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limited vocab or a form for Reviewing Interests data?

Postby thebigchuckster » Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:07 pm

Am curious if anyone has developed or has thought about developing a plugin or hack to make greater use of the 'Reviewer Interests' field?

We are migrating our existing journals to OJS and already have some data on Reviewer's interests (in a legacy system) to aid with assigning papers for review.

What would help us is:
- Reviewers Interests data coming from a limited vocabulary (e.g. a multi-choice pick-list)
- new submissions being assigned those terms (or more expansive terms) from that same vocabulary to a field or in the keywords list
- the list of reviewers being 'short-listed' or prioritised if their interests lay within scope.

E.g. we have an interests list that has generalised top-level terms (e.g. Healthcare) with more discrete terms under that topic (e.g. Childcare, Maternity, Community, Aged Care, Disability, etc). If a paper is submitted with the top-level term used in its keywords, we would first look to all those reviewers who fall under that umbrella.

This is more about using the available data to provide suggestions for the Section Editors.

It would also regularise the data that authors add for submissions keywords and their topic expertise.

Down the track, this kind of data could be used by reporting tools to look at the topic spread of submissions/publications, reviewer ratings by expertise area, etc.

I'm tempted to get someone into do a quick hack on the Submission, Registration and Edit User forms but was wondering if someone might have already looked into something like this?
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