EDITED 2 February 2011:
Further to my message below, I realise that I should have said the 'In Editing' overview screen that Editors use to browse through articles that have been accepted for publication and need a copyeditor assigned to them. The 'In Editing' screen doesn't seem to display submissions in a logical order. I would guess that the most recent additions to the 'In Editing' queue (eg, those submissions that have the most recent date for the Accept decision being logged) would be at the very top (or bottom) of the list. This doesn't seem to be the case. Consequently, this makes it very hard for Editors to find the article they have just accepted on the 'In Editing' screen.
This being a piece of software, I can't imaging the 'In Editing' screen lists submissions in some random order - there must be a system, I just can't see what it is.
We seem to be spending quite a bit of time identifying the most recent submissions arriving on the 'in copyediting' workflow screen.
As far as my colleagues can see, there is no discernable order to how articles are listed on the 'in copyediting' screen - we would assume that the most recent additions would be at the top of the list but that doesn't seem to be the case. The problem we're having is that we need to assign these articles to different copyeditors, depending on the content, but we can't easily identify which submissions are the newest or those that don't have a copyeditor assigned at all.
Can someone enlighten us on this? There must be an order to the 'in copyediting' submission list - I just can't figure out what it is!
PS. Also, when we have assigned an article to acopyeditor it still retains its yellow highlight on the 'in copyediting' screen. What action needs to take place for it to de-highlight. Thanks!