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Tools for using article data in Python.

Project Description


Tools for using article data in Python


  • Python 2.7
  • Python >=3.5

Non-Python dependencies

  • libxml2 (Ubuntu, Arch)

Install for users

Install via pip:

$ pip install elifetools

You might need to install libxml manually first

$ sudo STATIC_DEPS=true pip install lxml==3.4.1

To install the latest version directly from git

$ pip install git+

or you can add it to your project’s requirements.txt file


Install for developers

Clone the git repo

Make a virtualenv (optional)


$ python install

Example usage

>>> from elifetools import parseJATS as parser
>>> soup = parser.parse_document('sample-xml/elife-kitchen-sink.xml')
>>> print parser.doi(soup)

More code examples can be found in tests/

These code examples can be run with:

$ cd elifetools/
$ python -m unittest discover -s tests  -p *

and with xml output:

$ cd elifetools/
$ python -m xmlrunner discover -s tests -p *


You can run the full automated test suite from the base folder with:

$ python -m unittest discover elifetools/tests

or you can run tests with coverage:

$ coverage run -m unittest discover elifetools/tests

and then view the coverage report:

$ coverage report -m


The MIT License

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