Tutorial for Editors - Aries Systems Corporation

Tutorial for Editors
Version 14.1 – Q4/2017
Copyright © 2017, Aries Systems Corporation
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content are finalized. Aries Systems Corporation assumes no liability or responsibility for decisions made
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therefore. Editorial Manager is a registered trademark and the property of Aries Systems Corporation
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Registration and Login ..................................................................................................... 5
Registration and Submission with ORCID ................................................................................................ 5
Login with ORCID .................................................................................................................................... 7
Role Families and Copying Existing Roles during Configuration ........................................................ 7
Single Sign-on via ORCID ........................................................................................................................ 8
Hide Preferred Method of Contact During Registration ............................................................................ 9
Proxy as User after Proxy Registration.....................................................................................................10
Switching Between Roles .........................................................................................................................10
Using the ‘Go to’ Drop-Down to Access Other Publications and Search Pages ......................................10
Multi-Language Toggle ............................................................................................................................11
Time Zone Display ...................................................................................................................................11
‘Editor Main Menu’........................................................................................................ 11
Overview of ‘Editor Main Menu’ .............................................................................................................12
Searching People and Managing People Records ........................................................ 13
‘Search People’ .........................................................................................................................................13
Searching for People............................................................................................................................13
Rules for Entering Text in Value Field ................................................................................................14
Proxy Permission ......................................................................................................................................14
People Flags..............................................................................................................................................15
Managing People Records – Update My Information ..............................................................................16
User Information.......................................................................................................................................16
Assigning Users an Editor, Reviewer, or Publisher Role .........................................................................17
Editorial Board Designation .....................................................................................................................17
Editor Description Field ...........................................................................................................................17
Personal Information ................................................................................................................................17
Areas of Interest or Expertise ...................................................................................................................18
Select Personal Classifications .................................................................................................................18
Select Personal Keywords ........................................................................................................................19
People URLs Can Be Part of a People Record ....................................................................................20
Registration Questions ..............................................................................................................................20
Alternate Contact Information ..................................................................................................................21
Notes Field in People Record ...................................................................................................................22
Detailed People Notes ..............................................................................................................................22
Ability to Send Username/Password from a User’s Record ................................................................24
Search Submissions......................................................................................................... 25
Advanced Criteria .....................................................................................................................................26
Help with Submission Searching ..............................................................................................................27
Search on Submission Flags .....................................................................................................................27
Sharing Saved Search Definitions with Other Users ................................................................................28
Search Submissions by Manuscript Notes ................................................................................................30
Editor ‘To Do’ List.......................................................................................................... 30
Additional Links Which May Be Available on the Main Menu ...............................................................31
New Submissions Requiring Assignments ...............................................................................................31
‘Send Back to Author’ ..........................................................................................................................31
‘Remove Submission’ ...........................................................................................................................32
‘Editorial Submissions in Progress’..........................................................................................................32
‘Revised Submissions Requiring Assignments’ .......................................................................................32
‘Submissions Needing Approval by Editor’ .............................................................................................32
‘Submissions Edited and Sent to Author for Approval’ ...........................................................................32
‘Submissions with Active Discussions’ ....................................................................................................32
‘New Invitations’ ......................................................................................................................................32
‘My Assignments with Decision’ .............................................................................................................32
‘My Assignments with Final Disposition’ ................................................................................................32
Preprint DOIs............................................................................................................................................33
Managing Editor Assignments....................................................................................... 33
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The PowerGrid .........................................................................................................................................33
Editor Signposting ....................................................................................................................................35
Prevention of Duplicate Submissions .......................................................................................................36
Action Link Descriptions ..........................................................................................................................38
‘View Submission’................................................................................................................................38
‘Details’ ...............................................................................................................................................38
Changing Author and Reviewer Due Dates .........................................................................................39
Discussion Forums – ‘Initiate Discussion’ ..........................................................................................40
Discussion Topic Templates.................................................................................................................47
Automatic Discussion Initiation ...........................................................................................................48
View Other Author Information ...............................................................................................................48
View Author Questionnaire Summary ..................................................................................................51
Transfer Co-Author Questionnaires ....................................................................................................52
Attachments ..........................................................................................................................................52
‘History’ ...............................................................................................................................................54
Adding External Correspondence to the Correspondence History ......................................................55
Adding an Attachment to External Correspondence ............................................................................57
Submission Flag History ......................................................................................................................58
‘File Inventory’ ....................................................................................................................................61
Other Functionality Available from File Inventory .............................................................................62
‘Edit Submission’ .................................................................................................................................64
‘Classifications’ ...................................................................................................................................65
‘Notify Editor’ ......................................................................................................................................66
‘Send E-mail’ .......................................................................................................................................66
Email Autofill for Ad Hoc Letters ........................................................................................................68
Inserting System Merge Fields .............................................................................................................68
Attach Files to Ad Hoc Letters ........................................................................................................................ 69
Additional Data in Review Status Columns .........................................................................................70
Blinding Editors on Submissions..............................................................................................................71
Submitting to the Journal as an Editor ......................................................................................................72
Editor Use Only Article Type and Editorial Submission ..........................................................................73
Assigning and Unassigning Editors ..........................................................................................................74
Editor Assigns Self ...............................................................................................................................74
Assigning or Inviting an Editor ............................................................................................................74
Assign Editor by Chain ........................................................................................................................78
Automatically Reassigning the Corresponding Editor Designation ....................................................81
Unassign Editor ...................................................................................................................................81
Reassign Editor Chain .........................................................................................................................84
Replace Editor in the Chain .................................................................................................................86
Inviting/Assigning Reviewers......................................................................................... 87
Searching for Reviewers ...........................................................................................................................89
Search for Reviewers Mode .................................................................................................................89
Search by Classification Matches Mode ..............................................................................................91
Search by Personal Classification Mode .............................................................................................92
Search for Reviewers Suggested by Author..........................................................................................94
Suggest Reviewers Mode......................................................................................................................97
Invite, Assign, Alternate, or Proposed Overview .................................................................................99
Reviewer Selection Summary Overview .............................................................................................102
Reviewers Search Section ..................................................................................................................102
Selected Reviewers Section ................................................................................................................103
Alternate Reviewers Section...............................................................................................................103
Linking Alternate Reviewers ..............................................................................................................103
Proposed Reviewers Section ..............................................................................................................103
Access to Reviewer Declined Reasons ...............................................................................................104
Other Functions Available on the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ Page ...........................................106
Register and Invite New Reviewer .........................................................................................................107
Request Unregistered Reviewer .........................................................................................................107
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My Suggest Reviewer Preferences .....................................................................................................107
My Reviewer Display Preferences .....................................................................................................107
Required Number of Reviewers..........................................................................................................107
Required Reviews Reset Event ...........................................................................................................108
Reviewer Comments Can Be Sent to Other Reviewers.......................................................................109
Modify Reviewer Deadlines ...............................................................................................................109
Visibility of Reviewer Statuses ...........................................................................................................109
Editor Access to Reviewer PDF .........................................................................................................110
Modify Manuscript Classifications .........................................................................................................113
Making a Decision ......................................................................................................... 113
View Reviews and Comments ................................................................................................................113
Reviewer Questions ................................................................................................................................114
Completing Terminated Reviews ...........................................................................................................117
Individual Reviewer Comments to Authors ...........................................................................................118
Submit Editor’s Decision and Comments ...............................................................................................119
Rating Manuscripts by Reviewers and Editors Overview ..................................................................123
Manuscript Rating Card ....................................................................................................................123
Rescinding a Decision ............................................................................................................................124
‘Notify Author’ – Sending the Decision Letter to the Author .............................................................125
Decision Letter Attachments ..............................................................................................................126
Draft Decisions ..................................................................................................................................127
Modifying Editor Decisions ...............................................................................................................128
‘Set Final Disposition’ .......................................................................................................................129
‘Linked Submissions’ .........................................................................................................................129
Creating a New Linked Group ...........................................................................................................130
Adding a Submission to an Existing Group .......................................................................................132
Linked Submissions Page ...................................................................................................................133
Letter to the Editor Functionality – Linked Submissions ...................................................................136
Invited and Commissioned Papers .............................................................................. 136
Initiating and Managing Commentaries .................................................................................................136
Initiating a Commentary ....................................................................................................................136
Search for Authors Menu ...................................................................................................................138
Initiating and Managing Proposals .........................................................................................................139
Custom Invited Proposal Numbering .................................................................................................140
Proposal Menu as Default Menu .......................................................................................................140
Initiating a Proposal ..........................................................................................................................140
Proceed and Build PDF .....................................................................................................................142
Proceed with no PDF.........................................................................................................................142
Assign to Myself and Invite Authors...................................................................................................142
Inviting or Assigning Authors for a Proposal ....................................................................................142
Search for Authors Mode ...................................................................................................................144
Author Invitation Statistics.................................................................................................................145
Additional Author Invitation Statistics ...............................................................................................146
Search by Personal Classifications Mode..........................................................................................148
Sending Author Invitations.................................................................................................................149
‘Author Selection Summary’ page .....................................................................................................151
Assign Authors ...................................................................................................................................152
Alternate Authors ...............................................................................................................................152
Automated Author Un-invite ..............................................................................................................152
Register and Invite New Author/Select as Alternate ..........................................................................152
View Related Submissions..................................................................................................................153
Search Proposals ...............................................................................................................................154
Setting Final Disposition on Proposals .............................................................................................155
Reports....................................................................................................................................................155
Enterprise Analytics Reporting (EAR) ...............................................................................................155
Kudos .................................................................................................................................................156
Bibliometric Intelligence Analysis .....................................................................................................156
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checkCIF Integration ..............................................................................................................................156
Reminders ...............................................................................................................................................158
‘Send Batch E-mail’ ...........................................................................................................................158
Exclude Users from Batch E-mail Reminders ....................................................................................158
‘Send Reminder Letters’ ....................................................................................................................159
Automated Reminders – Overview .....................................................................................................161
Automated Author Reminders ............................................................................................................161
Automatic Reviewer Reminders Report .............................................................................................162
Quick Facts about Automated Reminders ..........................................................................................164
Publication Charges Waiver Processing .................................................................................................164
Registration and Login
Registration and Submission with ORCID
User’s may not only retrieve their ORCID record, but also retrieve name and contact details from their
ORCID record. Users who select this option will experience the standard ORCID authorization interaction,
giving EM permission to read information from their profile.
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The Author is taken to ORCID sign-in.
The Author grants permission for ORCID to push their information to EM registration.
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If the data are available and not set to private in the ORCID record, the following fields will be populated
in EM:
 Given/First Name
 Family/Last Name
 E-mail Address
 Position
 Institution
 Department
 City
 State or Province
 Country
 Keywords (if configured as a Registration Field)
Corresponding Authors can be required to have an authenticated ORCID record before they can submit,
which must be configured in PolicyManager.
Login with ORCID
Click on LOGIN on the navigation banner to reach the Editorial Manager Log-In screen (see below). Some
publications have the log-in screen on main page. Enter the assigned username and password into the
appropriate fields.
Underneath the username and password are four buttons labeled as shown
Each box represents one of the four role families that EM uses to define the different levels of activity and
permissions available to people associated with the publication. Select Editor Login to be brought to the
editor main menu.
Each role family will provide the end user with a menu that covers permitted activity on the publication. It
is possible for one user to have a role from each of the four families. By default, every user has the role of
Author, which is the only role within the Author family. Each user has only one username and password,
which is required to access different role menus.
Role Families and Copying Existing Roles during Configuration
It is important to note that existing roles may be copied when configuring user roles. It is possible to
modify the permissions for new roles rather than starting from scratch in configuring roles. A ‘Copy’ link
appears next to each role in RoleManager. The following configured settings are copied to the new Editor
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role: Letters in ActionManager, Editor Form configuration, Bibliographic Searches, Shared Searches,
Production Tracking assignment capabilities (both Production Tasks and Schedule Group Tasks).
In addition to copying roles, it is also possible to copy Article Types. A ‘Copy’ link appears for each
Article Type and when an existing Article Type is copied, the new Article Type is automatically set to
‘Hidden’ and the following settings are transferred to the new Article Type:
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All options on the ‘Edit Article Type’ page (including Submission Item parameters and
Submission Item Metadata)
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Review Forms
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Editor Forms and Manuscript Rating Questions

Additional Manuscript Detail Fields associated with the Article Type
Single Sign-on via ORCID
Users who have already authenticated an ORCID with the EM user account will be able to login with their
ORCID credentials immediately. First-time Editorial Manager users will have to first authenticate their
ORCID record before successfully logging into EM.
Once Single Sign-on via ORCID enabled, an ORCID icon will display on the login page. Clicking the icon
will take the user to ORCID to verify their credentials and confirm the ORCID record to use for the login.
Once verified, assuming they have previously Authenticated their ORCID record, the user is logged into
EM.
If they have not previously Authenticated their ORCID record, EM will ask them to log in (or register)
normally – this will automatically Authenticate their ORCID record for that EM login, and they will be
able to log in via ORCID in future.
Note: The user’s ORCID password is never exposed to EM; the user is asked to log into ORCID and
authorize the login then the ORCID site provides EM with the ORCID record to use via a secure
channel.
Sample Login page with the ORCID login option
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Example ORCID login
Example ORCID authentication interaction after login
Hide Preferred Method of Contact During Registration
To reduce the burden on journal staff and to reflect the reality that most editorial contact occurs by e-mail,
System Administrators may now hide the existing author-specified Preferred Method of Contact throughout
the system. E-mail becomes the default method of contact. An e-mail address will be required for all new
registrations and must be populated when user account information is updated in EM.
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Proxy as User after Proxy Registration
Editors with proxy permission can access the standard yellow-highlighted proxy links on the confirmation
screen immediately following a successful proxy registration of a new user.
Note: This applies to proxy registrations initiated via the ‘Register New User’ link on the Editor Main
Menu and Search People – Search Results. There are no changes to proxy registrations initiated via the
Invite Reviewer or Invite Author workflows.
Sample Proxy Registration Complete Confirmation page – Editor has ‘Proxy for Authors’ and ‘Proxy for
Reviewers’ permissions and the newly registered user was given a Reviewer Role
Switching Between Roles
Text on the banner will indicate if you are not logged in to EM.
If you are logged in, the username and Editor are displayed on the navigation banner, along with a dropdown containing all roles currently assigned.
Clicking on the Role drop-down displays all roles that have been allocated to the user’s record. Selecting
any of those roles will display the appropriate EM menu.
Using the ‘Go to’ Drop-Down to Access Other Publications and Search Pages
The ‘Go to:’ drop-down allows Editors to switch easily between other publications operated by a specific
Publisher as well as quickly access search pages available based on an Editor’s permissions. If enabled, a
‘Go to:’ drop-down appears in the EM navigation bar containing a list of publications selected by the user,
allowing the user to switch directly to the desired publication. This menu may also provide access to search
functions for users configured with the proper search permissions. Search pages available via these quick
links include:
Submissions – Search Submissions, Editorial
Submissions (Production) – Search Submissions, Production
Proposals – Search Proposals
People – Search People
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For users using configured with the Cross-Publication Login feature as well as search permissions the “Go
to:” drop-down will display the Search Page section first, followed by the Publication list.
Site administrators will have access to a third section in this menu which provides a quick link to the
System Administration Functions.
