Type of Footnote

Identifies the type of information conveyed in the footnote (for example, contributor’s current affiliation, financial disclosure statement, reprint information).


There are many reasons why the text or metadata of an article might be footnoted. Where those reasons are known (for example, the reasons are listed in the suggested values list below), this attribute can preserve that information. This could be a means of preserving, for example, that a contributor is on a leave of absence.

Attribute Values

In Element

Value Meaning
abbr Abbreviations
com Communicated-by information
con Contributed-by information
conflict Conflict of interest statements
corresp Corresponding author information not identified separately, but merely footnoted
current-aff Contributor’s current affiliation
deceased Person has died since article was written.
edited-by Contributor has the role of an editor.
equal Contributed equally to the creation of the document
financial-disclosure Statement of funding or denial of funds received in support of the research on which an article is based
on-leave Contributor is on sabbatical or other leave of absence.
other Some footnote type, other than those enumerated.
participating-researchers Contributor was a researcher for an article.
present-address Contributor’s current address
presented-at Conference, colloquium, or other occasion at which this paper was presented
presented-by Contributor who presented the material
previously-at Contributor’s previous location or affiliation
study-group-members Contributor was a member of the study group for the research
supplementary-material Points to or describes supplementary material for the article
supported-by Research upon which an article is based was supported by some entity
Restriction: This attribute may be specified if the element is used.