ramon wrote:Hello all,
One of the tips we give is to add the form in the document itself or as a Supplementary File for reviewers, using Word or OpenOffice form tools.
This would provide a basic review form, that when implemented in the system could be reatroactively fed, so you keep the records.
Other things you could do is add a text form in the review fields, changing the default value of the text-area in the form (ex.: good () .. etc). Reviewers would just need to type the X on the space available. This was easier for version 1.x.
I personally prefer the Word form approach, since it's easier to maintain.
While the attachment of word / open office / pdf documents is indeed an option which we have explored in an earlier conference we hosted here, it did not generate the appropriate reactions. a) reviewers were confused about where and how to upload the edited attachments and b) conference organisers were inundated with extra organising work since most of the reviewers sent the attachments back via email, which generated additional editing and updating work on behalf of the conference organisers.
It is probably important to point out that the conference we were hosting was a conference in the business/management arena. Business and management scholars are not as much at ease with attaching documents, uploading or remembering passwords etc. as may be the case with IT scholars or engineers... We received many complaints from individuals and this forced us to rethink whether to use a commercial software package which offers pure online / custom review forms integrated into the process.
In all, I want to reinforce my view here that I consider it very important to address this lack of functionality (custom review forms, php-based & database driven online review) in an update to both OCS and OJS. I think the software is great, the lack of comprehensive online review forms is in my view the single limiting factor inhibiting further adoption of an otherwise outstanding product.
I would hope you manage to look into this feature soon. I will certainly keep checking...