Multi-Language Toggle
If your publication is configured with secondary languages, you will see a ‘language drop-down’ located on
the navigation bar. Here you may choose to display the site in a language other than the Publication’s
default language by selecting from the list of available languages. Your preferred language is recorded as
the one most recently displayed. If you switch to an alternate language, the system records your preference,
and will display the site in that language at each subsequent login.
Time Zone Display
Depending on the configuration of your publication, you may see a ‘Time Zone Footer’ frame when logged
into Editorial Manager. This displays the current site time as well as your local time. Clicking on the link
‘Site time’ brings up a pop-up window providing additional time zone information.
‘Editor Main Menu’
The ‘Editor Main Menu’ is divided into sections. For the purposes of this tutorial, the Editor role will be
referred to as ‘Editor’.
If any of the features shown in this menu or tutorial are not visible to a particular role, the publication has
not assigned that permission for the ‘Editor role’.
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Overview of ‘Editor Main Menu’
Search
The Search Menu is split into two main
areas – ‘Search Submissions’ and ‘Search
People’. It will be located on the Editor
Main Menu’ as long as the Editor has the
permission to access these features. There is
a separate section within this Tutorial that
specifically covers ‘Search Submissions’
and ‘Search People’.
Editor ‘To-Do’ List
Listed within this section are a number of
‘folders’ or ‘links’ to different menus. EM
will automatically move papers between
these folders as the paper moves through
the peer review process.
Subordinate Editor’s Pending
Assignments
Folders below this heading contain
submissions that have been assigned
to subordinate Editors. A
subordinate Editor refers to any
Editor that was assigned by another
Editor, thus appearing later in the
workflow or in the decision chain.
View All Assigned
When an editor clicks ‘View All
Assigned Submissions’, s/he will get a
list of all manuscripts that have been
assigned to all Editors for which the
Editor has not yet made a decision.
‘View All Assigned Submissions being
Edited’, will display a list of all
manuscripts that are currently being
edited.
The ‘Group by Editor with Current
Responsibility’ – contains
submissions that have been assigned
to a subordinate Editor.
Editors can send reminders and unassign them from this folder.
Submissions with Decisions contains folders of
manuscripts that have received an Editor decision
or have been given its final disposition.
‘Submissions out for Revision’ contains all
manuscripts that have been given a ‘Revise’
decision and are back in the hands of the author.
‘All Submissions with Editor’s Decision’ contains
every manuscript – including those that a user has
not been assigned to – that have been given an
Editor’s decision.
‘All Submissions with Final Disposition’ contains
all manuscripts that have a Final Disposition set.
These manuscripts are considered complete.
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Linked Submission Groups
This feature is designed to provide Editors with a
method of linking submissions together for general
reference (those that are related by Author or topic)
or to group ‘Letters to the Editor’ together.
The Action links displayed will be dependent on
the Editor Role Permissions.
Administrative Functions
Editors with specific
permissions will have access
to various higher-level
administrative functions.
Searching People and Managing People Records
‘Search People’
The ‘Search People’ link will display the following menu:
Searching for People
Choose a Criterion (Last Name, City, Institution, Personal Classifications, or People Notes, etc.). Editors
may enter two sets of criteria by changing the drop-down value 'END' to 'AND' to include a second set of
criteria.
Choose a Selector (Begins With, Contains, etc.)
Enter a Value (Type as much information as possible.)
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OPTIONAL: Choose a User Role - to narrow the search, choose the Role Family (Author, Reviewer,
Editor, and Publisher) or a particular User Role within each Role Family. The default value is ALL User
Roles.
Editors with permission to Search People may also download the search results from the search results
page.
Rules for Entering Text in Value Field
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
Selections are not case-sensitive.
To execute a 'wild card' search, enter text or press the space bar. It is not necessary to enter any
special characters (like an asterisk * or percent sign %) to execute the search. Refer to the Search
Hints below for examples.
Use the underscore character to represent any single character; for example, JO_ would match
"JOB" and "JOG" and "JON", etc.
To check for NULL (empty) fields, use "IS EQUAL TO" and "IS NOT EQUAL TO".
Note: The People Notes field cannot be used for a “wild card” type search; there must be a value
entered for the search to properly execute.
Proxy Permission
The ability to work in proxy as another user is controlled through RoleManager. The ability to proxy as
another user can be done in two ways: 1) through ‘Search People’ and 2) through the ‘Details’ page of each
Submission record.
1) Editors with permission to proxy in as someone else may execute a search and find the desired person’s
record from ‘Search People’. The Editor may then click an ‘Author’, ‘Reviewer’, ‘Editor’, or ‘Publisher’
proxy link next to the person’s name. Users with proxy permission will see the role of the person
highlighted in yellow.
The Editor is automatically logged in as that person and role, and brought to that person’s ‘Main Menu’. A
bold yellow line on the navigation bar informs the user s/he is operating in proxy mode.
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2) Proxy links are also available on the ‘Details’ page of a Submission. The following menu will be
displayed on the ‘Details’ page, where the Proxy link is visible to the side of all people associated with the
paper (Author, Editor, and Reviewers):
To exit proxy mode, click the LOGOUT button on the top navigation bar.
People Flags
Users with proper permissions will see a Set Flag icon [ ] displayed next to usernames as well as any
currently assigned flags in the search results and other areas of the interface where users’ names are
displayed.
Clicking the Set Flag icon will open a new ‘People Flags’ page displaying all Custom People Flags
configured for the publication. The user may select as many flags as appropriate for the person.
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Once selected, the flag will appear next to the person’s name in the interface. Users with View People
Flags permission will see the Set Flag icon and any set Flags displayed next to the appropriate names.
Clicking a set Flag opens the ‘Flag Legend’ page. Editors with permission may also search for users by
People Flags via the ‘Search People’ link or view the submission flag history.
Managing People Records – Update My Information
Editors with the correct permissions can modify existing People Records using the ‘Search People’ link.
Open the user’s record by clicking on the name which is hyperlinked.
The full people record will be displayed.
The user’s name, people flags, registration date, and the record’s last modified date will display on the lefthand side of the page along with the option to inactivate the account. Editors can click the white flag icon
to additional People Flags to a user’s record.
The remaining information on the ‘Update Information’ page is divided into five main areas:
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User Information
Personal Information
Areas of Interest or Expertise
Institution Related Information
People Notes
User Information
Beginning in Version 14.1, passwords are protected by what is known as a “salted hash”. Editors will no
longer be able to see a user’s username or password in the User Information area of the People Record.
(Upon registration, users choose a username and password. After registration is complete, they are sent a
Welcome to Editorial Manager email that contains their username and a link to change their password. If
their requested username was already taken by a previously registered user, they will receive a new one in
the email. All registered EM users are automatically assigned to the Author family.)
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Sample Welcome to Editorial Manager Email
Assigning Users an Editor, Reviewer, or Publisher Role
Locate the People Record. Using the drop-down next to the Role family, select the appropriate role.
Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the screen and press ‘Submit’ in order for the changes to be
reflected.
Note: A user can only be allocated one role of any Role Family. For example, a user cannot have an
Editor-in-Chief Role and a Managing Editor Role. If the Editor-in-Chief is going to perform both duties,
then either that person’s Role permissions should allow for the diverse responsibilities, or that user will
need to have two different People Records in the system (not recommended).
Note: An individual can be kept off of the Reviewer list, even if they have a Reviewer role, by clicking the
‘Is this person forbidden from being as a Reviewer’ button.
Note: It is possible for a journal to be configured so that anyone who registers on the journal will be
allocated both an Author and Reviewer Role by default.
Editorial Board Designation
Each People Record contains the ‘Is this person a Board member’ designation. If a user is a member of the
Editorial Board, click the ‘Yes’ button next to this question on the People Record.
Editor Description Field
This feature allows a journal to have a finer stratification of Editor Roles. For example, it is possible to
designate one person as Managing Editor, Europe, another as Managing Editor, North America, etc.
without having to set up separate roles with the same permissions.
If a description is added to a People Record, it is available for display on the pages where individual Editor
names are displayed.
Personal Information
This is the main section of the People Record which contains contact information. All users registering on
EM must supply a unique e-mail address. It is possible to add multiple e-mail addresses to the E-mail
Address field. Each e-mail address must be separated by a semi-colon. Personal Identifier fields such as
ORCID, ISNI, and others are also available for data entry. Publications may configure as few or as many of
these identifiers to display as they wish.
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Areas of Interest or Expertise
Publications can build a list of keywords, called ‘Classifications’, which can be used to identify areas of
expertise. This list is created by the publication, and then presented to the user so that the user can select
personal areas of expertise or interest. This same list of Classifications can also be used by the Author to
categorize their Submission. This means the system can help match Editors and Reviewers to new
Submissions. A pre-existing Classification list can be imported into EM at the data import stage.
Select Personal Classifications
Users may add personal classifications to their own record or to another user’s, by clicking on the button
‘Select Personal Classifications’.
The following menu will be displayed:
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The list of available Classifications is displayed on the left hand side. There is an option to ‘Expand All’.
This will display all sublevels of Classifications below each main Classification heading. Check the box by
the side of the classification and click ‘Select’. To remove a Classification from a user record, check the
box on the right hand side and click ‘Remove’.
Select Personal Keywords
To add personal keywords to a record, click on ‘Edit Personal Keywords’.
The following menu will be displayed:
Enter the new Keyword into the available field and click ‘Add’. The new Keyword will be displayed. To
change the Keyword, click on ‘Edit’ next to the Keyword that should be changed. The following menu will
be displayed. Enter the new value and click ‘Change’.
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People URLs Can Be Part of a People Record
People URLs can be entered in a user’s People Record. These are available from the ‘People Information’
page, and from the ‘Select Reviewer’ pages. There are three fields that can be populated with URLs. These
URLs will display as active links that will open in a new browser window when clicked.
These People URLs can be populated in two ways: 1) by data import during implementation; or 2) by
manual input by the Editorial Office or Editor on the ‘Update Information’ page. These fields CANNOT be
populated from the ‘Registration’ page, or from the ‘Update My Information’ page.
When entering a URL, the full URL must be entered (i.e., must start with http://…).
Registration Questions
EM allows users to require answers to specific questions at the time of Registration. If questions have been
configured, the question and response will appear.
Example of Registration Question and Response from User
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Alternate Contact Information
EM allows users to add Alternate Contact Information to their record. A separate menu will be displayed
when the ‘Alternate Contact Information’ is clicked.
The ‘Alternate Contact Information’ page can be accessed in one of the following ways:
1.
2.
3.
Clicking the ‘Alternate Contact Information’ link on the ‘Author Main Menu’
Clicking the ‘Alternate Contact Information’ link located on the ‘Update My Information’ page
and ‘Search People’ – ‘Update Information’ page
Clicking on a deep link inserted by the %UPDATE_ALT_CONTACT_INFO% merge field within
a system E-mail
The Alternate Contact Information page contains an Alternate Contact Notes section. Instructions for the
Alternate Contact Notes field are customizable by the Administrator. The Author can enter any information
relating to the Alternate Contact details.
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The ‘Remove this Alternate Contact Information’ button serves a different purpose than the existing ‘Stop
Using Alternate Contact Information’ button.
Clicking the ‘Stop Using Alternate Contact Information’ button sets the end date for the Alternate Contact
Information to “today’s date,” but does not clear the date fields or any of the other data that were
previously entered.
When ‘Remove Alternate Contact Information’ is clicked, the user is asked to confirm intentions.
Notes Field in People Record
A Notes box can be found in each People Record. This Notes box is a text field and can be used for any
purpose. This Notes box can also be accessible from the Select Reviewer screens and from the ‘People
Information’ page (accessed when a person’s name link is clicked). The data in this field will be visible to
an Editor.
Detailed People Notes
Detailed People Notes field is added that timestamps each note as well as records the user who added the
note and the publication on which the note is saved. A publication in a Portal-Shared group may elect to
share these new Detailed People Notes with one or more other publications within the group. The Detailed
People Notes field may be managed on the ‘Update Information’ page and notes may also be added during
Proxy Registration.
For reporting, Detailed People Notes are added to all Custom Report views, Enterprise Analytics Reporting
Views, and Cross-Publication Enterprise Analytics Reporting views that currently contain the existing
People Notes field.
Note: The Detailed People Notes field is completely separate from the existing People Notes field.
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Sample Detailed People Notes section of the ‘Update Information’ page (partial)
Editors with View Detailed People Notes permission in RoleManager can view the Detailed People Notes
created by other users on their publication.
Editors with Manage Detailed People Notes permission in RoleManager can view, add, or remove notes
created by other users on their publication.
Note: Detailed People Notes cannot be edited. Users with ‘Manage Detailed People Notes’ will be able
to make corrections by removing and adding notes.
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Sample Detailed People Notes section of the ‘Update Information’ page on a Portal-linked publication
Detailed People Notes can be used as a search criterion from the Search People, Search for Authors, and
Search for Reviewers interfaces.
Ability to Send Username/Password from a User’s Record
Editors may be given the ability to send Username/Password information to a user after searching for them.
Editor roles with the Search People and Send Username and Password permission will see a ‘Send
Username/Password’ button on the left-side of any ‘Update Information’ page. Clicking this button will email the username and password of a user using a preconfigured letter template.
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Search Submissions
Note: Editors can be given permission to search their own assigned Submission only or all Submissions.
The following ‘Search submission selection criteria’ menu will be displayed:
The default Selector and Value list may change, depending on what Criterion the user selects. The Value
box will be either a box for entering specific text OR it will contain a drop-down of already defined values
such as a list of all Article Types or Document Status Terms that have been created in PolicyManager.
Note the option to display the search results in PowerGrid.
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Two columns accommodate parenthesis functionality. A user sets evaluation priorities by enclosing a set of
search terms in parentheses. Criteria enclosed in parentheses are executed first.
The ‘Is/Is Not’ column is used to create negative statements. Selecting NOT will negate the search term.
For example, to search for all Submissions that are NOT a Letter to the Editor Article Type, use the
expression Criteria =Article Type ‘IS NOT’ Value = Letter to the Editor.
To add a second set of criteria, click the ‘Add’ button and a new row is added to the search definition table.
To delete a set of criteria, click the ‘Remove’ button. Note that removing a search row does not attempt to
re-balance parentheses within the query.
The ‘OR’ and ‘AND’ allows the user to join multiple search statements.
Search results can be sorted, and up to 100 records can be displayed at once.
The required format for date entry is mm/dd/yyyy. If the date is not entered in this format, the Editor will
be required to re-enter the date in the specified format.
Note: Additional Manuscript Detail fields can be configured to be available via the Search Submissions
interface. Please see Editorial Manager’s Help System for instructions on how to set up additional
Manuscript fields.
When the Search results are displayed they will contain all of the Action links that an Editor would
normally have access to if the record had been accessed via the ‘Editor’s To-Do’ list. This means that an
Editor can interactively work from the search results page.
Other Options available on the Search Submissions menu are the ability to remove, edit, share, and run
previously saved searches.
Editors with permission to Search Submissions may also download the search results from the search
results page.
Advanced Criteria
The Advanced Criteria options allow the user to exclude Submissions and Revisions with the Author, those
with a set final disposition, and Conference Submissions. An additional option is to include Submissions
with the Manuscript Notes flag turned on.
To turn off the filters that exclude Submissions and Revisions that are with the Author, click the Advanced
Criteria link on the Search Manuscripts page. If the ‘Save my Advanced Criteria’ checkbox is checked, the
settings specified on this page are stored and used as a filter each time a search is run. If ‘Save my
Advanced Criteria’ checkbox is not checked, the settings are reset to the default settings each time a search
is run. By default, all of the boxes will be unchecked, allowing Editors to choose the way the Search results
work.
