<edition> Edition Number

Within standards-specific elements such as <std-ident>, an <edition> element contains the edition number for the standard. Edition number updates typically correlate with major revisions to a standard.


For example, for ISO and the family of ISO-related national and regional standards bodies, an <edition> is the number of times a standard has been revised (meaning a major voted revision, typically with an updated year). For example, if ISO 9001:2015 is the fifth major revision of ISO 9001 it would be tagged as <edition>5</edition>.
The content of may be a simple edition number (such as “<edition>3</edition>” or “<edition>A</edition>”). More complex edition statements may contain a textual statement (“Third print edition revised”), the edition number as an ordinal (“3rd” or “3rd edition”), or superscripted ordinals (“4<sup>th</sup>” or “4<sup>th</sup> digital edition”).
Whether or not the <edition> content is more than a simple number, the @designator attribute of this element (unrelated to standards designations) can be used to hold the simple numerical or alphabetic edition number (<edition designator="3">3rd French Edition reprinted</edition>).
Different Usage in JATS Citations
The <edition> element is defined and used differently in NISO STS than it is in JATS:
  • Within standards-specific elements (such as <std-ident>), an <edition> element gives the edition number for this standards document. (Note: Although permitted, use of <edition> inside <std-ref> is discouraged.)
  • Within citation-related elements (such as <mixed-citation> and <related-object>), an <edition> element contains the full edition statement for the document being cited or described.

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Any combination of:
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  edition      (#PCDATA %edition-elements;)*                >
Expanded Content Model

(#PCDATA | sub | sup)*

Tagged Samples
Edition number of ISO standard
<iso-meta id="profile.int">
Edition number in citation
<ref id="ref_25">
 <mixed-citation publication-type="book"
  <publisher-name>Dansk Sprogn&aelig;vn &amp; 
   Aschehoug Dansk Forlag A/S</publisher-name>, 
  <edition>Second Edition</edition>, 
  <year iso-8601-date="1996">1996</year></mixed-citation>