The conversion workflow scripts for creating epub and Django XML input files
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This is a set of scripts which forms the central part of the conversion workflow in the Edition Open Access.

We currently accept and support manuscripts in two different formats: LaTeX and DocX (as used in Microsoft Word).

The EOA workflow

The LaTeX workflow

The LaTeX workflow is based on a reduced set of LaTeX commands which are defined in a preambel and help keeping the book production workflow consistent. A sample project is found at

The PDF version is created directly with xelatex.

For the creation of the other format, tralics is used to convert the TeX source to XML. The original DocBook output is enriched by various EOA-specific elements.

This intermediate XML file is subsequently used by three additional programs which turn it into TEI-XML, EPUB and Django-XML, respectively. The Django-XML format is ingested into the database of the EOA site where it will show up as an online publication.

The EPUB files can be put together to form an ebook. The script data/misc/ performs the required steps.

The conversion to TEI is still work in progress.

The DocX workflow

This workflow is based on Microsoft Word documents which are created following the Guidelines of a template found at Currently, the webservice at is used to convert it into TEI P5.

Similar to the LaTeX workflow we require the authors to hand in their bibliographic references in a database format, such as BibTeX. The Word template explains in detail how citations should be entered.

The script fix_tei corrects some artifacts of the oxgarage conversion and expands the shorthand codes for references and figures to XML tags.

After that, a PDF document can be obtained by using an XSL script to create a LaTeX file, or the TEI file can be converted into the customized DocBook format from above workflow so that the existing tools can be used.

Examplary workflow

To install the whole toolchain, clone at least this repository as well as the 'advanced' branch of EOA sample project. Follow the installation instructions in

In eoa_sample_project, run xelatex, biber (the version included in your TeX distribution) and xelatex two more times. This will give you the PDF version of the document.

Next, comment line 9 in EOASample.tex (the EOA preambel) and uncomment line 10 (the XML preambel) and run -f EOASample

If everything went well, you can also try and run

These scripts don't take any arguments and will produce output in the CONVERT directory.

External dependencies

See for details.