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Help with Submission Searching
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The required format for date entry is mm/dd/yyyy. If the date is not entered in this format, the user
will be required to re-enter the date in the specified format.
When searching with date criteria, use one of the following Selectors: GREATER THAN,
GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO, LESS THAN, LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO, IS EQUAL
TO, or IS NOT EQUAL TO. The Selectors BEGINS WITH, ENDS WITH, or CONTAINS may
not be used when searching by date.
At least one set of criteria in the Value box must be entered to execute a search. The more refined
the criteria, the quicker the results will be returned.
When combining AND and OR relations, the AND relationship is evaluated first.
Selections are case-insensitive. Any mixed case value may be used.
Users can check for NULL (empty, no value) fields with "IS EQUAL TO" and "IS NOT EQUAL
TO".
Search on Submission Flags
Editors may search on Submission Flag names in ‘Search Submissions’. A Submission Flag Name option is
present in Criterion drop-down for users with View Submission Flag permission. When selected, the
‘Selector’ field automatically updates with the value ‘Equal To’, and the ‘Value’ field updates with a dropdown of all available Submission Flags configured for your publication.
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Sharing Saved Search Definitions with Other Users
Any user with proper permissions may share any of their search definitions with selected Editor Roles. All
Editors with those roles will see the shared search definition in their Search Submission page, and can run
that search.
Depending on how a publication is configured, Editor’s may be allowed to Search All Manuscripts or
Search Only Assigned Manuscripts.
Editors with whom the Search definition has been shared can then edit the Shared Search definition and
make their own copy of it – they cannot replace the original definition. The defined Shared Search will
always belong to the user who originally created it, and that is the only person that can edit the original
search configuration.
If the Shared Search is configured to show on its creator’s Main Menu, then it will also appear in the Quick
Searches section for all Editors with whom it is shared.
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Users granted this permission will see a new ‘Share Selected Search Definition’ button on the ‘Search
submissions selection criteria’ page. Select the previously saved Search Definition that is to be shared, and
click this button.
This displays a new ‘Select Roles’ page. Select each role that may run the Search to be shared, and click
‘Proceed’.
Under Search Submissions, the “recipient” Editors will see the Shared Searches appearing in the ‘Search
Definition:’ drop-down, beneath a ‘--Shared Searches--’ separator.
A Shared Search that is configured with ‘Show this Search in Main Menus’ will appear as a Quick Search
link in the sidebar of each Editor’s main menu, but there is no special indicator to tell them that this is a
link for a Shared Search.
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Note: When sharing searches that are configured with ‘Show this Search in Main Menus’, Editors should
take extra care to avoid a name that duplicates a user’s own search. Use ‘General Data Export’ under the
‘Reports’ area to view a list of all search definitions. Use the Selection Criteria to select records where the
‘Search Context Type ID’ is equal to 0.
To “unshare” a Search, a user would select the previously saved Search Definition from the Search
Definition drop-down and click the ‘Share Selected Search Definition’ button on the ‘Search submissions
selection criteria’ page. The Editor will be brought to the ‘Select Roles’ page where s/he would
uncheck/deselect any previously selected roles that were able to run the Search, and click the ‘Proceed’
button. The Search will be removed from the other users’ Search Definition drop-downs.
Search Submissions by Manuscript Notes
Users may search by Manuscript Notes from ‘Search Submissions’. This criterion will display only if the
Role has the following RoleManager permissions: View Notes on Manuscript Details or Edit Notes on
Manuscript Details.
Editor ‘To Do’ List
Direct-to-Editor New and Revised Submissions
A Publication can be configured so that Submissions go
‘Direct-to-Editor’. This is useful if there are no Editorial
Office staff.
Incomplete Submissions
If the Editor clicks on the
‘Edit Submission’ Action
link, the Submission moves
to the Editor’s ‘Incomplete
Submissions’ folder while it
is being worked on. The
PDF must be rebuilt for it
to move out of this folder.
New Assignments
The ‘New Assignments’ folder is
where Editors will find
Submissions that have been
assigned to them. Editors can
assign subordinate Editors, invite
Reviewers, or make a decision on
Submissions from this folder.
Reviews in Progress
Reviewers Invited – No Response
Folders below this heading contain
Submissions that are waiting for
Reviewer Action. These Submissions
need to have Reviewers agree/decline
invitation, or submit recommendations.
Submissions Under Review
Any Submissions with assigned
Reviewers can be found in the
‘Submissions Under Review’ folder.
From here, Editors can invite additional
Reviewers or submit an editorial
decision without waiting for a
delinquent Reviewer’s response.
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Submissions with Required Reviews Complete
This folder contains any Submission or Revised
Submission that has had all required reviews submitted or
on which a subordinate Editor has made a Decision, or
the Editor began a Decision and saved it to submit later.
Submissions Requiring Additional Reviewers
This folder contains any Submission that has fewer than
the Required Number of Reviewers invited and/or
assigned.
Submissions with One or More Late Reviews
This folder contains Submissions with Reviewers
assigned to them that accepted their invitation, but have
not yet submitted their review.
Additional Links Which May Be Available on the Main Menu
There are a number of links that only appear on the ‘Editor Main Menu’ when they contain a Submission.
When empty, they are suppressed. Also, there are a number of links that will only be displayed if the user
role has the appropriate permission. Below is a list of the links that may or may not be seen on the ‘Editor
Main Menu’.
New Submissions Requiring Assignments
When an Author submits and approves a Submission, it is placed in the folder ‘New Submissions Requiring
Assignments’. This folder contains any Submission approved by the Author, including Submissions that
have been sent back to the Author and returned to the publication. It is from this folder that the first Editor
assignment can be made. If the Submission is unacceptable, an Editor may remove the Submission by
clicking ‘Remove Submission’ (although this function is typically used for deleting duplicate Submissions).
Alternatively, it may be sent back to the Author to be edited and resubmitted by clicking ‘Send Back to
Author’.
Note: Publications may allow Editors access to a third-party tool called Author Resolver. When
enabled, Editors are able to access a concise version of any given Author’s profile in the COS
Scholar Universe database. This tool can be valuable in deciding how to proceed with a
submission or when selecting an Author from whom to invite a submission.
‘Send Back to Author’
‘Send Back to Author’ is used to return a Submission back to an Author before a Submission is given a
manuscript number.
An Action link is available in the folders labeled ‘New Submissions Requiring Assignment’ and ‘Revised
Submissions Requiring Assignment’. The Action link is labeled ‘Send Back to Author’.
Editors can choose from multiple letters when sending the Submission back to the Author. The letters may
be customized before sending.
Note: This feature is not designed to be used for making REVISE decisions. This feature is primarily used
for administrative purposes, such as missing files, incorrect formatting, etc.
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Note: Submissions that are sent back to the Author will get a new Initial Date Submitted date when the
Author resubmits the manuscript.
‘Remove Submission’
Editors have the same ability that Authors have to remove Submissions. Removing a Submission can only
happen BEFORE an Editor is assigned and/or before it is given a manuscript number.
Any Editor allowed to Receive New Submissions has a ‘Remove Submission’ Action link. When the Editor
clicks the link, the system will prompt a warning, ‘Are you sure you want to remove this Submission?’.
Upon clicking ‘OK’, the Editor is brought to the ‘Customize Removed Submission Letter’ page where the
Editor may customize the letter sent to the Author upon the removal of the Submission. When the letter is
sent (by clicking ‘Send’) the Editor is shown the ‘Removal Confirmation’ page and the Submission is
completely removed from the system.
Note: This feature would be used primarily to remove duplicate or false Submissions before Editors and
manuscript numbers are assigned. Otherwise a Submission is removed by setting a Final Disposition of
Withdraw.
‘Editorial Submissions in Progress’
The ‘Editorial Submissions in Progress’ folder contains any Submission that an Editor has submitted using
the ‘Submit Manuscripts as an Editor’ permission.
‘Revised Submissions Requiring Assignments’
The ‘Revised Submissions Requiring Assignments’ folder contains revised Submissions that have been
approved by the Author but still need to be assigned to an Editor.
‘Submissions Needing Approval by Editor’
This folder contains any Submission that was edited by the Editor, but the PDF was subsequently rebuilt
and has not yet been approved or sent back to the Author. This folder is suppressed if there are no
Submissions in it.
‘Submissions Edited and Sent to Author for Approval’
If Editors edit a Submission and want the Author’s approval, they do so before a handling Editor is
assigned. Once a Submission has been sent back to the Author for approval, this is the folder in which the
Submission is found. This folder is suppressed if there are no Submissions in it.
‘Submissions with Active Discussions’
If an Editor is participating in an active discussion using the Discussion Forums feature, the Submission on
which the discussion is active will appear in this folder.
‘New Invitations’
This folder contains any Submission or Revised Submission that an Editor has been invited to handle. The
Editor may either Agree or Decline to handle a Submission from this folder. This folder is suppressed if the
Publication assigns, rather than invites, Editors to handle Submissions.
‘My Assignments with Decision’
The ‘My Assignments with Decision’ folder contains all Submissions on which the assigned Editor has
made a decision.
‘My Assignments with Final Disposition’
The ‘My Assignments with Final Disposition’ folder contains all Submissions of the assigned Editor that
have been assigned a final disposition.
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Preprint DOIs
Recently, many organizations have begun to post preprint versions of manuscripts online; these are
working versions of papers that have not been refereed or reviewed yet. A publication can configure PM to
automatically assign a “Preprint DOI” completely independent of the final published DOI for the
Submission. A submission production task triggers the Preprint DOI assignment, and can be used to
transmit the Submission to a preprint server. The Preprint DOI is included in Submission transfers to other
EM and non-EM sites. The Preprint DOI can be configured to display on the following pages in EM:
1. A Custom Details page
2. The Transmittal Form
3. Publish Information
4. Production Status Grid
Managing Editor Assignments
The Action links that display are determined by the set of permissions assigned to a specific role. Links will
only appear where it is appropriate to use them or where the user has permission to use them. Clicking on
the ‘New Assignments’ link displays a list of new assignments; each Submission will have its own set of
Action links.
The PowerGrid
Users may have the option to use an optimized, customizable interactive grid in several folders. On this
grid, users are able to freeze columns for easier horizontal scrolling, hide inapplicable columns, reorder
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active columns by dragging & dropping to the desired location, and change the width of columns. Use of
the interactive grid is controlled by a ‘Display search results in PowerGrid’ option on the ‘Search
Submissions selection criteria’ page.
Note: Display search results in PowerGrid is enabled by default. Users who wish to use the traditional
grid must de-select the checkbox at the top of the ‘Search submissions selection criteria’ page before
executing a search.
Sample Search Submissions – Search Results page with interactive grid
Navigating the grid offers a more modern, streamlined experience. A ‘Quicklinks’ menu in the upper left
corner expands when the cursor is placed on it to reveal links to the user’s Main Menu, as well as the
option to switch to Production Tracking features if the user has permission. Additionally:
A disk icon (
) allows the user to save the Search Criteria for future use.
A download icon (
) allows the user to download the Search results.
A magnifying glass icon (
modify the criteria.
A gear icon (
) brings the user back to the Search Criteria page to conduct a new Search or
) on the far right of the grid allows the user to hide or fix columns on the grid.
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Sample interactive grid after clicking the gear icon – the Grid Options pop-up allows the user to select
which columns to freeze or hide
Editor Signposting
A visual cue, using the colors green, orange, and red, to indicate submissions that are on time, need
attention, or late, respectively. These cues make it easier for Editors to ensure submissions in the workflow
don’t fall behind schedule. These appear next to the folder name and also in the power grid for each
submission. You set the thresholds in days for what needs attention or is late. You can include these in
Automated Editor Summary Reminders using merge fields.
Folder view with Editor signposting enabled
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Grid view with Editor signposting enabled
Prevention of Duplicate Submissions
Three features help Editors identify potential duplicate Submissions:
1. The Author’s name in each Editor folder (and on the Details screen) is a link to the Author’s ‘People
Information’ page. Thus, the Editor is able to check all prior Submissions made by that Author and
manually identify if the Submission is a duplicate.
2. The Editor can be warned, through a visual prompt ( ), if the Author has submitted a manuscript in the
past X number of days. The “D” indicates a potential duplicate. This prompt appears to all Editors with
access to the following folders: ‘New Submissions Requiring Assignment’, ‘Direct-to-Editor New
Submissions’, and ‘New Assignments’. The prompt displays next to the Author name. The Editor may
click the Author’s name to see other ‘Authored Submissions’ by the Author.
3. Publications may choose to configure a more robust Duplicate Submission Checking feature, with the
added option of applying it to only certain Article Types. When this feature is enabled, upon receipt of a
New or Revised Submission (or an Edited Submission) of a configured Article Type, the Article Title of
the triggering Submission is used as a search argument against the Article Title and Abstract of all
Submissions already submitted to the publication, and the Author list of the triggering Submission is used
as a search argument against the Author lists of Submissions previously submitted to the publication.
When enabled (in PolicyManager), the Duplicate Submission Check query is run during the following:
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New Submission Sent to Publication
New Child Submission Sent to Publication
Revised Submission Sent to Publication
Author Returns Submission to Publication
Editor Approves Edited Submission
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Note: The Duplicate Submission Checking feature is only run when the above events are triggered going
forward; when enabled, Duplicate Submission Check results will not display for already existing
Submissions.
When the Duplicate Submission Checking feature is run on a Submission, three scores are returned for each
similar Submission, and an overall EM Duplicate Score is calculated. It is important to note that the EM
Duplicate Score is a relative measure of the similarity between the triggering Submission and the
Submissions returned as the results of the query. These scores are:
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Article Title Similarity – 40% of the total score
Author Similarity – 30% of the total score
Abstract Similarity – 30% of the total score
A ‘Duplicate Submission Check Results’ Action link displays for the Submission in most Editor Folders
(such as ‘New Submissions’, ‘New Submissions Requiring Assignment’, ‘Revised Submissions’, ‘Revised
Submissions Requiring Assignment’). Next to this link, the highest “EM Duplicate Score” of all possible
matches displays in parentheses. If the Publication has configured a Duplicate Score Threshold in
PolicyManager, and the highest identified Duplicate Score meets or exceed the threshold, the EM
Duplicate Score will display in red text to visually alert the Editor.
Sample ‘New Submissions’ folder
Clicking the ‘Duplicate Submission Check Results’ link opens the ‘Duplicate Submission Check Results’
page. This page displays up to 20 potential duplicate Submissions, based on the comparisons between
Article Title, Author List, and Abstract. These are listed in order from the highest “EM Duplicate Score” to
the lowest (though only the highest EM Duplicate Score is displayed above the grid). For each Submission
in the results set, each of the three scores is displayed, with a visual bar graph representing the score. If the
individual result score is over the configured threshold, the bar displays as red, otherwise it displays as
green.
Note: Although the value is calculated and stored for each Submission in the results set, only the highest
score is displayed as the EM Duplicate Score next to the ‘Duplicate Submission Check Results’ link and
on the ‘Duplicate Submission Check Results’ page.
A PolicyManager option, Set Number of Days for Duplicate Submission Check, allows the publication to
define how far back the system should check. If the Number of Days is set to zero, no check is performed.
Note: The duplicate Submission prompt only shows if the past Submission was actually submitted (e.g., it
would ignore Submissions that were created by the Author and then abandoned without being submitted to
the journal).
