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NISO/NFAIS Supplemental Journal
Article Materials Project

JUST PUBLISHED: NISO RP-15-2013, Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials

 Supporting documention


This joint project from NISO and NFAIS (the National Federation of Advanced Information Services) aims to develop a Recommended Practice for publisher inclusion, handling, display, and preservation of supplemental journal article materials.

To achieve this goal, three groups have been established to undertake the work:

  1. Stakeholders Interest Group
    Stakeholders to be kept apprised of the development of the Recommended Practice. Members serve as a source of feedback on document drafts, and they would provide community vetting of a final document. The group list is open; anyone who would like to track the progress of this project and would like to potentially provide feedback on draft work can sign up by visiting: www.niso.org/lists/suppinfo
  2. Business Working Group
    This small group is tasked with drafting recommendations related to the semantic aspects of the topic for inclusion in the Recommended Practice. Questions include: What are the semantic aspects? What are the definitions? What are the recommended roles for the stakeholders in this arena? What are the business practices?
  3. Technical Working Group
    This small group will look at the syntactic, structural issues related to supplemental materials in order to develop recommendations around these to be included in the final publication. Members will address issues such as syntax, linking, interoperability, markup, and metadata.

The Business and Technical working group co-chairs meet monthly to ensure that there is shared communication between the groups and their work is coordinated.

This project follows on the recommendation made by attendees at the January 2010 joint NISO/NFAIS meeting on this topic, held at the APA offices in Washington, DC. To see a copy of the meeting report, visit www.niso.org/topics/tl/supplementary/.


20 May 2012 • Council of Science Editors 2012 Annual Meeting
Supplemental Information: Who’s Doing What and Why
, Alexander (‘Sasha’) Schwarzman

20 March 2012 Earth and Space Science Librarians Meeting
NISO-NFAIS Supplemental Journal Article Materials Working Group: An Update on an Industry Initiative
, Alexander (‘Sasha’) Schwarzman

29 April 2011 • Council of Science Editors 2011 Annual Meeting
Recommended Practices for Journal Article Supplemental Material
, Bonnie Lawlor

2 May 2011 • Council of Science Editors 2011
Supplemental Data: Questions and Considerations, Sasha Schwarzman

2 June 2011 • Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting
Developing Best Practices for Supplemental Materials, Linda Beebe

3 August 2011 • Balisage 2011: The Markup Conference
Supplemental Materials to a Journal Article
, Sasha Schwarzman

27 September 2011 • JATS-Con 2011
NISO/NFAIS Supplemental Journal Article Materials Working Group: A progress report, Sasha Schwarzman

12 October 2011 • American Psychological Association
Supplemental Journal Article Materials and the NISO-NFAIS Working Group Recommendations, Linda Beebe

3 November 2011 • Charleston Library Conference
What To Do About Data: The NISO-NFAIS Working Group Recommendations on Supplemental Materials, Linda Beebe

14 November 2011 • Crossref Workshops
NISO/NFAIS Supplemental Journal Article Materials Working Group: An Update on an Industry Initiative, Sasha Schwarzman