I've been thinking about a new role of OJS -- Curriculum Developer. The functionality provided by the role would be for a user to create basic forms of reading/exercise/assessment materials for the other roles. For example, a new Reviewer may be given some reading materials and a quiz to help them know if they've learned what they are supposed to learn for reviewing.
I'm not the only one who has made this point. Beno's et al (ref below) proposed starting an international on-line accreditation program for reviewers. And the British Medical Journal also publishes educational material for their reviewers (http://resources.bmj.com/bmj/reviewers/ ... -materials
A Curriculum Develop could make materials to refresh Section Editors, Editors, Journal Managers, etc. An advantage of this is that through the curriculum, people presently working on one role could become increasingly ready and recognized to take on new roles.
While a journal may want to customize curriculum for their journal, some curriculum could be exchanged between journals. For example, science journals may have a unique need for a particular sort of knowledge (e.g., reviewing statistics) compared with humanities journals; or there may be unique issues every Canadian journal would be interested in compared with journals in New Zealand. So journals should be able to exchange the curriculum between journals easily (e.g., import/export feature).
The basics of the feature set would be for a CD to gather curricular material (e.g., pdfs, etc.), build modules, sequence modules into courses, and then specify who can enroll in that course (and have course evaluations). Some modules can be imported from elsewhere while some are custom made by the journal.
The end result would be a scenario like: One day a reviewer logs into the Journal of New Ideas in Medicine and goes to a Curriculum section where he works his way through a set of material on Editing. He learns that some editors provide feedback to reviewers after the review is over and he learns a bit about the unique mandate JNIM has been striving to meet in the last 10 years. After doing this and with a few reviews under his belt, the Reviewer asks the Journal manager if he could become a section editor. That's one scenario.
Would this be more than a plugin? Or is this actually a much more major addition to OJS?
Benos, D., et al,. (2007). The ups and downs of peer review. Advances in Physiology Education, 31 pp.145-152.