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Note: The check occurs only when a NEW Submission is received. It does not occur when revisions are
received, and any revisions received are not counted as potential duplicate Submissions.
Action Link Descriptions
‘View Submission’
This link opens the PDF that the Author has submitted. EM creates two PDFs; one is for the Author/Editor
and one is for Reviewers. The ‘View Submission’ link will open a new window, from which the user may
select which version of the Submission s/he would like to view.
‘Details’
Clicking on the ‘Details’ link brings up a table of information about the Submission, including the name of
the Corresponding Author and E-mail address, Author comments, a list of Other Authors who contributed
to the Submission, Category, Keywords, Date Submitted, Status Date, Current Status, Final Disposition (if
any has been given), and a list of all Editors and Reviewers who are assigned. The ‘Details’ page also
allows an Editor with the proper permissions to initiate and manage a Discussion Forum between multiple
Editors.
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Note: A ‘Similarity Check’ link is available for inclusion on custom ‘Details’ pages allowing Editor or
Publisher Roles to access the similarity results.
Changing Author and Reviewer Due Dates
Editors can change the Reviewer due dates via the ‘Details’ link by clicking on the calendar icons next to
Date Review Due within the Reviewer details section of the ‘Details’ page (see screenshot below).
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Note: All due dates are originally calculated based on how the individual article types have been
configured.
Discussion Forums – ‘Initiate Discussion’
The Discussion Forums offer a side-bar conversation where Editors can pose questions and post comments
without delaying the editorial or production process in any way. Editors may be allowed to invite other
Editors to participate in an informal discussion (e.g., second opinion, editorial consultation) of an
individual Submission. A discussion can be initiated at any point in the workflow, and is tangential to the
editorial workflow of Editor Assignment, peer review, and Editor Decision.
Note: If a publication wants to effectively ‘freeze’ the editorial process while a Submission is out for an
informal discussion, this would be achieved by not assigning Editors or inviting Reviewers until the
discussion thread is closed.
An Editor with Manage Discussions permission can initiate a discussion for a particular Submission.
Discussions may be launched from the Submission’s ‘Details’ page or from the Action link when viewing
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the Submission in most folders by clicking the ‘Initiate Discussion’ link. The Editor can initiate a
discussion on any Submission to which s/he has access.
Partial page display of sample folder
Partial page display of sample ‘Details’ page
If clicking the link from the ‘Details’ page, the Editor will be warned to save any changes they may have
made on the ‘Details’ page before proceeding. After proceeding, the Editor is brought to the ‘Initiate
Discussion’ page. On this page, all users with an Editor role are listed for the initiating Editor to choose.
All users with an Editor role are available for invitation to the Discussion; no additional permission is
required for Editors to participate. After selecting Editors to join the Discussion, the Editor determines if
these Editors may have access to any Reviews and Comments that may be attached to the Submission, and
if they may be allowed to download any files related to the Submission (if they are not in the Editor chain).
The inviting Editor must enter the Initial Comments, and after selecting at least one person to participate,
the Editor clicks either the ‘Start Discussion without Sending Letters’ button or the ‘Proceed to Customize
Letters’ button. If the site has configured Discussion topic templates for use, the Editor may choose to use
one of the templates prior to starting the Discussion.
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If the initiating Editor clicks the ‘Proceed to Customize Letters’ button, they are brought to the ‘Confirm
Selections and Customize Letters’ page where the selection of Editors can be confirmed and the letter can
be customized which will be sent, asking them to participate in the discussion:
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When the letters are confirmed and sent, the Editors will be invited to participate in the Discussion.
If the Editor clicks the ‘Start Discussion without Sending Letters’ button the Discussion is opened, but
letters will not be sent.
In either path, if the publication is using existing Submission Flag functionality, users with RoleManager
permission to Turn On Submission Flags can set a flag immediately on the ‘Discussion Participants
Confirmation’ page to indicate there is a discussion associated with the Submission. This flag is displayed
to appropriately authorized users and can be turned off and searched via Search Submissions per existing
functionality.
Letters associated with Discussion Forums belong to a Letter Family called Discussion Forum. There are
two merge fields available for use exclusively with Discussion Forum letters:
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%DISCUSSION_POST% - Inserts the comments posted in the Initial Comments box for a new
discussion, or the most recent Comments posted by a participant in an open discussion.
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%DISCUSSION_DEEP_LINK% - Inserts a deep link to the discussion in the letter asking an
Editor to participate in a discussion, or a reminder e-mail that is sent via the ‘Send E-mail’ link on
the ‘Discussions’ page.
Once a discussion has been initiated and Editors are asked to participate, the Submission is displayed to all
participants and the initiator in a new Submissions with Active Discussions folder. This folder is displayed
on the Editor To-Do List at the end of the Pending Assignments list on the ‘Editorial Main Menu’. If the
logged-in Editor is not participating in any active discussions, this folder does not display.
The circumstances under which this folder displays are summarized as follows:
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If the Editor is a participant in an active discussion for a Submission (that is, he/she was asked to
participate; he/she may or may not yet have posted a comment), the folder displays with all of
those Submissions.
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If the Editor has Manage Discussions permission, the folder also displays Submissions with an
active discussion where the Editor has initiated the discussion.
Note: If the Editor viewing this folder is also in the Editor Chain for a submission, he/she will see a ‘Go
To Submission’ link for that Submission. Clicking this link takes the user to a Search Submissions
results page for that Submission where he can perform other tasks on the Submission he/she is assigned
to (i.e., assign another Editor, invite Reviewers, make a decision, etc.).
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An indicator is shown next to the folder if there are unread discussion posts.
Editors may access the ‘Discussion’ page for a Submission on which they are a participant by clicking the
‘Discussion’ link for a Submission from the ‘Submissions with Active Discussions’ folder, by clicking the
deep link in the letter asking them to join the discussion, or by clicking the ‘Discussion’ link on the
‘Details’ page of the Submission. In cases where multiple discussions exist for a Submission, the Editor
with be directed to a page listing all available discussions.
Multiple Discussion Threads
On the ‘Discussions’ page, participants can:
a)
Post a Comment – Notification of the comment will be sent automatically to the discussion
initiator if a notification letter is selected on the Configure Discussion Forum Settings page in
PolicyManager.
b) View all other participants’ comments.
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On the ‘Discussions’ page, the initiator of the discussion or an Editor with Manage Discussions permission
can:
a)
Post a comment
b) View all participant comments
c)
Modify participant access to ‘View Reviews and Comments’ and ‘Download Files’
d) Remind a participant to post a comment (Send E-mail link)
e)
Add more participants to the discussion
f)
Conclude (close) the discussion for the Submission. Once a discussion has been concluded, it
no longer appears in the ‘Submissions with Active Discussions’ folder. However, all
participants and the initiator have continued visibility to the entire discussion thread on the
‘Discussions’ page via ‘Details’, even after the discussion is closed.
g) Re-open (initiate) a concluded discussion to continue the previous discussion or start another
discussion for a new topic
h) Editors with proper permission can also manage flags directly from the ‘Discussions’ page
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Note: The ‘View/Print All’ button is located on the ‘Discussions’ page to allow users to view all
expanded posts. This also allows users to print the entire discussion, if desired.
E-mail Letters can be configured to be sent for the following activities:
a)
An Editor is asked to join a discussion: Upon inviting Editors, the initiator has the opportunity
to send out letters. A default letter may be selected in PolicyManager.
b) A comment is posted: Each time a comment is posted by a participant, e-mail letters may be
configured to be sent either to the discussion initiator only or to every active participant
depending on the configuration of a journal by its administrators.
A Submission can have only one discussion associated with it. If an Editor wishes to initiate a second
discussion (i.e., another topic) for a particular Submission after the initial discussion has been concluded,
the discussion can be re-opened with a different comment, and additional participants (or the same
participants) can be invited to participate in the discussion. All of the comments and posts are stored in a
single ‘stream’ for that Submission, providing complete visibility to all comments in a single location.
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Concluded discussion
All discussion posts;
prior discussions and
new discussions.
Participants of prior discussions are
in grey italics. Participants of current
discussion are available for change.
Discussion Topic Templates
Publications may configure Discussion Topic Templates to be used by Editors as a starting point for
creating a new Discussion Topic. Discussion Topic Templates can be used for simplifying the discussion
initiation process, providing a set of topics to “standardize” discussions and reduce the need to re-type
information that is used for frequent discussions.
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Publications can make Discussion Topic-specific configurations, such as selecting letters that are sent, or
pre-configuration participant access options. These settings are particularly useful when used in
conjunction with the Automatic Discussion Initiation feature.
Automatic Discussion Initiation
Publications may configure discussions to be automatically initiated when an Invited Editor (of a
configured Role) accepts an invitation to handle the Submission. Publications may configure specific
Article Types to have discussions automatically initiated when Editors with selected Roles accept
invitations to handle Submissions. When the discussion is automatically initiated, it is set up as follows:
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The Editor who accepted the invitation becomes the discussion participant.
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The Editor who invited the Editor becomes the discussion Initiator
Note: This Editor Role must have Initiate and Manage Discussions permission.
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The discussion is based on the Topic Template selected for the Article Type/Editor Agree to
Assignment combination in PolicyManager.
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A letter (configured on the Discussion Topic Template) is sent to the Editor participant
alerting them that s/he has been asked to participate in the discussion.
Note: No letter is sent to the Initiator.
The discussion Initiator does not need to take any action. Once the Topic is started, the discussion Initiator
may manage the Discussion Topic as usual (add/remove participants as desired, conclude the Discussion
Topic, initiate another discussion, etc.), and participants may read and post comments.
When multiple Discussion Topics are initiated automatically, a Submission may have multiple discussion
threads with the same Topic name, discussion Initiator, or date initiated.
To assist in distinguishing between these Discussion Topics when users access the ‘Discussions’ page, an
Initial Participant column is displayed. This column will display the Invited Editor, as this is the initial
participant in an automatically initiated discussion. This column is empty for discussions started manually.
View Other Author Information
If Other Authors have been required to register and verify that they are Co-Authors, the ‘Author Status’
link displays on the ‘Technical Check’ page and in the Other Authors section of the ‘Details’ page layout.
This link is visible to all Editors, though its appearance will depend on how the Manage Other Authors
permission has been configured.
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Sample ‘Details’ page layout
Clicking the ‘Author Status’ link opens a pop-up window that displays any Authors listed for the
Submission and their current confirmation status.
Sample ‘Author Details’ page; Editors without Manage Other Authors permission
The display is slightly different for Editors with Manage Other Authors permission and provides Action
links enabling the Editor to take action on the listed Other Authors and their status.
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Sample ‘Author Details’ page
These Action links are placed in the Options column. From here the Editor can access the ‘View Author
Details’ page, view the Author responses to Submission questions, and reset the confirmation status of an
Author, discarding all previous responses to the questionnaire in the process after which the Editor can
resend the request for authorship confirmation.
With Manage Other Authors permission, the Options column will hold the following links (as applicable):
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‘View Author Details’: This link displays for all Authors and links to the ‘View Author
Detail’ page for that Author.
‘View Questionnaire Responses’: This link displays the responses submitted by an
Author for any Author questions they’ve been asked during Submission or during
verification.
‘Reset Confirmation Status’: This link displays if the Author has already responded to the
verification request. Editors may use this link to reset the confirmation to ‘No Response’,
allowing the Author to change their response.
‘Resend Letter’: This link displays if an e-mail letter has been sent to this Other Author,
but they have not yet responded, or if the Editor has reset the response status. Clicking
the link sends a new letter to this recipient only.
‘Request Confirmation’: This link displays if for any reason a notification has not yet
been sent to this Other Author. Clicking the link sends the e-mail letter configured for the
Author role at the ‘Notify Other Authors’ event to this recipient, and any letters
configured to be sent at this event to Editor or Publisher roles.
If there are multiple Authors from whom confirmations have not been received, the Editor may use the
‘Send Letters’ button at the bottom of the page to re-trigger the ‘Notify Other Authors’ event. Letters
configured for the event will be sent to any Other Authors who have not responded, as well as any Editor or
Publisher roles configured to receive letters at this event.
Additionally, Editors with the correct permissions may also choose to edit a Co-Author’s e-mail address via
the edit link on the ‘Author Details’ page.
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View Author Questionnaire Summary
For Editors with the permission to Manage Other Authors, an Author Questionnaire Summary section may
appear on the ‘Details’ page when a Submission has an Author Questionnaire configured for either the
Corresponding Author or Co-Authors. This section contains a ‘View Author Questionnaire Summary’ link.
Clicking this link opens the ‘Author Questionnaire Summary’ page, where the user can see the responses
from all Authors (Corresponding and Co-Authors) who have answered an Author Questionnaire. The
questions are displayed in a grid containing all Author Questions and the associated Responses for each
Author. You can associate submission flags with submission questions, and these flags can be set to display
automatically based on the Author’s response.
If a Question is not presented to a particular Author (if an Author is added on Revision, for example, and
the Author Questionnaire is different), the Response area is shaded with dark grey.
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If any Responses are more than 500 characters, then ‘(more…)/(less…)’ links display in that cell, allowing
the answer to be expanded. Additionally, ‘Expand All/Collapse All’ links are available above the grid to
expand or collapse all Answers greater than 500 characters.
Transfer Co-Author Questionnaires
When one EM publication transfers Submissions to another, responses previously provided by verified CoAuthors to the Author Questionnaire are transferred to the receiving EM site. This way the Co-Author does
not have to re-enter responses on the receiving site. The Co-Author is presented with the Author
Questionnaire from the receiving site, prepopulated with transferred responses.
Attachments
Editors with the Upload Attachments permission now have the option of uploading an attachment at any
time by following the ‘Attachments’ link on the ‘Details’ page. Access to these attachments can be granted
to both Authors and Reviewers. Reviewers will receive access when invited to review a Submission, while
Authors will have access once a decision is reached. When viewing all attachments on a Submission, the
Editor will see files uploaded by Editors as well as Reviewers.
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Clicking the ‘Attachments’ link opens the ‘Attachments’ pop-up page for the Editor. Any existing
attachments are displayed in the bottom area. If there are no attachments yet, the message “There are
currently no Attachments” displays. To attach a file, the Editor clicks the ‘Upload Attachment’ button.
In the Upload Attachment window, Editors may enter a description of the file, use the ‘Browse…’ button to
locate the file, and determine the Viewing permissions; is this attachment for Reviewers only, for Authors
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only, or for both? If neither option is selected, the attachment will only be available for other Editors with
Download Attachments or Upload Attachments permission. Clicking the ‘Attach this File’ button
completes the file upload process.
After uploading the file, it displays at the bottom of the page. If the Editor has uploaded the wrong file, the
‘Remove’ link can be used to remove the file on this page. Clicking the ‘Proceed’ button returns the Editor
to the ‘Attachments’ page.
The ‘Attachments’ page now displays the attachment(s) available for this Submission. The Editor may
change viewing properties here, upload a revised version of the file, or remove it.
Note: Publications may choose to “sanitize” attachments, a process which removes personal
information appearing in the document properties of a Microsoft Office or PDF file. This is available
through administrative configuration.
Note: When an archive file is uploaded, the system checks the Do Not Unpack Archive files of this Type
setting in PolicyManager. If this option is selected for a selected File Type, the archive file will not be
unpacked, and is stored as a packed file.
‘History’
Clicking ‘History’ displays the Status History and Correspondence History of a Submission (see below).
