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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more

Migrating to Open Journal Systems: A Simple Workflow

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

In part, my summer has been spent on a major project to convert two Durham-based journals onto the Open Journal Systems platform. Previously published as static HTML pages, both Postgraduate English and Kaleidoscope are now running within OJS, although not quite ready for public launch.

OJS carries all sorts of advantages for editors and contributors alike: better article visibility, better metadata, an easy way to submit and manage the editing process. However, migrating journals that have been previously published in a different format onto OJS is no easy task. It is, as I have discovered, a very time-consuming one! I've learned lots of lessons whilst converting these two journals, and have produced a simple workflow for other journal editors who are trying to migrate to OJS.

This is not the only possible workflow, though based on my experiences running down a lot of blind alleys to do with XML it is the most straightforward. The OJS documentation at the Public Knowledge Project is currently being redeveloped, and this workflow will be contributing to that. In the meantime, here in its entirety is A Simple Workflow for Converting Old Journals to OJS.

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