[EP-tech] RIS plugin problems (utf8 and journal title)

George Mamalakis mamalos at eng.auth.gr
Fri Nov 13 10:12:26 GMT 2015

Hello everybody,

I tried to use the RIS import plugin from: 
http://files.eprints.org/741/. The plugin wouldn't accept the 
publication field from Google scholar exported entries, nor would it 
allow UTF8 encoded strings to be imported (both problems have been 
spotted from the web import functionality). So, I tried to resolve them 
myself, and I found the following corrections that seem to solve the 

diff -r d5f969263300 perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Import/RIS.pm
--- a/perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Import/RIS.pm     Fri Nov 06 11:22:06 2015 
+++ b/perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Import/RIS.pm     Fri Nov 13 11:57:54 2015 
@@ -34,7 +34,6 @@
      my( $plugin, %opts ) = @_;
      my @ids;
      my $fh = $opts{fh}; # File handle
+  binmode( $fh, ":utf8" );
      my @file = <$fh>;
      my ( %record, @records ) = ();
      my $lastkey = undef;
@@ -237,9 +236,6 @@
      # Publication title
      &_join_multiple_field_data($epdata, $entry, ['T2', 'JF'], 
'publication', ', ');
+  &_join_multiple_field_data($epdata, $entry, ['T2', 'JO'], 
'publication', ', ');
      # Series title
      &_join_field_data($epdata, $entry, 'T3', 'series', ', ');

What I've done was to change the binmode of the file (borrowed from 
BibTeX import plugin) to accept utf8 encoded strings, and I've added one 
more entry for the publication field (journal title if I'm not mistaken) 
to be based on JO rather than JF (which is how scholar returns it).

I am sending these changes to:

a) help anyone having the same problems with the specific plugin,
b) ask if these corrections are correct :), and
c) also to ask what is the proper procedure of reporting these "bugs" so 
they'll be corrected permanently (eg. contact the maintainer directly, 
indirectly, what?).

Thanks all for your answers in advance,


George Mamalakis

IT and Security Officer,
Electrical and Computer Engineer (Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki),
PhD (Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki),
MSc (Imperial College of London)

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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