Actually, I've never had an issue with the XML import. In most of my XML imports, the e-mail field has looked like this:
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For every back issue I have imported (15 or so), this field has never caused a problem. The problem that I am experiencing has to do when I have to go back and modify article metadata (in the Editor role) after having imported an issue using the XML import. I go to edit the metadata (most often the abstract or keywords), make the changes, and then an error always occurs, asking me to enter the e-mail address of the author and no longer excepting the "none" value that was originally imported into the metadata. If I want to save the changes that I've made, I'm forced to enter either a fake e-mail address, or look up the author's e-mail address, which can be time-consuming and sometime fruitless, especially when the issue was published quite some time ago and the author has changed e-mail addresses (or didn't have one at the time the article was published).
I was hoping this plugin would resolve the issue, but it doesn't seem to be working for me. Regardless, thanks for your input.