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Conceptual help

Postby coke » Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:20 pm


I'm trying to figure out what OJS can and can't do in the work of having an online publication.

Is it posible to work with the articles in HTML format (online) and not as .doc files?

I set up a demo journal and when submiting a new article it ask for uploading a file, this file has to be manually converted into an html document in order to be published?

I think this should happen in the "Layout" step in the OJS Workflow Chart... this Layout can be performed automaticly based on an online html editor or has to be done manually using a third party html editor?

Is there any work around in case of this being a manual operation?


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re: Conceptual help

Postby mj » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:42 pm


Many OJS journals do publish articles in HTML format online, many others publish in PDF alternately (or in addition).

At present, the only way to get articles from .doc format to HTML is, as you suggest, to do the conversion manually between the copyediting and the layout steps in the workflow. However, it is possible to use OpenOffice.org and Docvert (http://holloway.co.nz/docvert/) to convert .doc files (or any other format) to HTML directly for this step.

We have also been working on an online service which will extend this process to automatically convert articles to NLM-XML for use with the upcoming XML rendering plugin for OJS 2.2 -- which will render both HTML and PDF from XML. Although we're not able to release the conversion service yet (it's still in development), you may wish to try Docvert in the meantime.

Hope this helps; I'm happy to answer any further questions you may have.

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Online Editor

Postby ramon » Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:57 am

Dear OJSers,

It's been a while since I've had something to post except questions to Alec.

Here's an online editor tool, very interesting, that converts to many formats, including .doc and openoffice.

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