Roadmap for Technical Pilot

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We're pleased to announce that the roadmap for the technical pilot platform for the OLH megajournal is nearing completion.

In order to implement an efficient XML-first publication environment, the platform will consist of (among many other aspects):

  • A document management and submission system derived from Open Journal Systems
  • A typesetting mechanism that transforms from ODT/DOCX to intermediary TEI and NLM journal tagset XML (where medium-appropriate)
  • A sophisticated citation parser (for metadata extraction) driven by a custom regular expression library, machine learning techniques implemented in FreeCite, and the Lemon8XML approach
  • A new presentation (view) layer for OJS that will facilitate the curation of overlay journals
  • A discoverability API layer from OJS
  • Automatic green deposit in institutional repositories via the SWORD protocol
  • Full CrossRef and CrossMark integration

Initial pilot development has focused on the typesetting mechanism and citation parsing as these can prove to be the most labour intensive points in traditional typesetting systems. As you'd expect, all code will be released under a free license with GPL compatibility.

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2 Responses to “Roadmap for Technical Pilot”

  1. September 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I find the lack of LaTeX puzzling.  It is a superior typesetting system with excellent bibliography support and support for scholarliy critical editions and now has Unicode and OTF font support (XeLaTeX).  Is there a reason why LaTeX was not chosen?

    • September 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      LaTeX was considered but the general portability of JATS was considered superior in the end. We have a comprehensive set of transforms that handle this and it is exceptionally easy for us to get to other forms (as well as giving us good forward-migration possibilities for conversion). Besides that, in many cases, the conversion to the standardised LaTeX we would need would be a lot more work (and most authors are submitting in Word format for our disciplines). I know that many people are fans of LaTeX and that you might think that one format outweighs another. In our books, it was a close call, but we went with JATS for the reasons listed here.

      Best wishes,


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