Journal management systems
'Journal management systems provide electronic management of peer review processes for scholarly journals. These tools promise to facilitate efficient and centralized control and/or supervision by journal staff of the submission, assignment, tracking and publication of articles through the web, as well as enabling a central archive of various tasks' *.
The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provide a listing and brief description of available journal management systems. The Open Access Directory lists free and open-source journal management software.
* Shapiro, K. (2002). Electronic peer review management. University of Michigan Scholarly Publishing Office. Retrieved from: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/78538
The editorial and publishing process workflow is automated by a journal management system. The Online Journal System (OJS) diagram (below) illustrates a typical publishing process:
When you submit your manuscript online you will usually need:
- To register with the online submission system
- To have all the elements of your submission prepared based on the required format and style in the instructions to authors. These elements may include - cover letter; title page; abstract; manuscript; supplemental material; research data details; tables, graphs, charts, and other illustrations
- The title within the character limit and subtitle (if any)
- Author details, including middle initial and affiliation (often an email address and abbreviated qualifications for each author is required)
- Details about any conflict of interest, prior publication & institutional review board approval
Want to know more?
Ware, M. (2005). Online submission and peer review systems : a review of currently available systems and the experience of authors, referees, editors and publishers. Worthing: ALPSP and William G. Town's presentation at: http://acscinf.org/docs/meetings/230nm/presentations/230nm48.pdf