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The benefits of DAR and Texture

With DAR, a standards-compliant archive format for journal articles, and Texture, an open source visual editor for research, we aim to simultaneously streamline workflow processes and significantly reduce journals' production costs. Our editor resembles traditional word processing applications, but operates on an XML document in the background. By enabling a broad set of actors to work directly on the XML manuscript at all stages, Texture removes the need for XML experts and the final content conversion step for which many publishers rely on expensive third-party support.

Enabling a modern end to end publishing workflow

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Submission
Article comes directly in as a DAR file, or it is converted from a DOCX file.
2
Peer-review
Authors and reviewers complete multiple review iterations using Texture for commenting and re-submission.
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Initial production
Production staff uses Texture to edit the document's content and metadata.
4
Author proofing
Authors log in through the publisher's website and use Texture to respond to queries, make final changes and approve the article for publication.
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Final production
Production staff make final changes to the document. A quality checking process is performed using Texture. The paper is ready for publication!

Advantages

Visual editing
Full article can be edited in a familiar word processor interface. Manual changes to the JATS-XML source no longer have to be made.
Automatic formatting and label generation
Texture formats references automatically. Furthermore, labels for cross references, figures, tables and footnotes are generated automatically. These no longer have to be manually checked.
A single source of information
Article is represented in DAR format through the whole publishing process. This makes costly conversion processes obsolete.
Parallelised workflow
Article can be received and selected earlier (during draft stage). If accepted after a first, quick review round, the production team can already start editing the content and metadata. A second review round can be started simultaneously to finalise the content.
Semantic tagging of concepts
Concepts, such as gene sequences can be tagged using the interface and even linked with a defined vocabulary.
Community-led development
Texture is open source software and development is supported by a consortium of publishers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use Texture at my journal?

Texture can be used as a stand-alone desktop application to read and write .dar files. However, journals benefit the most from Texture when it is integrated into their journal management system. A journal management system provides an authentication system with permissions, workflows for different stages of the publishing process and an article overview page, the dashboard. Texture on the other hand takes care of all editing needs and can be configured to provide optimised interfaces for submission, production editing, author proofing, etc.

With Open Journal System (OJS) there is an existing solution that includes Texture for editing JATS XML articles. Texture has been integrated as a plugin. It activates visual authoring, editing and proofing within the OJS web platform.

eLife is developing Libero a novel tool set enabling an end-to-end open source publishing process. Texture is being integrated to support different stages of the production process, including author proofing, production QC and peer review.

Please contact us so we can discuss what a solution for your journal would look like.

I’m missing a feature, how can I contribute?

First please look at the existing feature requests on Github. It’s likely your desired feature is already on the roadmap. If not, you can file a new feature request ticket. Carefully follow the guidelines outlined in the template. It’s important to have correct user stories attached, so we are able to come up with a solution proposal quickly. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We will figure out how we can get your use-case covered.

How can I edit my existing JATS files?

In order to open a file in Texture it needs to be represented as a DAR file. The article contents are stored in a file manuscript.xml, that follows a stricter schema of JATS, called TextureJATS. TextureJATS serves as a pure source format, optimised for machine readability. In order to make your existing files conform to that schema, you may need to provide a conversion step. While trivial, this step is usually necessary, because every journal applies slightly different guidelines for their JATS XML files. Please contact us to learn how a converter can be set up for your journal.

Can I export a PDF version?

No, PDF Export is not a part of the Texture editor. Journals typically have different PDF layouts and most have a typesetting solution already, based on the JATS XML file.