Friday, October 22, 2010

I Think I'm Finally Starting to Figure ResearchBlogging.org Out ...

I've had an account over at ResearchBlogging.org (a nifty aggregator website for posts about peer-reviewed research) for a year or two now, and though I've tried several times over this period to upload posts there, I never succeeded until today.

Even now, my success rate is nothing to be envious of --- today, I think I've tried to upload seven posts (making many separate attempts at each one, for the most part, although sometimes I get lucky and something will go through on its first or second try), and have only succeeded with four.

My problem, in case anyone reading this also posts at ResearchBlogging.org, is that the thing that scans your posts for citations can't seem to detect mine. I use their Citation Generator, and paste the code into all of my researchy posts, but for whatever reason posts I try to upload keep getting held up and flagged with "No citation" or "Error" messages.

(When I get an error message, it acknowledges that I included a citation, but it tells me the citation "cannot be parsed as XML". I have no idea what to do when it tells me this).

Anyway, here's my page at ResearchBlogging.org --- now with content! Yay!

7 comments:

Adelaide Dupont said...

I know there are automated citation sites on the web, or nearly so.

Probably change the format so that it is recognisable to the machine.

Lindsay said...

That's what I do now. I've always used ResearchBlogging's own citation-generating code, so that's not the issue.

I started to suspect that maybe my font choices were messing it up --- I use a non-default font, which inserts little HTML snippets specifying that font, and sometimes those snippets get in the middle of my citation code if I'm trying to make the citation match the body of my post, font-wise. So I re-enter the citation code, make sure no extraneous HTML is in there, and try resubmitting the post.

Sometimes it works, but not always, so there must be at least one other factor making a mess of things.

Clay said...

Urgs, too techy for me! Good luck with it though.

Casdok said...

Well done.

Adelaide Dupont said...

And there's that whole HTML/XML heirarchy law, saying which codes are more and less important.

Comes into play when designing webpages.

Lindsay said...

@Clay - yeah, to be honest it's still too Advanced Computer-Geek for me, too; even now, my method is pretty much to keep re-sending my posts through the scanner, and hope their scanner notices the citation.

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