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Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby gmattei » Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:22 am

Hi,
I would like to relax the blind review procedure of abstracts and letting the reviewer see not only the abstract's title and text but also authors name and affiliation. I did not find a simple way to do that.
I see two possibilities:
1) editing the submission.tpl file for adding the authors name and affiliation (e.g., adding a "$submission->getPresenterString()");
2) changing the way reviewers can view the submission Metadata: actually I noticed that clicking on "view Metadata" as a reviewer I cannot see the entire submission Metadata nor the text of the abstract (which was visible in the reviewer assignement page). I see just this:
View Metadata
Title and Abstract
Title...............This is the title of the abstract (i.e., the correct title)
Abstract......... Array

i.e., "Abstract" does not show the actual abstract's text but just the word "array". I verified that this is done also if the reviewer is, e.g., the conference director. Is this normal or do I make something wrong?

Could you please give some input on that?
Thanks in advance,
GMattei
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby mcrider » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:54 am

Hi GMattei,

First off, thanks for spotting the bug on the Reviewer's 'View Metadata' page--I've posted a report here: http://pkp.sfu.ca/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=4421.

As for displaying the author's name in the reviewer's submission, your first possibility will work just fine (just make sure its the templates/reviewer/submission.tpl file you're editing)--But if you want to get the author's affiliations as well, you'll have to get a little more complex. Try this code:
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{assign var=presenters value=$submission->getPresenters()}
{foreach from=$presenters item=presenter}
   {$presenter->getFullName()}, {$presenter->getAffiliation()}
{/foreach}

You can then work that into the table structure of the submission template so it displays nicely.

Cheers,
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby gmattei » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:10 am

Dear Matt,
many thanks for your help: your patch solved perfectly the visualization problem. Moreover, I modified the submission.tpl file to display also authors name and affiliation.

To assist the review procedure I was wondering if it could be feasible to have together with the on-screen view of the metadata also the possibility to have a printable pdf version of the abstract metadata. Do you think it would be possible in future releases of OCS?

Kind regards,
Giovanni
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby marcob » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:59 pm

Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Following the suggestion on this post I had added a line to
templates/reviewer/submission.tpl
to include the name of the author. This worked fine in OCS 2.1.1.

Now I have installed 2.3 and the old file has been replaced by a series of
files and folders inside the "submission" folder.

The new version of OCS does have the option of creating custom Review Forms
but as far as I can see there is no option to remove the blind review (i.e. showing
the author to the reviewer).

Can anyone suggest how to hack this in the new system, or some other way to
achieve this?

Thanks,

Marco
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby jmacgreg » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:47 am

Hi Marco,

Hrm, unless I'm totally missing something that file is still in 2.3, and should still be editable as above. Are you sure you can't follow the steps outlined above again to have this work?

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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby marcob » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:07 am

You're right the file is still there, for reasons that I don't understand the 2 lines I had before don't work in 2.3
but this seems to be a more general issue with my upgrade to 2.3. I am encountering many little and not so little
problems. Probably should have stayed with the stable release but it's too late now to go back!

My real problem now is that all prepared email templates have disappeared. I would be happy to go back
to the default ones, but when I click on "reset all templates" the list goes back to only 5 prepared email in it. So I am having
people who are submitting abstracts as we speak and they are getting a blank email instead of an aknowledgment.

Any suggestion about what to reset to get back the default prepared email would be greatly appreciated.
Help!

Thanks, Marco
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby jmacgreg » Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:08 am

Hi Marco,

Regarding the prepared email templates: is this the case for all locales? Can you check the email template file (English, for example can be found in locale/en_US/emailTemplates.xml) to see if there are in fact more default templates there than are being reloaded? Best to check this for each locale you support.

Cheers,
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby marcob » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:16 pm

Dear James,

it is strange, inside locale/en_US/emailTemplates.xml all templates are still present, if I look inside the file, but they do not appear when as a conference manager I look at prepared emails. Clearly something has got corrupted somehow.

I did a clean install of the system in a new folder with a separate database and it is fine and it has all the templates. The problem is that now I have a working version, and a corrupted version which contains all the info about my conferences. Where would you suggest I should go from here? I mean the version that is misbehaving has all sort of important info in it, and is currently being used for a conference (though I have to type out all my emails because they otherwise would go out blank). My understanding is that conference specific data and non-conference specific data, like the default email templates, are stored in the same database. So how do I merge the system that works with the one that does not work?

