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Publish articles, do I miss the trick ?

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Publish articles, do I miss the trick ?

Postby Ojser » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:19 am

Hi everybody,

I don't know if I miss the trick to deal with publishing an article or issue in OJS. In a common sense mode, I would think it should be easy but I realize it is not!
When somebody send an article, the publisher (or editor, administrator of the journal) should expect the following choices or options:
- Review, proofread or check the article (or download it) by himself,
- Send the article to a reviewer (to be selected or added to reviewer list),
- Publish the article as is, in an issue (current, future..).
So, this will correspond to three buttons should be visible in the page:
- Review (or download)
- Send to a reviewer
- Publish the article
I see that there are many confusing options that may confuse the editor or administrator. Things could not be simpler, in future version/upgrade, than they are now, with publishing options (review, proofread, publish an article) as easily accessible and visible choices in the same place?

Just an idea "towards a publishing process more intuitive and straightforward".

Regards,
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Re: Publish articles, do I miss the trick ?

Postby eblwelch » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:14 am

Agreed! Publishing an article seems to happen en route to other things, which can easily result in submissions appearing in the Table of Contents even before galleys are finalized! Overall, the whole Copyediting --> Layout --> Proofreading steps are very nonlinear and confused. Important steps like concluding each phase and authorizing galleys are folded into apparently minor actions like sending e-mails. All this really should be reorganized to make threshold activities including "Publish to Table of Contents" very explicit. Has OJS considered improving these workflow problems?
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