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The Status History displays the date the Submission entered into each status event while the
Correspondence History details the letters that were sent out by the system as a Submission moves through
peer review. Clicking on the name of the letter displays the text of the letter as it was sent to the user.
In addition to viewing the letter, users with proper permission will have the option of resending the letter
with edits by clicking the ‘Edit and Resend’ button which appears in the new window.
Adding External Correspondence to the Correspondence History
Editors may be given permission to manually add External Correspondence entries (an item of
correspondence, such as an e-mail, received outside of Editorial Manager) to the history of a Submission,
where they can be viewed alongside internally generated correspondence.
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Editors with Add/Edit External Correspondence permission will see an ‘Add Editorial Correspondence’
button at the top of the ‘Correspondence History’ section of the ‘History’ page.
Clicking this button will bring the Editor to the ‘Add/Edit External Correspondence’ page.
Editors may set the date and time (US Eastern Time) of the correspondence, enter a Description for the
correspondence (a required field), the sender (‘From’) and recipient (‘To’) of the letter, the subject line, and
the contents of the letter. If the publication is using the Attachments feature, Editors may also add
Attachments to the External Correspondence record.
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Editors may also use the External Correspondence feature to note that a phone call was received, such as an
Author calling to check on the status of a Submission. In this example, the Editor could use the ‘Add
Editorial Correspondence’ button, and enter a description of ‘Phone: Status Query from Author’, and the
date/time of the call to record it.
If a publication allows Authors to view the Author-related correspondence history, Editors will be able to
grant Authors access to External Correspondence as it is added. When an Editor adds correspondence they
will see the Display in Author’s Correspondence History check box on the ‘Add/Edit External Editorial
Correspondence’ page. By marking off this option, the letter will be visible to the Author.
Note: The default behavior is to make External Correspondence invisible to the Author.
Adding an Attachment to External Correspondence
To add an attachment, click the ‘Add/Change Attachments’ button. This will open a new window in which
you will be prompted to browse your computer for the file. Once the file is selected, click the ‘Add This
File’ button to complete the process. An Editor may return to the letter at any time via the Correspondence
History and add or remove any attachments.
Once the file has been added, click ‘Proceed’ to return to the ‘Add/Edit External Correspondence’ page.
There the Editor can return to tweaking the text of the External Correspondence or click the ‘Submit’
button to save the letter and add it to the history of the Submission. The new piece of correspondence is
inserted into the list chronologically. The text ‘(External)’ is displayed next to the letter link identifying this
letter as External Correspondence.
This correspondence is then visible to all users with View Editorial Correspondence History permission.
Editors with Add/Edit External Correspondence permission may also remove or edit these external
correspondence items, if desired.
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Submission Flag History
Submission Flag History is recorded for each Submission (depending on the individual flag configuration).
The Flag History will record and show when each flag was turned on and off for the Submission. A
RoleManager permission View Submission Flag History is required to view historical flag information in
the interface.
Once enabled, a Submission Flag History section is added to the following pages:
 Correspondence History
 Submission Flags pop-up
 Flag Legend pop-up
The Submission Flag History shows each flag icon (and flag description) that has ever been turned on for
the Submission. The following additional information is also shown:
The revision number of the Submission when flag was turned on.
The date the flag was turned on and the operator who turned it on.
The date the flag was turned off (if it has been turned off) and the operator who turned it off.
The number of days the flag was turned on. If the flag is still being used, the number is displayed
in parentheses and in red text to indicate the elapsed number of days.
Additionally:
o Only flags configured to Display in History are shown in the interface. However, the flag
history is captured in the database.
o If the flag is turned on/off multiple times, each occurrence is captured and displayed in a
separate row.
o Flags that have never been associated with the Submission are not shown, to avoid
cluttering the page.
o The flag description is written into the Flag History as text, in case the flag description is
ever changed in the future.
o If a user was proxying for another user when turning the flag on or off, it is designated as
such in the grid.
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Sample ‘Correspondence History’ page; Submission Flag History has been enabled in PolicyManager and
the user has permission to view the flag history
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Sample Submission Flags pop-up; user has permission to view Submission Flag History
The Submission Flags pop-up is accessed by a user with appropriate permission clicking the Set Flag icon (
), any flag currently associated with a Submission on the ‘Details’ page, or the ‘Add/Edit Submission
Flags’ link on the ‘Details’ page.
The ‘Flag Legend’ page is available for users who are able to view flags, but do not have permission to turn
Submission Flags on or off. If the user also has the View Submission Flag History permission, they will be
able to see historical flag data on the ‘Flag Legend’ page.
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Sample ‘Flag Legend’ page for user with permission to View Submission Flags and Submission Flag
History
‘File Inventory’
‘File Inventory’ provides access to the individual source files of the Submission and Companion Files, as
well as providing additional basic information about the files.
Submission Items can be downloaded separately by clicking the ‘Download’ link or together in a .zip file.
Use the Select checkboxes to mark off the files to be included in a .zip file and then click the ‘Download
Selections as Zip File’ button. Similar access is available for Companion Files.
Companion Files can also be uploaded and downloaded on the ‘File Inventory’ page by clicking the
‘Upload Companion File’ button.
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Other Functionality Available from File Inventory
‘Crosscheck’. CrossRef members who have agreed to participate in the CrossCheck plagiarism detection
service may access CrossCheck through the ‘File Inventory’ page. This feature must be enabled by an Aries
Account Coordinator.
If automatic transfer is not configured, this feature allows Editors and Publishers (as configured in
RoleManager) to save Submission files locally, launch a new CrossCheck window, upload those files to the
CrossCheck website, and run similarity checks.
After selecting files on the ‘File Inventory’ page, an Editor or Publisher with Initiate CrossCheck
permission may click the ‘CrossCheck’ button to download the selected files to their computer and launch a
new window to the CrossCheck login page.
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When automatic transfer is enabled, files are deposited into iThenticate directly. Editors can select files
from the File Inventory and ask the system to CrossCheck those files. The files will be transferred to
CrossCheck, and the system will periodically check for the completed Similarity Report. In addition to
selected Submission files, the Editor can choose to send the Reviewer PDF. This may be useful for
depositing file types not yet supported by CrossCheck.
Note: When creating Groups and Folders in iThenticate, you must use at least one alpha character in the
Name, though numeric characters may also be used.
Submissions where files have been sent to CrossCheck using automatic transfer will display a
‘CrossCheck/iThenticate Results’ link. The maximum Similarity Score value associated with the
Submission will display if that score exceeds a configured threshold value.
Additionally, the ‘Technical Check’ page displays a link where it is possible to view CrossCheck results
and a button which can trigger a CrossCheck deposit of the Reviewer PDF.
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Companion Files. Also available within the File Inventory Menu is the option to Upload or Download
Companion files. Companion files are not built into the PDF and are a useful way to upload files that need
to be associated with the Submission, but do not need to be seen by the Author or Reviewers.
‘Edit Submission’
When an Editor clicks the ‘Edit Submission’ Action link, they are brought to the ‘Edit submission’ page.
Options are:
1) Edit the submission (and rebuild PDF).
2) Edit the submission data only, allowing the editing of metadata items and attachment of
files without having to rebuild the PDF.
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If Edit the submission data only is selected, there are three steps:
1)
2)
3)
Enter Metadata.
Add/Edit/Remove Authors.
Attach Files.
Note: Attached files will not be included in the Author/Editor or Reviewer PDFs. They will only be
available on the ‘File Inventory’ page. If files need to be available in the PDF, use the Edit the submission
(and rebuild PDF) option.
‘Classifications’
The Author of the Submission can be asked to select document classifications when submitting a paper. A
summary of the classifications that have been selected will be displayed on the right hand side of the
screen. If there are additional classifications, check the box on the left hand side and click ‘Select’. To
remove any of the Author’s selections, check the box on the right hand side and click ‘Remove’. A
‘Search’ box is available for displaying the list of available classifications. Type in the term to be used in
the search. If EM finds a classification that contains that term, it will highlight the classification(s). Users
can ‘Clear’ the existing Search and choose a new Search. Click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the form.
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Portions of the Classification list may be expanded or collapsed by using the [+] or [-] icons. The entire list
may be expanded or collapsed by using the ‘Expand all’ or ‘Collapse All’ links at the top and bottom of the
menu.
‘Notify Editor’
‘Notify Editor’ allows Editors to send a letter to the lower level Editor in the assignment chain. Users can
send a default or custom letter by clicking the appropriate button.
‘Send E-mail’
This is also referred to as an ‘Ad Hoc’ e-mail and allows for communication between people associated
with the Submission.
Click on the down arrow to view the letters that have been configured for the Editor role.
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Select the letter that best matches the enquiry, and click on ‘Customize Letter’. The text can be modified as
necessary.
Additionally, Editors and Publishers may send letters via an envelope icon ( ) next to people names on
the ‘Details’ page, if letters have been configured for this method. It provides users a more convenient way
to send Ad Hoc letters to people associated with a Submission.
After clicking the envelope icon, the user is presented with all letters in the appropriate Ad Hoc family that
have been configured in PolicyManager: ‘User Selects Recipient using
icon’. If there is only one letter
configured for use with this option, the user will be brought to the ‘Customize Letter’ interface.
Note: Letters configured with the User Selects Recipient using
icon may also show in the Ad Hoc
letter drop-down when the ‘Send E- mail’ Action link is clicked in folders. This only applies when there
are one or more Recipients options selected in addition to ‘User Selects Recipient using
icon’.
Note: If User Selects Recipient using
icon is the only Recipient option selected for a letter, the letter
is available via the icon, but is not available via the ‘Send E- mail’ link.
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Sample ‘Details’ page – a letter in the Ad Hoc From Editor family has been configured to use the recipient
option
Email Autofill for Ad Hoc Letters
In letters configured for Editors to manually enter addresses for “To:”, CC:”, and BCC:”, these are
enhanced to include an autofill option for email addresses. EM keeps a record of a user’s frequent contacts
and as the user begins typing a recipient’s email address when drafting the letter, EM autofills the address
field based on that user’s previous emails.
Inserting System Merge Fields
An ‘Insert System Merge field’ link is available to users editing letters. Clicking the link will open a pop-up
overlay from which a user may search all available merge fields with descriptions displayed. To insert a
merge field, click the desired location within the letter body and then click the desired merge field(s).
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Sample Insert Custom Merge Field overlay available during letter customization and with search function
Attach Files to Ad Hoc Letters
Editors may attach files to Ad Hoc letters when an Ad Hoc letter is configured to allow attachments, then
the sender of the letter will see an ‘Add/Change Attachments’ button on the ‘Customize Letter’ page.
Clicking this button will open a window where the user may upload an attachment from their local
computer by clicking the ‘Browse’ button and choosing the file to be added. The user must then click the
‘Add This File’ button to complete the process. When the upload is complete, the attached file will display
in a grid on the page.
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Clicking ‘Proceed’ will return the user to the ‘Customize Letters’ page to complete the process of sending
the letter.
Additional Data in Review Status Columns
The Review Status column is enhanced to include an expandable cell containing detailed information
related to the Reviewers and review status for a Submission. Users can hover their cursor over the
collapsed information to see an overlay with the detailed information such as:
Each section of the detailed cell (Complete, Partial Review Saved, Agreed, Invited – No
Response, Declined) displays a count of Reviewers who fall under each respective category
Reviewer Names are listed with a hyperlink to the ‘People Information’ page.
If the Reviewer was suggested by the Author, it is noted.
For completed Reviews, the Reviewer Recommendation Term is displayed with a hyperlink to
view the individual reviews and comments. The minimum number of required reviews is
displayed.
For Partial Review Saved and Agreed, the due date is displayed if it is in the future, and the
number of days late is displayed if the review due date has passed.
For Reviewers who have been invited but have not yet responded, the number of days that have
passed since the invitation was sent is displayed.
Declined Reviewers are also displayed. If entered by the Reviewer, the decline reason is shown. If
the reason for the decline is longer than 200 characters, a ‘Decline Reason’ link is available that
will launch a scrollable overlay containing the full decline reason.
Note: The link to the Decline Reason overlay is implemented on the Reviewer Selection Summary page
for decline reasons longer than 200 characters.
Sample ‘View All Assigned Submissions’ folder with hover overlay displayed
In the hover overlay, clicking the small pushpin icon in the upper right corner or the ‘(more…)’ link will
“pin” the cell in its expanded state to the grid. To collapse the cell back to its basic display, either click the
pushpin icon again or click the ‘(…less)’ link.
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Sample ‘Search Submissions (PowerGrid)’ page with pinned Reviewer Status cell and ‘View Reasons’ link
clicked for a Declined Reviewer
The Reviewer Status column is available in the following folders:
1. ‘Submissions with Rescinded Decision’
2. ‘Submissions with Required Reviews Complete’
3. ‘Submissions Requiring Additional Reviewers’
4. ‘Submissions with One or More Late Reviews’
5. ‘Submissions Under Review’
6. ‘Submissions with X Reviews Complete’
7. ‘View All Assigned Submissions’
8. ‘Group by Editors I Assigned’
9. ‘Group by Editor with Current Responsibility’
10. ‘Group by Manuscript Status’
11. ‘Reviewers Invited – No Response’
Blinding Editors on Submissions
Publications can hide (“Blind”) Submissions from an Editor that are Authored or Co-Authored by that
Editor.
The link to blind Editors is found on the ‘Assign Editor’ page and the ‘Details’ page. Clicking the ‘Blind
Editor’ link delivers the Editor to a list of all Editors in the system. A checkbox next to each name can be
checked to blind Editors.
Blinding an Editor does the following:
 Suppresses the Submission from all Editor folders displayed for that Editor
 Suppresses the Submission from being listed on the People Information page when that page is
called up by a blinded Editor
 Suppresses the Submission from being listed on any Reports that have ‘Send Reminders’
functionality such as: Author Reports (Author Revision Status, Author Revision Reminder);
Reviewer Reports (Reviewers Invited – No Response, Reviewer Reminder); Editor Reports (New
Assignments, Required Reviews Complete Report)
 Suppresses the Submission from appearing in ‘Search All Manuscripts’ results.
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Submitting to the Journal as an Editor
An Editor may be given permission to “Submit Manuscripts as an Editor”, without having to log in as an
Author. Once submitted, the manuscript will be a normal Submission with the Editor recorded as the
Corresponding Author.
The ability to submit may be guided by an additional Restrict to Editor/Publisher Use Only Article Types
permission.
Note: Editor Use Only Submissions can be sent through the peer-review process; however, before approval
the Editor will not see the ‘I agree’ checkbox (if configured for the publication).
When an Editor begins a Submission, and if it is left incomplete with the Submission or build the PDF to be
approved later, those Submissions display on the ‘Editor Main Menu’ in a new folder called ‘Editorial
Submissions in Progress’.
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Sample version of ‘Editorial Submissions in Progress’ folder
Sample page - actual terms displayed in the column header, and by the checkbox, depend on the
publication’s configuration
Editor Use Only Article Type and Editorial Submission
For Submissions submitted by Editors, the ‘Editor Use Only’ Article Types have the following additional
functionality. Editors can be permitted to set the Final Disposition to Accept on Submission. This triggers
all functionality related to an Accept final disposition.
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If the Editor selects ‘Submit to Publication’, the manuscript is submitted to the Editorial Office, and is
moved to the appropriate ‘New Submissions…’ folder. The Submission may then be put through the peer
review process (or Accepted on Submission by the editorial staff).