Thanks, Marco
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby jmacgreg » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:08 pm

Hi Marco,

Before giving up on your original install, try reloading the locale(s) that are giving you trouble -- you can do this from the Site Administrator -> Languages page for any installed locale. You will lose any custom email changes, though. If this doesn't do the trick, let us know.

Cheers,
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby marcob » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:52 am

Dear James,

Thank you, reloading the locale did restore the default templates. I wish I had thought of that earlier
but I never thought of looking under languages. The installation now works ok, there are still a few
problems but of course it's possible that this has to do with the fact that this is not a "stable" release yet.

However, given the complicated set of problems I had with this installation (it had to be restored from backup
after a hardware upgrade) and given that I have a separate installation that is more recent (same version though),
would you suggest that it would make some sense to compare the two or even, more simply and brutally,
overwrite the directories like lib and classes (which should not contain anything specific to my conferences)?

Thanks again for your help,

cheers, Marco
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby jmacgreg » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:14 pm

Hi Marco,

It's probably not a bad idea to do a diff between the two installs' files, just to make sure that everything in the troubled install is up-to-date. I wouldn't worry about reuploading the files unless that produces any differences.

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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby marcob » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:06 pm

This thread had drifted away from the original topic: "Non blind review of OCS abstracts "
That was my fault as I had encountered some upgrade problems.
I am now happily using 2.3.2.0 and would like again to have the review non blind.
The hack that once worked was basically these two lines:

<td width="20%" class="label"></td>
<td width="80%" class="value">{$submission->getPresenterString()|strip_unsafe_html}</td>

These were added to templates/reviewer/submission.tpl

Now when I do this the page is not loading any longer when it reaches those lines.
I suspect that some naming has changed. For instance what used to be $submission->getPaperTitle()
is now $submission->getLocalizedTitle()

I am not very confident with changing the code, I am really just looking for the easiest way to
achieve a non blind review system. Can someone tell me how to change the lines so that they will
work, or any other method (but simple) to do non blind reviewing?

Thanks,

Marco
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby jmacgreg » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:17 pm

Hi Marco,

A couple of quick tips on troubleshooting when you encounter a problem like this:

-- if you run into a blank page, an error is most likely being reported somewhere. That error should have helpful troubleshooting information in it. For more information on retrieving errors, see this FAQ entry, and feel free to post the error here.

-- you may also want to clear your template caches after a template file change, to ensure that you're not getting a mix-up between old and new files.

Otherwise, could you give me a better idea on where you are trying to add those lines? I can run a quick test or two, but I need to know exactly where you've tried adding them to the file. If you could give me an idea on the line number and/or the surrounding lines, I'd appreciate it.

Cheers,
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby marcob » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:30 pm

Dear James,

Thanks you for your help. I did not try anything while we had a conference ongoing. Now the
conference is finished, so I upgraded OCS to 2.3.3.1 (the latest version).

However, we would still like a non-blind review system. I tried to use the advise
in this thread about adding a few lines to templates/reviewer/submission.tpl
Unfortunately I think things have moved on. The original change involved adding lines
under these lines:
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<tr valign="top">
        <td width="20%" class="label">{translate key="paper.title"}</td>
        <td width="80%" class="value">{$submission->getPaperTitle()|strip_unsafe_html}</td>
</tr>


But these have changed anyway now in the new submission.tpl file. They are now:
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<tr valign="top">
   <td width="20%" class="label">{translate key="paper.title"}</td>
   <td width="80%" class="value">{$submission->getLocalizedTitle()|strip_unsafe_html}</td>
</tr>


So maybe instead of chasing old ideas could I ask whether you would know how to put just the
name of the author on this form underneath the title?
It would be very helpful and I suspect it may help other people as well who may want to switch off
blind-reviewing for some conferences.

Thanks, Marco
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Re: Non blind review of OCS abstracts

Postby jmacgreg » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:46 pm

Hi Marco,

Try the following:
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<tr valign="top">
   <td width="20%">{translate key="paper.authors"}</td>
   <td width="80%">
   {$submission->getAuthorString()|escape}
   </td>
</tr>


You'll have to do something like this in other places, depending on where you want the reviewer to see the author name. And of course, you may also want to do something similar so that authors can see reviewer names as well.

Cheers,
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