationships and authors in a plain text paper. Then it generates enhanced JATS with biomedical metadata.


eXtyles automates time-consuming aspects of document editing in Microsoft Word and exports to JATS XML (as well as many other DTDs).

Article Authoring Add-in for Word (NLM JATS)

As described at , "[t]his add-in for Microsoft Word enables authors/editors to use Microsoft Office Word to create, edit, and save files in the National Library of Medicine's NLM DTD (article or book) format." Though released in 2012, it was developed many years ago.


meTypeset "is a fork of the OxGarage stack" "to convert from Microsoft Word .docx format to NLM/JATS-XML". It is implemented as part of the PKP XML parsing stack.

Open Typesetting Stack (PKP XML Parsing Service)

The Open Typesetting Stack (formerly the PKP XML Parsing Service: sourcecode, beta site) converts Word documents to NLM DTD 3.0 XML, HTML, and PDF using meTypeset and other tools. As of April 2015, it's in beta, with metadata parsing disabled because of poor results. A plugin is being developed for Open Journal Systems (OJS) that will call this service. For more information, see a paper presented at JATS-Con 2015.

Migrate (from Stilo)

A proprietary cloud-based service:


OxGarage can convert documents from various formats into "National Library of Medicine (NLM) DTD 3.0" (as well as various other formats). See documentation.

Markdown to JATS



This is a very difficult problem to solve. Success depends on how well structured your PDFs are and, for batch conversion, how consistently structured your PDFs are.

bepress OAI-PMH XML to JATS

oaipmh_jats: "This XSL stylesheet transforms OAI-PMH XML from the bepress Digital Commons platform to JATS DTD 1.1d2 XML. Input is issue-level data; output is as article-level files. Limited metadata fields are used, as this was originally created for the purpose of creating brief article records for deposit with Portico."

Native editors


from JATS


JATS Preview Stylesheets

eLife Lens converts NLM XML to JSON for displaying using HTML and Javascript. See the sourcecode on GitHub.


JATS Preview Stylesheets


Editing Tools

JATS Framework for oXygen XML Editor

Users of oXygen XML Editor and oXygen XML Author can now install support for current versions of NISO JATS (and as a bonus, NLM BITS). Based on a Formal Public Identifier given in a DOCTYPE declaration, oXygen will detect that you are editing a JATS document and provide stylesheets and utilities.

Find the framework at

Documentation is here:

Or skip the page and download a copy directly: Unzip it and drop the JATS folder into the frameworks folder of your oXygen installation.


Annotum: a WordPress theme that contains WYSIWYG authoring in JATS (Kipling subset), peer-review and editorial management, and publishing. See a JATS-Con 2011 presentation.


ArticleExpress is a proprietary product from Dartmouth Journal Services that uses JATS underneath. See a JATS-Con 2013(4) presentation and a JATS-Con 2015 presentation.


PubRef (whose homepage instead says "Pipeline") features a markdown-like editor that produces JATS XML. Documentation is limited, but more is expected well before March 2016.

ARPHA Writing Tool

The ARPHA Writing Tool is an online collaborative authoring tool, providing editing, peer-review and submission functionalities, as an integral component of the ARPHA JATS XML-based publishing platform.



Validation Tools

PMC XML Validator

The PMC XML Validator can be used to confirm that a document is valid according to one of the JATS DTDS.

PMC Style Checker

The PMC Style Checker is an online web service that confirm whether an XML document conforms to PMC Style as defined in the PMC XML Tagging Guidelines. Note that the PMC Tagging Guidelines are a profile of JATS -- not every valid JATS document need conform to the PMC Tagging Guidelines.

JATS4R Validator

The JATS4R Validator is a work-in-progress. It is a set of schematron files that can be used to confirm that a document conforms to the recommended tagging practices of the JATS for reuse group.

Preview Tools

JATS Preview Stylesheets

code on GitHub

The JATS Preview Stylesheets are a series of .xsl, .xpl, .css, and .sch files that will create .html or .pdf versions of valid NISO Z39.96-2012 JATS 1.0 files. The primary purpose of the stylesheets is to support version 1.0 of the Publishing ("blue") tag set of JATS, but they will also work on data valid to JATS 1.0 Authoring ("orange"). Additionally, the stylesheets will work with versions 3.0 and 2.3 of NLM Journal Publishing ("blue") or Authoring ("orange").

These stylesheets are not intended to create production ready files. They can be customized as needed to produce output for any aspect of a publishing system.

oXygen Preview

See the JATS Framework for oXygen in the XML Editor Tools section below.

End-to-end publishing

ARPHA Publishing Platform

The ARPHA Publishing Platform is a JATS XML-based, end-to-end, online, collaborative, journal publishing workflow that supports the full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring, to peer-review, publication, dissemination and archiving.


PubPub can import from JATS XML and export to it.


RVPublisher is River Valley Technology’s end to end publishing platform. Technical details are described in this JATS-Con paper.

Documentation Tools

Tools to improve upon the existing documentation for the JATS tag library

Alternative Tag Library viewer

The NISO JATS 1.0 and 1.1d1 Tag Libraries have been ported into an alternative, user-friendly HTML viewer here:

Archiving and Interchange


Article Authoring

Book Interchange Tag Suite (BITS)

See this page for the definitive, up-to-date list.

These pages use jatsdoc, which is also included as part of the DtdAnalyzer, meaning that you can easily produce documentation pages like this for your own JATS customizations.

Browser userscript TagLibPermalink

TagLibPermalink on GitHub

A small browser extension that will add a "permalink" to each of the JATS tag library documentation pages, making it much easier to bookmark specific pages in the documentation and to share links to them, getting around the problem caused by the pages being within frames. Tested for Firefox and Chrome. Instructions and a video are found at the link above.