Research Articles in Simplified HTML (RASH) Framework includes a markup language defined as a subset of HTML+RDF for writing scientific articles, and related tools to convert it into different formats, to extract data from it, etc.
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How to cite: Peroni, S., Osborne, F., Di Iorio, A., Nuzzolese, A. G., Poggi, F., Vitali, F., Motta, E. (2016). Research Articles in Simplified HTML: a Web-first format for HTML-based scholarly articles. PeerJ PrePrints 4: e2513.

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This project includes all the documents and source codes related to the RASH Framework, i.e., a set of specifications and writing/conversion/extraction tools for writing academic articles in RASH, i.e., a markup language defined as a subset of HTML for writing scientific articles. RASH has been released with its own documentation, which is a descriptive document that introduces the language and explains how to write research article by using it. In addition, there exist also guidelines for OpenOffice that explain how to write a scholarly paper, by using the basic features available in OpenOffice Writer, in a way that it can be converted into RASH by means of an appropriate conversion tool.

An online conversion tool called ROCS (RASH Online Conversion Service) is available at It allows one to convert an ODT document written according to the aforementioned guidelines into RASH, which also includes the converted LaTeX document compliant with the Springer LNCS LaTeX class and ACM ICPS class.

A brief introduction of all the tools included in the Framework is provided in the related page, that includes also usage information.

Please use the hashtag #rashfwk for referring to any of the entities defined in the RASH Framework via Twitter or other social platforms. There is also available a Gitter room for discussing about the project.

A list of papers introducing the RASH Framework is enclosed at the end of this document, as well as a list of all the papers accepted in scholarly venues that have been written in RASH.

Venues that have adopted RASH as submission format

Adopt RASH in your academic event

Please feel free to adopt RASH for accepting HTML submissions in your academic event, and don't hesitate to contact us for further information at The usual template we suggest for advertising the adoption of RASH is the following one:

Submit a zip archive containing an HTML file compliant with the Research Articles in Simplified HTML (RASH) format with the additional stylesheets and scripts included in the style package for guaranteeing a correct visualisation of the document on browsers.

RASH is part of a framework ( for facilitating the creation of HTML research articles and their publication in research venues. In particular, RASH is composed by a few of the available HTML tags and allows one to add RDFa annotations to any element.

The current version of the RASH format is fully introduced in its documentation page (, which includes several examples. The complete RelaxNG grammar of the language is available online ( The whole style package of this format (which includes the documentation, the examples and the grammar) is also available as a ZIP archive (

We encourage to use the earliest version of browsers for guaranteeing the best visualisation of the RASH documents. In addition, the translation from your RASH submission into the appropriate publishing format (either LaTeX Springer LNCS or LaTeX ACM ICPS) and the related creation of the PDF of your Camera Ready version that will be used in the official proceedings of the workshop will be totally handled by us through a semi-automatic process.

Papers introducing the RASH Framework

RASH papers accepted in scholarly venues

2016 Workshop on Semantics, Analytics, Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data (SAVE-SD 2016)

25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2016), poster and demo

14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2015), poster and demo

2015 Workshop on Semantics, Analytics, Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data (SAVE-SD 2015)