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This forum is meant for general questions about the usability of OJS from an everyday user's perspective: journal managers, authors, and editors are welcome to post questions here, as are librarians and other support staff. We welcome general questions about the role of OJS and how the workflow works, as well as specific function- or user-related questions.

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Online Pre-publication

Postby gsk3 » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:35 am

Is there any convenient way to make OJS do online pre-publication? In other words, have a submission shuttled through peer review, decide when to publish it, and make it accessible through the homepage, not as part of any particular issue, listed as "Online pre-publication"? I've looked and haven't found any such feature if it exists. If not, can we have it in a future version?

Also, OJS1 had a way to skip peer review for certain sections. This would be wonderful to have back in OJS2, particularly if each article could clearly delineate whether it was peer-reviewed or not.

I can't thank you guys enough for such a wonderful bit of OSS software.
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Postby John » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:18 am

There is no formal way to offer pre-print or pre-published access to individual articles. However, all that an Editor needs to do for the article in question is to use the URL for the "View Proof" from the Layout stage on the article's Editing page. That URL will provide "preview" access to the article prior to it being published in an issue of the journal. In the meantime, we'll track interest in this feature and consider creating an explicit option for this.

As with OJS 1.X, the peer review process can be readily skipped. On the item's Review page, the Editor or Section Editor selects the original submission as the Review Version which sends it to Editor Decision where the Editor can select "Accept" and send it on to Copyedit.
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Postby gsk3 » Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:57 am

Thanks. I was hoping for more of a listed policy option so that particular sections would be peer-reviewed or not on the about page, but I guess it can just be text in the section description.

Another suggestion...it would be great if there were a rubric in the review options, so that each reviewer could rate the submission on a 0-5 scale according to certain criteria, e.g.:
Significance of Subject
Adds to Existing Knowledge
Relation to Previous Scholarship
Argument Well Developed
Organisation
Clarity of Style

Thanks again,
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Postby John » Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:22 am

The review scale proposal is a good idea and there is a group within the larger community of OJS users that has said that it is working a easily configurable version which we hope to include in a later release.
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Postby gsk3 » Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:44 am

John wrote:The review scale proposal is a good idea and there is a group within the larger community of OJS users that has said that it is working a easily configurable version which we hope to include in a later release.


Great. Thanks.
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Review system

Postby ramon » Mon Aug 01, 2005 9:00 am

Fellows,

Some Journals use a pre-formatted form for article evaluation. It would be fantastic (even though difficult to develop) a system were the editor could include a specific form in the review process, which would make it easier for the reviewers to input the data. I think I have posted this somewhere....
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More suggestions

Postby gsk3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:29 am

One problem we are having right now is separating out the reviewers who just signed up from the reviewers who we invited. Is there any way to flag this, or to create a separate review board for those who we invited and perhaps some who we move from the group who just signed up?
Also, a way to e-mail a reviewer who is not in the system yet to invite them to review a manuscript without adding them to the system would be great, so that the system reviewers can remain those who have volunteered for it.

Thanks!
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Postby John » Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:04 pm

You can turn off the right of people to enrol/volunteer as reviewers in Setup, but we do not have a way to distinguish who volunteered and who was enlisted by an editor.

You will be able, in a later release, to create a review board or panel of selected reviewers, which might go part of the way you seek.

Also, we are considering a way of enabling a Section Editor to enrol and invite at the same time (it raises security issues), which I think is important to have if possible.
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Postby gsk3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:08 pm

John wrote:You can turn off the right of people to enrol/volunteer as reviewers in Setup, but we do not have a way to distinguish who volunteered and who was enlisted by an editor.
You will be able, in a later release, to create a review board or panel of selected reviewers, which might go part of the way you seek.
Also, we are considering a way of enabling a Section Editor to enrol and invite at the same time (it raises security issues), which I think is important to have if possible.


Sounds like great solutions are on the way. Thanks.
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