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Multilingual Journals

Postby arika » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:47 pm

I've been recommended to use Open Journal System to have my Journal been done.

It's completely ok everything, as far as I understand the system... but I got a basic question I don't know if OJS can satisfy:

Can I create a multilingual Journal with OJS?

I mean, is OJS capable of managing more than one language (in the articles side of it). So that I can translate my Journal into several languages before publishing and users can choose to read the journal in their prefered language.

Thank you.
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Re: Multilingual Journals

Postby jmacgreg » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:50 pm

Hi Arika,

Yes, OJS is just about 100% multilingual. You can publish articles and add content in as many languages as you want, although you should check to see if the language you need is supported. Additionally, you can always look at translating OJS into the language you need if it's not available.

Cheers,
James
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Re: Multilingual Journals

Postby arika » Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:50 pm

Thank you for the advice... by the way I'm just now trying to understand completely how the system works with the members of my group.

As I've understood from this page, if I just install the language in the system, by some weird (haha It's a joke ;)) magic multilingual features would appear so in the editorial process I can translate all the articles in my journal before publishing so it will be a multilingual journal, isn't it?

Thank you all in advance.
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Re: Multilingual Journals

Postby jmacgreg » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:47 am

Hi arika,

Yep, that's pretty much it. You'll have to ensure that the languages you want to use are installed both at the Site Admin and then the Journal Management level; then you can change the Form Language at the top of any multilingual page to add content in your non-primary languages at will.

Cheers,
James
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Re: Multilingual Journals

Postby jfructuoso » Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:37 am

Hi pkp family,

We also have a multilingual journal: A single issue can include some articles in one language and some articles in another one (e.g. the journal main language is “ca_ES” and a single issue has three articles written in “ca_ES”, two articles written in “en_US” and four articles written in “fr_CA”).
The problem appears where a file is submitted with a different language than the main one and we select a third language to read the article (e.g. main: ca_ES; submit: fr_CA; reading: “en_US”).

The table of contents show the link “PDF(Catalan)”, although the submitting language of the file is French. We think this behaviour could lead to confusion. This link appears due the main language is ca_ES? Exists any way to have a link that pointed to “PDF (French)”? We use a 2.2.4 OJS version.

Thank you for your support
Josep
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Re: Multilingual Journals

Postby jmacgreg » Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:56 pm

Hi Josep,

OJS' multilingual functionality has been improved a fair bit between OJS 2.2.4 and 2.3.x, and this may already have been fixed. Are you able to upgrade in the near future to see if this is still an issue?

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Re: Multilingual Journals

Postby jfructuoso » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:42 am

Hi James,

It's a great news!!! But we are not able to change our OJS version yet (we change it to 2.2.4 just seven months ago), although we keep it in mind.

Thank you very much
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