How to create JATS/XML

What is JATS/XML?

JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite) is an XML format used to describe the structure of scientific articles in text format. JATS is designed to facilitate the exchange of information between scientific journals and search engines or databases. JATS contains elements and attributes that describe article metadata, structure, and content.

In recent years, the use of the JATS/XML format in scientific journal publications has increasingly been used as an indexing requirement by some of the leading indexation services, PubMed. JATS/XML helps ease the indexation of articles, and allows researchers and readers to find relevant articles quickly and easily.

Therefore, using the JATS/XML format in scientific journal publications is very important in meeting indexing requirements by leading indexation services. This will also improve the accuracy, completeness, and legibility of scientific article indexation, thereby increasing the visibility and impact of research conducted.

What is the relationship between JATS/XML and OJS

JATS has become an international standard format for publication in scientific journals. Therefore, JATS is closely related to journals and scientific journal publications.

In the world of academics and research, journals are one of the important media for publishing research results. Journals also function as a means of scientific communication between researchers, thus facilitating knowledge transfer and collaboration between researchers.

JATS enables researchers and readers to understand the structure and content of scientific articles more easily and quickly, and enables search engines to search for information more accurately and effectively. By using the JATS format in scientific journal publications, journals can be indexed and accessed more easily by search engines and databases, thereby increasing the visibility and impact of published research results.

In addition, many scientific journals are currently adopting the JATS/XML format in scientific article publications, and several leading indexation services also require the use of the JATS/XML format in scientific journal publications. Therefore, the use of the JATS/XML format in journals is very important in ensuring that scientific articles can be accessed easily, accurately, and effectively by readers and researchers.

What types of OJS indexing require the JATS/XML format

Several types of journal indexing services that currently require JATS/XML formats in scientific journal publications are:

1. Scopus
2. Web of Science
3. PubMed
4. DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
5. Crossref

It is important to note that these are only a few examples of journal indexation services that require publication of scholarly journals in JATS/XML format. There are many other journal indexation services that also require the JATS/XML format, and an increasing number of scientific journals are adopting this format as their publication standard.

What are the steps to create the correct JATS/XML in OJS

Before starting the JATS creation process, first prepare some of the plugin tools needed, such as:

A. docxConverter
B. texture
C. JATSParserPlugin

1. Make sure before downloading all plugins are compatible with the OJS version you are using
2. The tutorial below is made and simulated using OJS version 3.3.0-14, and using all the latest versions of the 3 plugins above

1. After all the plugins are installed and activated, then please upload the article document format file (docx) into the production menu for one of the articles that has a production status.

Example Create Convert DOCX to JATS

2. Then click Convert to JATS XML

3. After a successful conversion, a new file in XML format will appear, then please click edit with texture in the XML file

4. On the texture work editing page, please enter article content data such as abstracts, keywords, and others, including data such as tables and images.

5. To display the data table of content as shown below, please set all heading items in the article content

6. To add a table to the article content, please click Insert -> Table

Given the limitations of the edit feature on the table in this texture, if the table data you have has a very specific structure then you can take an alternative option by converting the table data into an image.

7. To add a images/figure to the article content, please click Insert -> Figure

8. If you want to add Reference data and make that data hyperlinked automatically with related article content data, like the GIF example below

So please first make a data reference on the menu Insert -> Reference

Then select the type of Journal Article

Then enter the reference data in the form provided, and to save the data that has been submit you only need to close the reference form.

As shown above, we can see the results of the References that have been made. Please make a reference format according to your journal type.

And all reference data created will appear like the following example

9. Next, to create a hyperlink between the article content data and the references that have been made, please specify the location of the reference numbering in the article content data.

– Arrow 1, is the location for placing the reference data numbering.
– Arrow 2, to display the reference data that has been created.

After that, please select the relevant reference data

After successful reference numbering will appear as follows

10. After all the article content data has been successfully created, please save and close the texture editing page.

11. Refresh the production page, then select Create Galley

The “Create Galley” feature as shown above is only found for the latest texture plugin version and only supports OJS 3.3 version

12. Please enter the type of format such as XML/JATS, and fill in other form data as needed

13. If successful, XML format will appear in the galley production metadata menu

14. Finally, please publish the article to see the results

15. At this stage the creation of a simple JATS/XML has been completed, you can improve or try using other menu tools provided from the texture plugin.


The availability of Jats/XML for each article provides convenience to visitors by allowing them to view the article content without the need for downloading. Additionally, it increases the chances of all article contents being indexed by the Google search engine, significantly increasing the likelihood of your article ranking as the top result on search pages for relevant user queries.

Considering the diverse range of OJS versions currently used by OJS users, the tutorial above may not fully align with the explanations provided. However, we highly recommend upgrading your OJS to the latest version, as the automatic generation of XML format in the gallery menu is only available in OJS version 3.3.

Then the results of making the XML above also cannot be validated to be able to support indexing formats such as PubMed and others, this is because the purpose of the tutorial above is only to be able to display the contents of the article on the page menu of each article. To get a Jats/XML file that can be verified in several indexes such as PubMed, you can use the services below:

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