Floating Element Group

Container element for floating objects (figures, tables, text boxes, graphics, etc.) that occur within an article. Occurs outside of the narrative flow of the article.


Some publishers like to collect all these floating objects at the end rather than interspersing them throughout the document where they are referenced. The <floats-group> element is not part of the narrative flow of an article, rather, it holds article resources used in the body, back matter, etc. Sub-articles (<sub-article>) and responses (<response>) may hold their own floats groups.
A journal article <article> may be divided into several components:
  1. the <front> (the metadata or header information, which contains both journal metadata [<journal-meta>] and article metadata [<article-meta>]);
  2. the <body> (the textual and graphical content of the article);
  3. any <back> (any ancillary information such as a glossary, reference list, or appendix);
  4. a <floats-group> (single container element some publishers and archives use to hold all floating elements such as figures and tables that are referenced in the article body or back matter); and
  5. either a series of <response> elements or a series of <sub-article> elements. (A <response> is a commentary on the article itself, such as a summation by an editor, an answer to a letter-article, or words from the author responding to peer-review comments. Sub-articles are articles such as news pieces, abstracts, or committee reports that are completely contained within a main article.)
Historical Note: This element (<floats-group>) was significantly remodeled from previous versions of this Tag Set. The current NISO JATS values are backwards compatible with the last NLM version, but not with earlier versions. Specifically, the <floats-group> element replaces the <floats-wrap> element, which is no longer available.


Content Model

<!ELEMENT  floats-group %floats-group-model;                         >

Expanded Content Model

(alternatives | boxed-text | chem-struct-wrap | code | fig | fig-group | graphic | media | preformat | supplementary-material | table-wrap | table-wrap-group)*


This element may be contained in:


<article dtd-version="1.1d3"  xmlns:xlink='http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink'>...
<fig id="pbiog001" position="float">
<label>Figure 1</label>
<title>Overview of Our Approach for Mapping the
<named-content content-type="genus-species">E. coli</named-content>
Transcriptional Regulatory Network</title>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.g001"/>
<fig id="pbiog002" position="float">
<label>Figure 2</label>
<title>The CLR Algorithm: Methods and Comparison to Other
<p>(A) A schema of the ...to profile.</p>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.g002"/>
<fig id="pbiog003" position="float">
<label>Figure 3</label>
<title>The Transcriptional Regulatory Map Inferred by CLR with
an Estimated 60&#x00025; Precision</title>
<p>The precision of ...</p>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.g003"/>
<fig id="pbiog004" position="float">
<label>Figure 4</label>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.g004"/>
<table-wrap id="pbiot001" content-type="1col" position="float">
<label>Table 1</label>
<p>Data Sources for the ...</p>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.t001"/>