Historically, journals have adopted a wide range of practices including in-line free text, and ad hoc citation formats. With the increased emphasis on data curation, such practices are neither scalable, nor are they optimized for machine-readable applications.
Underpinning the Force11 initiative is a recent update to the JATS DTD (Version 1.1) enabling the structuring of data citation elements, such as data title, and persistent global identifiers. What this means for journal offices is that standard citation formats (such as AMA and APA) may soon be updated to include guidelines for data citation. Downstream, tools and conversion practices based on these reference formats will need to be updated.