If the Editor selects ‘Submit and Set Final Disposition to Accept’, the system will take them through the
standard transmittal process. As part of this, the system:

Generates or requests a manuscript number, depending on the publication’s configuration.

Generates a DOI if the publication is configured to trigger DOI generation on Notifying the
Author.
The Submission will end up in the ‘All Submission with Final Disposition: Accept’ folder.
If the Editor does NOT have this permission, or if they are submitting an Article Type that is not
configured as ‘Editor Use Only’, then the Submission proceeds exactly as if the Editor were submitting
from an Author role.
Assigning and Unassigning Editors
Editor Assigns Self
Editors may assign themselves to papers, so they are able to execute all tasks in the workflow.
Assigning or Inviting an Editor
There are two ways in which Editors acquire Submissions: either by assignment or by invitation.
Assignment: Editors can be assigned to papers without being given the opportunity to Decline. The new
Submission will appear in the ‘New Assignments’ folder.
Invitation: Editors are sent an E-mail invitation asking them to take on an assignment. The Editor must
Agree or Decline to take the assignment. The new Submission will appear in the ‘New Invitations’ folder.
When the Editor agrees to the assignment, a confirmation appears and the Submission is moved to the
‘New Assignments’ folder. If the Editor declines, s/he is asked to provide a reason and is asked to suggest a
qualified colleague within the publication organization.
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When the ‘Assign Editor’ link is clicked, the ‘Assign Editor’ page is displayed. Only those Editors who
have permission to receive ‘New Assignments’ will display as options. The Assign Editor page displays
both the Manuscript’s Classifications and the number of matches with the Editor’s Personal Classifications.
The Manuscript Classifications are listed at the top of the page. Each Classification is numbered starting
with ‘1’. Below the list of Manuscript Classifications is a list of Editors. The column labeled ‘Classification
Matches’ references the numbers from the list of Manuscript Classifications at the top of the page.
Alternatively, the column labeled ‘# Classification Matches’ shows the number of Classification Matches
between an Editor’s Personal Classifications and the list of Manuscript Classifications. This number is a
hyperlink, which will take the user to a list of the Editor’s Personal Classifications, with an indication of
which Personal Classifications match the Manuscript Classifications.
If the Editor has any unavailable dates in his/her People Record, they will display in the grid with a link.
(See blue circle above.)
Each Editor’s number of current assignments is also displayed. If the Editor’s name is clicked, an activity
report will be displayed, which identifies which assigned papers.
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In addition, the columns may be sorted dynamically, which means the Editor list can be viewed and ordered
according to Editor Role, Editor Name, Number of Current Assignments, or Number of Classification
Matches.
To Invite or Assign the Editor, click the button next to the name of the Editor and click ‘Proceed’.
Once an Editor has been selected, a new page is displayed entitled ‘Assign Editor – Confirm Selection and
Customize Letters’ as follows:
EM will display a list of people that have been configured to receive a letter when an Editor is assigned to a
Submission.
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It is possible to choose from one or more different assignment letters, which may then be customized.
It is also possible to send a notification letter to other roles that have been configured to receive a
notification of the Editor being assigned.
If a publication Invites Editors (rather than assigning them automatically), users will see a slightly different
‘Invite Editor – Confirm Selection and Customize Letter’ page. All letters associated with the ‘Editor
Invited for Assignment’ and ‘Editor Assigned Notification’ events are shown.
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Assign Editor by Chain
Publication staff may assign an entire Editor chain in one action. Administrators can create Editor chain
templates that define the default number of assignments in the chain, the default Editor Roles that are
eligible for each place in the chain, and the default Assignment Letter for each Editor in the chain. Article
types can then be configured to use specific Assignment Chain Templates. When it comes to the point
where an Editor assigns the first Editor on a newly received Submission (or Revision), the user is presented
with the proposed chain for the Submission’s Article Type. From there, the Editor may select individual
Editors to receive the Assignment, add steps to the chain, remove steps from the chain, change the Editor
Role and Assignment letter for each step in the chain, and customize or preview the Assignment Letter.
Note: The Assign Editor Chain feature will only generate an Invitation for the last Editor in the Chain,
where that Editor’s Role is configured to receive assignments as invitations; all mid-chain Editors are
Assigned without an Invitation step. Additionally, publications using the Suggest Editor feature (i.e.,
invited Editor Queues) will not be presented with the ‘Assign Editor Chain’ page.
Note: Assign Editor Chain is only available for New Submissions or New Revisions. An Editor Chain
may not be assigned if the Submission has already been assigned to a single Editor.
Note: Assign Editor Chain does not affect Direct-to-Editor workflows.
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Sample initial ‘Assign Editor Chain’ page
After Editor Chain templates are created and linked to the desired Article Types, the user will be presented
with the Assign Editor Chain when the ‘Assign Editor’ Action link is clicked from either the ‘New
Submissions Requiring Assignment’ or ‘Revised Submissions Requiring Assignment’ folders. At this
point, the user will need to select specific Editors within the Editor Roles suggested for each step of the
chain. Selecting the individual Editors for each step of the chain may be done by selecting the intended
Editor from a drop-down. Users may also start typing an Editor’s name into the Editor field and the dropdown will narrow the results to matching names within the Editor Role.
Note: If there is only one appropriate Editor for a specific step – for example, if there is only one
Editor-in-Chief – then that person will be selected automatically.
At this stage, Editors may also add steps to the Editor Chain using the ‘Add to Chain’ button with the
selected Editor Role, remove a step from the chain using the trash can icon, switch the Assignment Letter,
customize the Assignment Letter, change the Editor Role for any step in the chain, or forgo the Editor
Chain assignment to Assign or Invite a single Editor via the ‘Assign Individual Editor’ button.
Sample ‘Assign Editor Chain’ page displaying matches to text entered into the Editor field
Publications can switch from using a drop-down to select an Editor for a particular Role to using a standard
EM Search Editor UI instead – this is done by enabling Use Search-based selection for Editor Chain
Assignment for the Role that appears in the ‘Assign Editor Chain’ page.
Note: Users for publications with a large number of users assigned to a specific Editor Role may see the
‘Editor Search’ link in lieu of the text entry box and drop-down even without the RoleManager Always
Use Search based selection for Editor Chain Assignment (i.e., if not Applied Automatically by System)
setting enabled for that Role.
Note: This setting is therefore not a ‘permission’ allowing that Role to do something; it is a setting that
controls how that Role is searched for in this part of the system.
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Sample ‘Assign Editor Chain’ page with ‘Editor Search’ link
Sample ‘Assign Editor Chain: Search’ page
Publications that allow reassignment of previous Editors for Revisions will still display the existing
Reassign Editor Chain interface for incoming Revisions, as a default. Editors will now also have the option
to edit the previously assigned chain using the Assign Editor Chain interface (‘Edit Chain’ button) or create
an entirely new one (‘Create a New Chain’ button) from the applicable Template. Additionally, Editors
may still elect to use the traditional single Assign Editor functionality for Revisions with the existing
‘Assign Individual Editor’ button.
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Sample ‘Reassign Editor’ page with Editor Chain options
Note: Publications configured to directly assign Revisions to the first assigned Editor will not see the
Assign Editor Chain interface for incoming Revisions.
After the Editor Chain has been finalized, clicking the ‘Create Chain and Send Letters’ button assigns the
Submission to all Editors in the chain along with the selected Assignment Letters.
Publications must first create Editor Chain templates to use the Assign Editor Chain functionality with new
or revised Submissions. In PolicyManager, clicking the ‘Define Editor Assignment Chain Templates’ link
will bring the user to the ‘Define Editor Assignment Chain Templates’ page.
Automatically Reassigning the Corresponding Editor Designation
Publications may configure the workflow such that the Corresponding Editor designation will
automatically change when responsibility for the paper changes hands. When this feature is enabled, the
person currently responsible for the paper will also be the Corresponding Editor.
When an Editor makes a decision, responsibility for the Submission gets passed back up the assignment
chain, in reverse order, skipping certain Editors if configured to do so. The Corresponding Editor
designation is also transferred back up the chain (with the Submission).
Unassign Editor
When an Editor is unassigned, the Submission may be immediately switched to a new Editor, or may be
rolled back to the previous Editor in the chain. Editors can also be unassigned after Reviewers have been
either Invited or Assigned. An Editor assignment may be switched to another Editor or rolled back for any
Submission where the Notify Author letter has not been saved (to send later) and/or sent to the Author.
When a Submission is rolled back, the Submission moves back ‘up the chain’ to the assigning Editor (i.e.,
back to the ‘New Submissions Requiring Assignment’ or ‘New Assignments’ folder). Only a Handling
Editor can be unassigned (i.e., an Editor cannot be unassigned from the middle of an Editor Chain). The
Submission then remains ‘unassigned’ until the Editor clicks the Assign Editor link and assigns a new
Editor.
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If the user chooses ‘Switch to New Editor’, s/he is taken to the ‘Switch to New Editor’ page, which is very
similar to the regular ‘Assign Editor’ page.
Once the user has selected a new (switch to) Editor and clicks ‘Proceed’, s/he is taken to the ‘Switch to New
Editor – Confirm Selections and Customize Letters’ page, where there is the option to choose and
customize letters to the following people:
1. The Editor being unassigned
2. Other users who are notified that an Editor has been unassigned (e.g., Office Staff, Author, and/or
Reviewers associated with the Submission)
3. The new (switched to) Editor being assigned
4. Other users who need to be notified that a new Editor has been assigned (e.g., Office Staff,
Corresponding Author, and/or other Editors). Letter(s) is associated with the Assign Editor Notification
event in ActionManager
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If to the Editor chooses to ‘Roll Back to Previous Editor’ on the ‘Unassign Editor’ page, s/he will be taken
to the Roll Back to Previous Editor – Confirm Selections and Customize Letters screen.
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The Submission moves back up into the ‘New/Revised Submissions Requiring Assignment’ or ‘New
Assignments’ folder, depending on which Editor Role initially assigned the Submission. Otherwise, there is
no other record of the original assigned Editor (e.g., the Editor who was assigned in error).
Reassign Editor Chain
For some publications, a revised Submission is often handled by the same set of Editors as previous
versions, but does not require any action by the upper-level Editors until it is time to make a decision. In
these cases, Publications have the ability to re-assign an entire Editor Chain from a previous version of a
Submission with the assignment (and optional notification) going to the last assigned Editor of the previous
version.
If this feature is enabled, the users will be directed to the ‘Reassign Editor’ page when clicking the ‘Assign
Editor’ link from the ‘Revised Submissions Requiring Assignment’ folder. This page displays the Editor
Chain(s) from the previous version of the Submission. The user may then choose to Reassign the Editor
Chain and customize the letter that will go to the lowest Editor in the chain, or Reassign the Editor Chain
and send the default letter to the lowest Editor in the chain.
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In the event that the prior version of the Submission had multiple Editor Chains assigned, the user is
presented with all chains and asked to select one to use for the revision.
Alternately, if the user does not want to assign an entire chain, s/he can click the ‘Assign Individual Editor’
button to be brought to the standard ‘Assign Editor’ page to select an Editor for assignment.
If any Editor from the previous version is no longer available (e.g., their Editor role was removed or
changed), the page is displayed as follows:
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If there is at least one Editor Chain for which all the Editors are still available, these intact Editor
Chains are displayed.
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If there are no intact Editor Chains for the previous version, a warning is displayed, and the user
must click ‘Assign Individual Editor’ to continue.
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Replace Editor in the Chain
Editors and Administrators with appropriate permissions may replace or remove an Editor located in any
position in the current Editor Assignment Chain for the current version of a Submission, subject to
conditions related to the state of the Submission.
Depending on the logged-in user’s RoleManager permissions, an Editor assignment can be removed from
the chain or replaced by an Editor with a different Editor Role where:
The Editor being modified has NOT made or saved a decision AND one of the following applies:
There are no unprocessed reviews (invitations, open reviews, or reviews that were submitted after
the last complete decision was made), and
o One “Good Decision” (a complete decision that has not been skipped or terminated) has
already been submitted
o Another Editor in the chain has Make a Decision permission
OR all Reviewer assignments have been processed
OR there are unprocessed Reviewer Assignments AND there is at least one open Editor
Assignment with Make a Decision permission.
Note: Replacing an Editor in the chain is not dependent on the method by which the Editor was
assigned. Publications using Suggest Editor, Assign Editor Chain, individual assignment, individual
invitation, and Direct-to-Editor assignments may use this feature.
To achieve this functionality, two sub-permissions are located in the Unassign Myself permission in Editor
RoleManager: Unassign Subordinate Editors and Replace Editor.
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Unassign Subordinate Editors allows an Editor to remove his/her Editor Assignment or the
Assignment(s) of lower level Editor(s).
Replace Editor allows an Editor to switch his/her own assignment (or that of a lower level Editor
if the user also has Unassign Subordinate Editors permission) to another Editor.
The existing permissions of Unassign Other Editors in conjunction with the Assign Editor permission will
allow users to remove or replace Editors anywhere in the chain (provided the Submission is in a state that
allows this).
The ‘Unassign Editor’ Action link is widely available for Editors with Unassign Other Editors and/or
Unassign Myself permission. The link displays consistently for a Submission when the Final Disposition
has not been set so long as the logged-in Editor has Unassign Other Editors permission or has Unassign
Myself permission and is in the Editor Chain.
Note: If the logged-in user meets the above requirements but the Submission is being edited, the
‘Unassign Editor’ Action link will not be available.
To replace or remove an Editor from the Editor Chain, the Editor clicks the ‘Unassign Editor’ Action Link.
The Editor is presented with the current Editor Chain and the actions available depend on the logged in
user’s permissions and the condition of the Submission. The instructions on the left sidebar of this page
may be customized in PolicyManager.
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Sample Modify Editor Chain interface
From this page, Editors may click the trashcan icon to remove an Editor or use the Role and New Editor
drop-down to select a replacement for one or more Editors. Once a valid change to the Editor Chain has
been made, the Editor may proceed to send the notification letters. The ‘Details’ page will show the Editor
replacement information.
Partial ‘Details’ page, showing Editor replacement information – highlighted in pink text for reference
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Inviting/Assigning Reviewers
The Invite Reviewers link becomes available once the paper has been assigned to an Editor. This link can
be used throughout the peer review process until a decision has been made on the paper and the Author has
been informed. Editors can also directly Assign Reviewers, skipping the invitation process and moving the
Submission directly to a Reviewer’s ‘Pending Assignments’ folder if they have the proper permissions.
When an Editor clicks on the ‘Invite Reviewers’ link, a new window pops up containing the ‘Reviewer
Selection Summary’ menu as shown below.
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Submissions with Required Reviews Complete – click on ‘Change’ to modify this default setting.
Automatically un-invite Reviewers who do not respond – click on ‘Change’ to extend the period of time
the Reviewer has to respond to the invitation. This field may be set to 0 to disable the automatic un-invite
feature of EM.
Automatically un-assign Reviewers – Certain Article Types may be configured to automatically unassign Reviewers once they have agreed to review, but prior to submitting their review. A set number of
days may be established per Article Type for Reviewers to submit their review after accepting the
invitation. The Un-Assign Reviewer option is displayed on the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page.
Note: It is still possible to manually un-assign a Reviewer after they have accepted an invitation. A link
appears next to his/her name allowing you to perform this action.
