Introduction to LiXuid Manuscript: Why XML?

What is LiXuid Manuscript™?

Aries Systems’ LiXuid Manuscript™ initiative aims to build new features and functionality around the transition from unstructured representations of journal articles (Word or PDF files) to structured representations (JATS XML).

LiXuid Manuscript™ is currently under development and is being executed in three phases. The first phase, Article Submission, is already complete. Xtract, the automated extraction of metadata from submitted manuscripts, structures Author-submitted manuscript files as XML behind the scenes. The benefit to Authors is that they no longer need to rekey information, streamlining the submission process. For more information on the forthcoming phases of development of LiXuid, see this recent presentation from our London User Group meeting.

Why is XML important to the publishing workflow?

XML is important to the publishing workflow because it separates the content from the format, and uses semantic tagging to structure that content. A single XML file can then be transformed into a variety of formats—HTML for online presentation, PDF, eBook, etc. Enhanced by industry-standard persistent identifiers for people, institutions, and online resources, the machine-readable tagging in XML makes discovering and searching articles quicker and more accurate.

For more on the basics of XML, and an update on LiXuid Manuscript™ functionality, join us for our upcoming Boston User Group Meeting on June 20-21st. Registration launches next week; check back on our website for more details or follow Aries on Twitter.