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Microsoft’s Article Authoring Add-In Now Available in Beta

At the recent annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in Boston, Microsoft Corp. announced the wide availability of the Beta 1 release of the Article Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Word 2007. In addition to enabling Word users to open and save documents using the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) XML Journal Publishing format, used for the authoring of scientific articles, the Beta 1 release adds support for the NCBI Book format, used for authoring book chapters for digital books.

A key value of the Article Authoring Add-in is in enabling editors at scientific and technical journals to create article templates, tailored for their individual journals’ requirements. These templates will assist authors in writing articles with greater consistency in relation to the structure of the articles, better reflecting the content requirements of the journals, and in expressing semantic information which is key for the search and consumption of articles in digital form.

In addition to preserving information that is native to Microsoft Word, the Beta 1 release of the Article Authoring Add-in also preserves math information from controls, such as Design
Science’s MathType, when saving Word documents to the NLM XML format.

Information on how to download the Beta 1 release can be found at www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=09c55527-0759-4d6d-ae02-51e90131997e&displaylang=en&tm  

Additional resources are available at the following sites:
Pablo Fernicola’s blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/exscientia  
Microsoft Research, scholarly/scientific publishing website: http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/tc/scholarly-publishing.mspx

Source: Microsoft Corp.



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