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Converts OpenAccess Journal articles to ePub

Project description

OpenAccess_EPUB is a program for converting OpenAccess Academic Journal articles into the ePub format.

OpenAccess_EPUB is currently being developed at a core level. In the course of recent revisions I have been focusing on finalizing robust PLoS support. After work on PLoS has reached a level of easily-maintained completion, I will likely turn some attention towards Frontiers, eLife, and other OpenAccess publishers.

Getting Started

To get started with OpenAccess_EPUB, one should download the source code and then navigate to the top-level directory in the source code. Then install the program with Python3 (the program’s officially supported Python version). The command shown below may or may not work verbatim, replace “python3” with the appropriate link to the Python3 executable.

For Linux users:

sudo python3 install

For Mac and Windows, enter:

python3 install

Windows systems may require additional configuration (see the wiki).

The next step is to execute OpenAccess_EPUB’s configuration script. This will allow one to define some helpful default behavior.


Using the configuration script with the “-d” flag will automatically generate the system configuration file with all default values. It should inform you of where the config file is located for inspection.

Now you are prepared to use OpenAccess_EPUB’s main script “oaepub”. The following command would instruct OpenAccess_EPUB to convert the article.xml file into an ePub file.

oaepub -i my/article.xml

Many more options are available as command line flags, and you can learn more about them by executing:

oaepub –help

How to Contribute

If you would like to contribute to the project, there are many ways to do so. If you know Python and would like to assist in development, contact me and we can discuss how you may help. Feedback regarding bugs, presentation, formatting, and accessibility are all quite valuable.


Paul Barton (SavinaRoja)

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