Searching for Reviewers
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Search for Reviewers
Search by Classification Matches
Search by Personal Classifications
Suggest Reviewers
Select from Previous Reviewers
Search for Reviewers Mode
When Search for Reviewers is selected from the search mode drop-down, the Reviewer Search is modified
to provide a choice of Reviewer roles for which to search. By default, it will be set to All Reviewers, which
means that all Reviewer roles will be used in the search.
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Note: If your journal is using secondary fields, it is possible to search for Reviewers by Secondary
Last Name or Secondary First Name when the fields are not set as Hidden on the ‘Edit Registration
Fields’ page.
There are links to the following information at the top of the screen.
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View Reviews and Comments – This will display any reviews or comments submitted by Reviewers or
Editors – including previous versions of the paper.
Manuscript Details – Depending on Role permissions, it may be possible to view the details associated
with the paper.
Register and Invite New Reviewer – If a desired Reviewer is not currently registered in the system, this
link to Proxy may be used register the user and Invite him or her to review.
Search by Classification Matches Mode
When Search by Classification Matches is selected, the Editor can search for Reviewers based on matches
between the Manuscript Classifications and Reviewers’ Personal areas of expertise. The Editor is brought
to a page that lists all Classifications associated with the manuscript and the number of Reviewers
associated with each Classification.
The Editor may search either for a specific Reviewer Role or All Reviewer Roles:
Once the Reviewer role or All Reviewers has been selected the Editor clicks ‘Go’, the following menu will
be displayed:
The Editor may select one or more Classifications.
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A list of Reviewers associated with the selected Classifications is returned. The list can be ordered by
number of matching Classifications (see My Reviewer Display Preferences section). The Classifications are
listed at the top of the page for reference purposes (see below).
Note: The list is organized by Classification Term, with associated Reviewers listed below each term. A
Reviewer may appear multiple times if s/he has multiple Classification matches. When the Editor selects a
Reviewer’s name by clicking the checkbox, that Reviewer is displayed as selected throughout the list, under
each Classification Term that they are associated with. However, they will only receive one invitation.
Search by Personal Classification Mode
When Search by Personal Classifications is selected the Editor can search for Reviewers based on the
Personal Classifications associated with each Reviewer.
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The Editor is brought to a page that lists all of the Classifications that are assigned to people in the system,
with a checkbox next to each term. The Editor selects the Classification Terms desired and then clicks on
‘Select’ to move them into the Selected Classifications section. A list of Reviewers associated with the
selected Classifications is returned. The list can be ordered by the number of matching Classifications (see
My Reviewer Display Preferences section).
Note: The Classifications are listed at the top of the page for reference purposes.
Note: The list of Classifications may appear incomplete because it is a list of all Classifications assigned to
registered users in the system; it is not a complete list of Classifications. If a Classification term does not
appear on the list, no one in the system has selected that term as a Personal Classification.
Note: Unlike the Search by Classification Matches, which identifies matches between the Reviewer’s
Personal Classifications and the Submission’s Manuscript Classifications, this mode allows the user to
search for Reviewers by Classification, independent of the Manuscript Classifications.
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Note: The Classification display preferences in My Reviewer Display Preferences DO NOT affect the
Classification display in this Reviewer selection mode. The sort preferences on the My Reviewer Display
Preferences DOES affect the sort order.
Search for Reviewers Suggested by Author
Publications which have enabled the Suggest Reviewers submission step allowing Authors to suggest one
or more Reviewers that they feel would be suitable to review the paper may use these suggestions to run
searches of their database. This search mode, called Suggested by Author, is present on all Reviewer
Search pages as long as the Author has suggested at least one Reviewer.
When this search mode is used, the system takes the E-mail Address(es), Last Name(s), and First Name(s)
entered by the Author on the Suggest Reviewers submission step and executes a query to identify possible
matches in the system. The results page includes a list of all possible matches based on the above, and are
displayed based on the following criteria, exposed in three “levels” so that the user is presented with a
manageable number of Reviewers (i.e., best possible matches first) on the page:
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Level 1: If a suggested Reviewer has an exact e-mail match to a person in the database, s/he is
returned first in the result set. These results are displayed in the search results grid. Below these
matches is a ‘+ See More Matches (First & Last Name)’ link. Clicking this link opens the Level
2 matches. This link is only displayed if there are additional Reviewers in the result set with an
exact match on First and Last Name.
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Level 2: If a suggested Reviewer has an exact match on First Name and Last Name, it is returned
next in the results. If there is a match on e-mail, First Name, and Last Name, the Reviewer will
only be returned once, in the e-mail match section of the result set. Below these matches is a ‘+
See More Matches (First Initial & Last Name)’ link. Clicking this link opens the Level 3
matches. This link is only displayed if there are additional Reviewers in the result set with a
match on First Initial and Last Name.
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Level 3: If a suggested Reviewer has a match on Last Name and First Initial only, s/he is returned
in the result set below the First Name and Last Name match set.
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The results are returned in this way with the assumption that a match on John Smith with the e-mail address
jsmith@harvard.edu (Level 1 match) is more relevant than 14 other Reviewer candidates with names like
Jane Smith, Jolene Smith and Jasper Smith (Level 3 match). The Level 3 matches are not immediately
shown to the user, but the user can quickly expand these results to look deeper into the candidate pool,
without having to re-run the query.
A Reviewers Suggested by Author area is also displayed, listing the Reviewer information against which
the query is run.
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Note: The ‘Author’s Reviewer Preferences’ link still displayed at the top of the page.
If any Reviewers suggested by the Author do not return any matches, a section is displayed that lists each
Reviewer with a ‘Register and Select New Reviewer’ link next to each person’s name, so that the user can
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easily register the person and select them as a Reviewer for the Submission. The ‘Proxy Registration’ page
is pre-populated with the First Name, Last Name, and E-mail Address of the Reviewer suggested by the
Author.
Note: This search mode is also available when searching another publication with which Reviewer Sharing
is established.
Suggest Reviewers Mode
When Suggest Reviewer is selected the Editor can search for Reviewers based on pre-determined criteria
configured in My Suggest Reviewer Preference. The Editor is delivered to a page that lists all of the
possible Reviewers who match the Editor’s preferences.
Note: The Classification display preferences in My Reviewer Display Preferences DO affect the
Classification display in this Reviewer selection mode. The sort preferences on the My Reviewer Display
Preferences DOES NOT affect the sort order (these are determined in My Suggest Reviewer Preferences).
Editors may select a Reviewer candidate sort preference on the ‘My Reviewer Display Options’ page from
three available sort order options. When using the Suggest Reviewer search option, the order in which
Reviewer candidates are displayed is defined on the ‘My Suggest Reviewers Preferences’ page.
Editors have options to define the Reviewer candidate display order. The ‘My Reviewer Display Options’
page provides Editors with options to use for ranking the order in which Reviewer candidates are displayed
on search results pages:
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Ascending Reviewer Name
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Number of Matches to Manuscript Classifications (Most matches displayed first)
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Board Membership (Board Members listed first)
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Average Review Rating (Highest Ratings listed first)
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Total Number of Completed Reviews (Highest number displayed first)
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Editors may define multi-level sorting preferences, i.e., Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary, etc., using the
number entry boxes.
The ‘My Suggest Reviewer Preferences’ page allows Editors to rank the order of Reviewer candidates. The
ranking functionality is organized with number entry boxes and several sort criteria. Suggested Reviewers
may be sorted by the following:
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Board Membership
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Number of Matches to Manuscript Classification
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Number of Pending Reviews
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Average Number of Days Reviews are Outstanding
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Date Last Review Completed
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Average Review Rating (Highest Ratings listed first)
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Total Number of Completed Reviews (Highest number displayed first)
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Invite, Assign, Alternate, or Proposed Overview
When an Editor searches for a Reviewer, s/he will see up to four selection checkboxes, depending on their
RoleManager permissions.
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Note: The Reviewer`s institution is displayed directly under the Reviewer Role as shown above. If the
Reviewer has no institution listed on his/her people record, no information will be displayed.
Invite – Editors with the ‘Invite Reviewers’ permission will see a Select as: Inv. (Invite) checkbox next to
each name in the search results. By checking this box, the Reviewer will be immediately invited and sent
an invitation letter. Once invited, Reviewers will appear in the Selected Reviewers section on the
‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ menu.
Assign – Editors may Assign Reviewers directly to a Submission, eliminating the step where the Reviewer
Accepts or Declines an invitation. If the Editor has permission to Invite Reviewers as well as Assign, the
Asn. box displays to the right of the Inv. box. When the desired Reviewers are selected, the Editor clicks
the ‘Proceed’ button to continue to the ‘Confirm Selections’ page.
Default Reviewer Letters – All Reviewer Invited/Assigned events can now have three default letters
associated with them based on whether the Submission is original, a revision, or a revision for which the
Reviewer has reviewed a previous version.
Alternate – Editors with the Select Alternate Reviewers permission will see a Select as: Alt (Alternate)
checkbox next to each name in the search results. By checking this box, the Editor can choose Alternate
Reviewers which can be either linked to an Invited Reviewer or automatically promoted if an Invited
Reviewer declines the invitation (if EM is set to automatically Un-invite a reviewer who has not responded
to an invitation). Reviewers with different roles can be configured to replace each other.
Proposed – Editors with the Propose Reviewers permission will see a Select as: Prop. (Proposed) checkbox
next to each name in the search results. This allows Editors to recommend Reviewers for other Editors to
use. Proposed Reviewers are listed on the main ‘Reviewer Invitation’ summary pages, and can be selected
directly to use as Invited or Alternate Reviewers. A Proposed Reviewer can also be one that has already
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been invited or set up as an Alternate – a red warning will appear by the Reviewer’s name if s/he has
already been proposed.
Once the Proposed Reviewers have been selected and the ‘Proceed’ button has been clicked, the Editor will
be prompted with a Notes field where s/he can fill in related information about the Proposal. If more than
one Reviewer has been proposed, all of the Proposed Reviewers will appear in a list as follows:
The Notes can open in a new Window. The ‘Do Not Use’ checkbox may be used if the Editor has changed
their mind.
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Reviewer Selection Summary Overview
Reviewers Search Section
This section allows a search for Reviewers by Reviewer role, Personal Classifications, Classification
Matches of Submission, Suggest Reviewer, and Select from Previous Reviewers.
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Selected Reviewers Section
From this section Invited Reviewers can be un-invited.
Alternate Reviewers Section
Alternate Reviewers can be promoted, removed, or linked to specific Invited Reviewers from this screen.
Linking Alternate Reviewers
Alternate Reviewers can be linked to a specific Invited Reviewer. These Alternate Reviewers will only be
promoted if the Reviewer to whom they are linked is un-invited or declines the invitation. The linked
alternate will be promoted before any un-linked Alternate Reviewers are used. It is possible to combine
linked and non-linked Alternate Reviewers within the same Submission.
Proposed Reviewers Section
The Proposed Reviewers can be accessed via the ‘Reviewer Selection’ summary menu as shown below.
This is the menu that is displayed when the ‘Invite Reviewers’ link is clicked after the Reviewer selection
has been made. Within the Proposed Reviewers section of the menu there are links to the Reviewer people
record, proposing Editor people record, and also a link to view any notes that have been written about why
the Reviewer has been proposed. Editors can also choose to remove the Proposed Reviewer from the list.
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To turn a Proposed Reviewer into an Invited Reviewer, check the box labelled ‘Invite’ and click ‘Select’.
The following confirmation screen will be displayed:
Access to Reviewer Declined Reasons
The ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page includes links to Reviewer decline reasons. For each Reviewer
that has declined to review a Submission, the Selected Reviewers grid contains a ‘Decline Reason’ link
that, when clicked, will expand to display the Reviewer’s reason. If the Reviewer did not provide a reason,
the text ‘No Reason Entered’ is displayed. Additionally, an All Reviewer Decline Reasons link is displayed
directly below the Selected Reviewers grid that will expand/collapse all Reviewer Decline reasons.
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Sample page; Decline Reasons collapsed (default setting)
Sample page; all Decline Reasons expanded
Additionally, the ‘Search for Reviewer’ pages include a link at both the top and bottom called ‘View All
Decline Reasons’.
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Partial page display, ‘Search for Reviewer All Reviewers’; link displayed
Clicking this link on any of the ‘Search for Reviewer’ pages opens a pop-up window displaying all
Declined Reviewers and Reasons for the current revision of the Submission. The default sort order of this
page is by the Date Invited column in ascending order, though the results may be sorted by Reviewer Name
or Date Declined, as well.
Other Functions Available on the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ Page
Other functions available from the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page include: access to the ‘Details’
page, changing the Required Number of Reviewers setting, changing the number of days a Reviewer has to
respond to an invitation to review, Un-invite Reviewers, Promote Alternate Reviewers (also possible by
Article Type), Request Unregistered Reviewers, Register and Invite New Reviewer, My Suggest Reviewer
Preferences, and My Reviewer Display Preferences.
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Register and Invite New Reviewer
If an Editor cannot find a potential Reviewer in the database, or if the Editor knows that a particular person
is not currently registered on the EM site, the Editor may Proxy Register that person using the ‘Register and
Invite New Reviewer’ link.
The Editor can: register a person even if s/he has limited contact information, send a custom letter or no
letter to the registrant, assign a Reviewer role, and immediately invite the registrant to review the
Submission. This can all be done without leaving the Select Reviewer interface.
Request Unregistered Reviewer
This feature allows an Editor to send an e-mail message to the Editorial Office requesting that they locate
Reviewer-contact-information for a Reviewer not already registered.
My Suggest Reviewer Preferences
The Suggest Reviewer feature will suggest qualified Reviewers based on a predetermined set of criteria
defined in the My Suggest Reviewer Preferences.
There are two parts to configuring the My Suggest Reviewer Preferences page: identifying what kind of
people should be excluded from the list of possible Reviewers, and identifying how the people in the list of
possible Reviewers are sorted and displayed.
My Reviewer Display Preferences
Editors configure how Reviewers’ Classification data should be displayed when viewing a list of potential
Reviewers on the Select Reviewer screen. Editors also configure an initial sort preference.
Classification Display:
 Display all Classifications
 Display only the matching Classifications
 Suppress Classification display
Sort Preference:
 Sort the results alphabetically by last name
 Sort the results by the number of matches between Reviewer Personal Classification matches and
Manuscript Classification matches
 Sort the results with Board Members listed first
Users will be able to choose a default sort for all of the ‘Reviewer Selection’ pages (except for Suggest
Reviewer, which has its own set of sort criteria) on the ‘My Reviewer Display Preferences’ page.
Required Number of Reviewers
A default required number of Reviewers is set in PolicyManager, under Edit Article Types; each Article
Type can have its own required number of Reviewers. This number may be overridden on a per-submission
basis on the Reviewer Selection Summary screen.
Failure to complete the required number of reviews does not prevent Editors from being able to make a
Decision on a Submission. Rather, this number serves to expose Submissions that may need additional
attention.
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Required Reviews Reset Event
Publications have access to an event in ActionManager that is triggered by an Editor increasing the number
of required reviews when the existing number of completed reviews is less than the new value: Required
Reviews Reset. Triggering this event can send letters to users associated with the Submission (if configured
in the Role’s ActionManager grid), as well as return the Document Status to the publication’s Under
Review status (if configured in the Document Status Table in ActionManager).
Sample ActionManager Document Status layout
This event can be triggered at any point during the submission process as long as the Submission is still in a
state where Reviewers can be invited.
