As I'm back at working with OJS, now with a higher level of activity, I find myself in a situation where the system does not provide certain features that may have not been yet detected by all, or cannot be developed yet.
First, I'd like to discuss this here, before opening a feature request(s), because I couldn't find anything related here. At bugzilla, I found this
When submitting an article, the keywords field is an open field. Although this may seem appropriate, it would be beneficial to the section/editor to have the keywords be filled according to the Review Interests. Mostly because these researchers use well-determined keywords. Whenever a keyword is not available, the author would still be able to add it to the list, but as a suggestion. This would prevent authors from making up words. And since they themselves are researchers, their keywords should be based on tabular data for indexing, statistics and other quality control and research data.
At the submission summary page or review page, the system could automatically list probable reviewers, based on location, different institutional information AND the keywords, based on the relation to the reviewer interests. Each reviewer interest and keyword should be a database entry, enabling import/export as an ontology/thesaurii/classification system of sorts.
One of the greater problems is keeping this data updated. Reviewers only login to the system on-demand, which makes their profile outdated right off the bat once they leave and have performed one review. Integration with OpenID or similar technology could allow OxS to authenticate users in different databases (in our case, Lattes would be a reviewer database that could/should be integrated if both had OpenID) and update the user's public profile data on login or per Editor/Journal Manager/System Administrator/Cron Job request.
Why we need system integration? Because e-mail has become more cumbersome and outdated than previously anticipated. Now, people are on chats (Skype/MSN, Meebo, IMO, Hangouts/Goolge), social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook), smartphones with data plans (Whatsapp, Hangouts, and similar), and we need ways to connect with our users fast, so they know what they need to do quickly.
This brings to another idea, which is the development of a smartphone app (couldn't find one at Google Store), which will integrate with user's roles, notifying them of activities.
Are these ideas too far fetched?
Anyone has any input on this?
Ramón Martins Sodoma da Fonseca
Executive Editor of Ciência da Informação
Analista em C&T
Coordenação de Tecnologias de Informação
Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia - IBICT
Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia - MCT