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[EP-tech] Re: using a creator's inital in a citation

You may be able to do this with a custom render function for the field (see below). I haven't tried this on a name field before - only text fields which don't appear in the citation - so proceed with caution!
Alternatively, look in ~/perl_lib/EPrints/Utils.pm at 'make_name_string' - this may also be useful (but will affect all fields of type 'name').
In eprint_fields.pl, add a 'render_value' to the field:
    'name' => 'creators',
    'type' => 'compound',
    'multiple' => 1,
    'fields' => [
            'sub_name' => 'name',
            'type' => 'name',
            'hide_honourific' => 1,
            'hide_lineage' => 1,
            'family_first' => 1,
            'sub_name' => 'id',
            'type' => 'text',
            'input_cols' => 20,
            'allow_null' => 1,
    'input_boxes' => 4,
    'render_value' => 'my_lovely_creator_renderer'
In another file (my_lovely_creator_rendered.pl?):
$c->{my_lovely_creator_renderer} = sub {
    my( $session , $field , $value ) = @_;
    my $frag = $session->make_doc_fragment;
#do some perl magic to return the value how you want it
    return $frag;

From: eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Chris Keene
Sent: 14 March 2012 14:40
To: eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] using a creator's inital in a citation


We are currently reviewing how we add author names in to the creators fields of eprints, e.g. do we use the same format as the official source, do we use full names, or surname and initial.


I’d like to know if it is possible to configure a eprints citation / view so that it only shows an initial for the forename, even if the field itself contains a full version of the forename?


This would allow us to store the full name where we have it, while showing a consistent citation style of author names on the public site.


Many thanks for any tips




Chris Keene
Technical Development Manager, University of Sussex Library
Contact: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/150000