I'm sorry to come back to this old post but it is an important issue as I'm still encountering problems with OJS.
I mean, who prints to paper anyway?
Nobody should print now, I agree with you!
But I feel that OJS works, and intended, for the old print publishing model.
All its steps suit the print publishing, much more than simplified web publishing.
If there was only an ecological reason not to publish in paper, it would be enough not to print!
ramon wrote:Now, as to OJS's editorial process: that IS and SHOULD BE the standard process for a quality scholarly journal. Scholarly, scientific and academic journals and articles only have "validity" and quality if peer-reviewed. No one has found another process that is as democratic and "secure" (mostly to avoid political, biased publishing, but also for other security reasons). Peer-review is THE BOTTLENECK of scholarly publications, but skipping the step is not the solution, in my opinion.
I wasn't talking about peer-review process but about the "complexity" of steps and tasks in OJS.
Peer-review process could be much more simplified to take advantage of the web publishing facility.
In my mind, no need to copyeditor, section editor, layout editor and so on...! Just Editor would suffice! Even editor could be off! The publisher himself could be the editor!
Publishing is based on three elements:
-author, who submits,
-reviewer, who review, critics, correct, recommend to author,...etc
-and the publisher who publish using a template or layout he chose! But with the HTML and PDF formats, there is no much need to layouts!
If journal print is needed, all pdf files could be added to one single file with a cover image and pasta, the print journal is made!
The roles should be simplified.
It is the reviewer role to correct or ask the author to correct his paper on his own.
That said, OJS could be much easier than now, and I hope that it will be so soon, in next upgrades!
It could be less cumbersome than now by eliminating the few extra-paper-intended processes and reducing the step number to the minimum without compromising the peer-review process.
Alternatively, a light version of OJS intended only for simple peer-reviewed web publishing would be much appreciated!
The more steps in the soft, the more time consuming and the more problems in the publishing process and tasks!
"Beauty in the simplicity, isn't it"?