at a first sight, I think preventing ppl to upload files in unlocked stages would be an excellent solution, since I totally agree with leaving the authors view the entire process is a good thing. Do you have an applicable patch for that?
Under a broader point-of-view, the problem of authors not following the guidelines is one of the most time consuming of all our journal editorial process. It's a nightmare! Since we're an international journal, and we also have a PubMed/Medline indexed print version, we must stick to the PMC image specifications requirements, and almost nobody follows those rules at first attempt.
Then, we have some other requirements we've decided just to speed up review and editing process. To give you an idea: we ask authors to put all their tables in a single supplementary file, one per page. Most of the submissions have multiple files with one table per file. 60% of the submissions don't make it to the Peer Review.
This is a sitewide problem, anyway. Authors (sometimes also SEs ) simply throw files around with no apparent logics, without even caring about the page title. Whichever form they got handy first, they will use it. I know at first it may seem hilarious, but trust me, having to deal with that everyday is a pain.
Having the capability to customize the submission process would be great, but I guess it would take too much coding. At least it would be extremely useful if there was some sort of form where the Journal Manager could consistently edit the form descriptions, so to guide users while they're in the page. I know this can be done by editing the locale.xml files, but they are really too many (and too spread arount the directory) to be consistently followed.
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