Floating Element Group

A container element to hold the floating objects (figures, tables, text boxes, graphics, etc.) that occur within an article. Some publishers like to collect all these floating objects together at the end rather than interspersing them throughout the various parts of the document where they are referenced. As such, 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 article metadata or header information, which contains both journal and article metadata);
  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.)

This element (<floats-group>) has been significantly remodeled in version 3.0 of the Tag Set. The values and/or usage in version 3.0 are not backward-compatible with that in previous versions of this Tag Set. 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 | fig | fig-group | graphic | media | preformat | supplementary-material | table-wrap | table-wrap-group)*


Any combination of:

This element may be contained in:

<article>, <response>, <sub-article>


<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>
<p>Microarray expression profiles were obtained ...</p>
<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 CLR algorithm. ...</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 the network is obtained by measuring the percentage 
of correctly inferred edges (blue lines) ...</p>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.g003"/>
<table-wrap id="pbiot001" content-type="1col" position="float">
<label>Table 1</label>
<p>Data Sources for the 
<named-content content-type="genus-species">Escherichia 
coli</named-content> Microarray Compendium</p>
<graphic xlink:href="pbio.0050008.t001"/>