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Sample Reviewer Selection Summary page (partial)
In the example above, the Article Type is configured so that the completion of two Reviews will move the
Submission to the ‘Submissions with Required Reviews Complete’ folder and trigger the respective
document status change. In this case, an Editor has clicked the ‘Change’ link and increased the number of
Required Reviews to three. If the new ‘Required Reviews’ value is greater than the number of Reviews
already completed for the Submission, the new ‘Required Reviews Reset’ event is triggered upon clicking
Save and Close and the document status will change to Under Review.
Reviewer Comments Can Be Sent to Other Reviewers
Editors can send completed Reviewer comments to other Reviewers. This feature provides the Editor with
the opportunity to edit the Reviewers’ comments before sending them.
When the Editor is presented with a list of potential Reviewers, a list of Reviewers who have completed
their reviews can be found at the bottom of the page. The Editor can click on the name of the Reviewer to
view the comments. If the Editor wishes to send those comments on to the third Reviewer, the Editor clicks
the checkbox next to the name. The Editor then chooses the desired Reviewer from the list of potential
Reviewers (the Editor can choose multiple names) and clicks on the ‘Send Custom Letter’ button.
Modify Reviewer Deadlines
The Editorial Office and Editor can modify the Reviewer deadlines. The Reviewer due date can be
modified from the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page, or from the Submission ‘Details’ page.
Visibility of Reviewer Statuses
A Review Status column is available in the following Editor folders:
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‘Submissions with Rescinded Decision’
‘Submissions with Required Reviews Complete’
‘Submissions Requiring Additional Reviewers’
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‘Submissions with One or More Late Reviews’
‘Reviewers Invited – No Response’
‘Submissions Under Review’
‘Submissions with X Reviews Complete’
‘View All Assigned Submissions’
‘Group by Editors I Assigned’
‘Group by Editor with Current Responsibility’
‘Group by Manuscript Status’
The Review Status column is color-coded for visibility and displays the following information for the
current revision of each Submission:
Information
Numbers of reviews completed
Number of reviews with a partial review saved
Number of Reviewers agreed who have not started their
reviews yet
Number of Reviewers invited who have not responded
Numbers of Reviewers late
Display Format
Complete [green]
Partial Review Saved [teal]
Agreed [orange]
Invited – No Response [red]
Late [bold red]
Editor Access to Reviewer PDF
Editors with permission to the Reviewer version of the PDF can make sure all intended items are displayed
and the PDF is blinded appropriately.
Sample overlay after clicking ‘View Submission’ Action link – Editor has access to Reviewer PDF
Three RoleManager permissions govern access to the Reviewer PDF:
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View Reviewer PDF – This permission allows Editors to choose to view the Reviewer PDF in
addition to the Author/Editor PDF when accessing the Submission from a ‘View Submission’ link.
View Reviewer PDF after Edit Submission – This is a sub-permission of Edit Submission
Before Decision. If selected, this permission allows an Editor Role to access the current revision
of the Reviewer PDF in the ‘Submissions Requiring Approval by Editor’ folder via the ‘View
Reviewer PDF’ Action link.
Require View Reviewer PDF after Edit Submission – This is a sub-permission of View
Reviewer PDF after Edit Submission. If selected, the Editor must view the Reviewer PDF from
the ‘View Reviewer PDF’ Action link before approving the Submission from the ‘Submissions
Requiring Approval by Editor’ folder.
Sample ‘Submissions Needing Approval by Editor’ folder - View Reviewer PDF after Edit Submission &
Require View Reviewer PDF after Edit Submission permissions have been enabled for this user
When an Editor downloads the Reviewer PDF, Editorial Manager appends ‘_reviewer’ to the file name to
differentiate between a downloaded version of the Author/Editor version of the PDF.
Editors can view the Submission PDF and the Reviewer PDF (if permission is granted) from the following
folders and pages:
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‘Direct-to-Editor New Submissions’ – Accessed from the ‘Editor Main Menu’ when an
Editor receives a new Submission as an assignment via the Direct-to-Editor functionality
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‘Direct-to-Editor Revised Submissions’ – Accessed from the ‘Editor Main Menu’ when
an Editor receives a revised Submission as an assignment via the Direct-to-Editor
functionality
‘Assignment Status Report Results’ page – Accessed from the ‘Editor Main Menu’ by
clicking the ‘Reports’ link and choosing the Assignment Status Report. When a report is
run this page shows the results
‘File Inventory’ page – Accessed by clicking the ‘File Inventory’ Action link for a
Submission
‘My Assignments with a Final Disposition’ – Accessed via ‘Submissions with
Decisions’ on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘View All Assigned Submissions’ – Accessed via ‘View All Assigned’ on the ‘Editor
Main Menu’
‘Assignments with a Decision’ – Accessed via ‘Submissions with Decisions’ on the
‘Editor Main Menu’
‘All Submissions with Editor's Decision’ – Accessed via ‘Submissions with Decisions’
on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘All Submissions with Final Disposition’ – Accessed via ‘Submissions with Decisions’
on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘New Editor Invitations’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the ‘Editor Main
Menu’
‘New Editor Assignments’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the ‘Editor Main
Menu’
‘Submissions with One or More Late Reviews’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’
on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘New Submissions Requiring Assignment’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the
‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Submissions Out for Revision’ – Accessed via ‘Submissions with Decision’ on the
‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Submissions Requiring Additional Reviewers’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’
on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Submissions with Decisions Rescinded’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the
‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Submissions with Reviewers Invited - No Response’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’
List’ on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Submissions with Required Reviews Complete’– Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’
on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Revised Submissions Requiring Assignment’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on
the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Revised Submissions’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
when ‘Technical Check’ has been enabled
‘Editors Invited Not Yet Assigned’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the ‘Editor
Main Menu’ when an Editor is configured in RoleManager to invite Editors using
Suggest Editor
‘Subordinate Editor's Pending Assignments - Group by Editors I Assigned’ –
Accessed via ‘Subordinate Editor’s Pending Assignments’ on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Subordinate Editor's Pending Assignments - Group by Editor with Current
Responsibility’ – Accessed via ‘Subordinate Editor’s Pending Assignments’ on the
‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Subordinate Editor's Pending Assignments - Group by Manuscript Status’ –
Accessed via ‘Subordinate Editor’s Pending Assignments’ on the ‘Editor Main Menu’
‘Transferred Submissions’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the ‘Editor Main
Menu’ when a site has received a Transferred Submission
‘Submissions Under Review’ – Accessed via ‘Editor ‘To-Do’ List’ on the ‘Editor Main
Menu’
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‘Submissions with X Reviews Complete’ – Accessed from the top of the ‘Editor Main
Menu’ through a ‘Submissions With:’ section that appears only when an Editor has the
View Completed Reviews Grid in Main Menu permission in RoleManager
‘Deep Link’ landing page – Accessed by clicking a deep link from a merge field which
brings a user into the system, because the page is used when a user receives a deep link to
the Reviewer PDF via the %VIEW_REVIEWER_PDF% merge field
‘Production Initiated – No Tasks Assigned’ – Accessed via the ‘Production Tasks
Main Menu’ when ProduXion Manager has been enabled for a site
‘People Information’ page – Accessed by clicking the ‘View Reviewers and Comments’
Action link for a Submission and then clicking on the name of a Reviewer who has
completed a review
‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page – Accessed by clicking the ‘Invite Reviewers’
Action link for a Submission
‘Search Submission Results’ page – Accessed by running a search for Submissions
‘Discussion Forum’ page – Accessed by clicking the ‘Initiate Discussion’ link for a
Submission when an Editor has the RoleManager permission to initiate a Discussion
‘Technical Check’ page – Accessed via the ‘Technical Check’ Action link which is only
present when ‘Technical Check’ has been enabled for a site
‘Artwork Quality Check Results’ page – Accessed by clicking the ‘View Artwork
Quality Check’ Action link for a Submission which is available when the AQC
functionality has been enabled for a site
Modify Manuscript Classifications
At times, an Editor may need to add or remove classification terms associated with a Submission while
working in the Select Reviewer section of the system. Editors with the Assign Manuscript Classifications
permission will see a ‘Classifications’ link on the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page that opens the
‘View/Modify Submission Classifications’ page for the Submission.
Making a Decision
View Reviews and Comments
Clicking ‘View Reviews and Comments’ displays a screen containing a chart of information pertaining to
the Reviewers and Editors for all versions of the Submission. Clicking on the name of the Reviewer and/or
Editor displays a chart containing demographic data, as well as information on both current and previous
assignments. Clicking on a review recommendation displays the Reviewer’s comments. With appropriate
permissions, these comments can be edited.
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From this page Editors may also access any Attachments made for a Submission by clicking the
‘Attachments’ link. The number shown in the link corresponds to the number of Attachments that have
been attached by Reviewers or Editors.
Once viewing the Attachments, an Editor may choose to download, remove, or edit the files, or upload their
own if they have the proper permissions. Editors may also choose whether Reviewers or Authors will have
access to this using the checkboxes in the two, right-hand columns.
Reviewer Questions
For Custom Review Questions the Reviewers’ responses are available for the Editor to review by clicking
the ‘View Reviews and Comments’ Action link and viewing the individual recommendations, or by
clicking the ‘View Review Question Responses’ link.
The Review Questions and Responses associated with a specific Submission may be displayed directly on
the ‘Submit Editor’s Decision and Comments’ page. Additionally, each question may be configured to
allow the Question and Response(s) to be merged into the decision letter sent to the Author using a
%REVIEW_QUESTIONS_AND_RESPONSES% merge field.
When an Editor Form is configured to display Review Questions and Responses, Editors will see a grid
containing all Custom Review Questions and the associated Responses for each Reviewer.
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Sample ‘Submit Decision’ page with Review Questions and Responses displayed
An Editor may collapse the Review Questions and Responses grid on the ‘Submit Decision’ page by
clicking the ‘minus’ button next to the section header. The section collapses (is suppressed), with the
‘minus’ button replaced by a ‘plus’
button.
Sample ‘Submit Decision’ page with Review Questions and Responses grid suppressed
When a particular Review Question is configured to be Available for Decision Letter Merging, a ‘merge’
checkbox appears for each Reviewer’s Response to that Question in the Review Questions and Responses
grid on the ‘Submit Editor’s Decision and Comments’ page. These boxes are selected/checked by default
when they display in the Review Questions and Responses grid. This allows the Editor to determine
whether the Review Question and each individual Response is merged into the decision letter using the
%REVIEW_QUESTIONS_AND_RESPONSES% merge field.
Sample page; three questions configured as Available for Decision Letter Merging
If a Question is not presented to a particular Reviewer, the response area is shaded with dark grey.
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Sample section; Question 2 asked of Reviewer 5 only
‘Expand All / Collapse All’ links are shown when the grid is displayed and at least one of the responses is
longer than 500 characters. These links expand/collapse the text of the Response. The individual cells that
exceed 500 characters also display ‘(more...)’/‘(less...)’ links, allowing individual cells to be
expanded/collapsed.
Sample of ‘(more...)’ link displayed
Sample of ‘(less...)’ link displayed
The merge field %REVIEW_QUESTIONS_AND_RESPONSES% will merge the Questions and selected
Responses into the draft Notify Author letter. Editors may edit the information directly in the letter if they
so choose.
Note: If all of the Responses are de-selected by the Editor, neither the Question nor any of the Responses
are pulled into the letter.
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Sample section of ‘Notify Author’ page
The information merged into the letter displays with the following features:
 The section has a header reading ‘Reviewer's Responses to Questions’
 A horizontal line <hr> is inserted after each Question in HTML formatted letters
 For plain text letters, 20 dashes are inserted in the line after the Question
Preview Letter: Example of selected Review Questions and Responses merged into letter
Completing Terminated Reviews
Sometimes Editors are forced to Terminate (or Un-invite) outstanding Reviewers prematurely from a
Submission to move it forward in the workflow. Editors may have further permission to Edit Terminated
Reviews within the system, in order to complete the review. From the ‘View Reviews and Comments’ page,
Editors with permission may complete Reviews from Reviewers that were Terminated after accepting the
invitation (i.e., which were in progress when the decision was made to terminate them).
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Sample ‘View Reviews and Comments page’ – [Terminated by Editor] will appear as a link
Clicking the ‘Terminated by <Editor Role>’ link brings the Editor to the ‘View Individual Reviewer
Comments’ page. If Reviewer Comments were submitted (using the ‘Save & Submit Later’ button on the
Review Form) prior to Termination, they will appear in the appropriate fields.
To complete the Terminated Review, the Editor must click ‘Edit Reviewer Comments’ and proceed to fill
out the Review Form. If an Overall Reviewer Manuscript Rating value was entered and saved (using the
‘Save & Submit Later’ button) prior to Reviewer Termination, it should carry over onto this form. After the
Editor submits their changes, the originally Terminated Review will now appear to have been submitted
normally by the original Reviewer, with a completion date equal to the original Termination date. This will
be reflected in all Reviewer Statistics and Activity details.
Once a previously Terminated Review has been edited and completed by an Editor, the Submission will
appear in the Reviewer’s ‘Completed Assignments’ folder and they will be able to view the Review from
the ‘View Reviews and Comments’ link.
A Review that was terminated before the Reviewer accepted the assignment cannot be edited in this way –
‘Terminated by Editor’ will not appear as a link on the ‘View Reviews and Comments’ page.
Individual Reviewer Comments to Authors
Review Forms may be configured to keep Reviewer Comments to Author separate from the Editor
Comments to Author. The Individual Reviewer Comments to Author will then be available for selection on
the Editor Decision page for inclusion in the Decision/Author Notification letter; Individual Reviewer
Comments are inserted as a separate block of text, using a merge field specifically for these.
The Individual Reviewer Comments to Authors are still copied into the Editor chain; so the version that is
seen and worked on by the in-chain Editors is not the original version submitted by the Reviewers.
Individual Reviewer Comments are copied up the chain, in the same way as the main Editor Comments to
Author field, so each Editor therefore sees their own copy of the Individual Reviewer comments.
Once enabled for one or more review forms, each Reviewer’s Comments to Author appear to Editors
submitting a decision as its own editable field. A checkbox next to the Reviewer name allows the Editor to
decide whether the Reviewer Comments to Author should be merged into the Decision/Notification Letter.
These selections, and the final text if edited by the Editor, are passed up the Editor chain and can be
changed by subsequent handling Editors. An asterisk next to the Reviewer Number indicates that the
comment has been edited.
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Sample ‘Editor Decision and Comments’ page – Individual Reviewer Comments enabled
In a workflow where more than one Editor Decision is rescinded (i.e., the most recent Editor Decision is
rescinded and then the previous Editor Decision is rescinded), the copies of all Individual Comments to
Author for the most recent Editor Decision are removed.
Once selected, the individual Reviewer Comments to Author may be merged into new Individual
Comments merge fields for Decision/Author Notification letters:
%INDIVIDUAL_REVIEWER_COMMENTS_TO_AUTHOR% and
%RESPONSES_AND_INDIVIDUAL_COMMENTS_TO_AUTHOR%.
The %COMMENTS_TO_AUTHOR% merge field will still need to be used to insert the Editor Comments
to Author if the Editors use this to record their own comments.
Submit Editor’s Decision and Comments
Editors submit their Decisions by clicking on the Action link called ‘Submit Editor’s Decision and
Comments’. This allows an Editor to be able to make a decision at any stage of the peer review. If there are
outstanding Reviews or Reviewer Invitations, then the following page will be displayed:
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Terminate Outstanding Assignments and Proceed
When an Editor wants to make a Decision on a
Submission, and there are outstanding Reviewer
assignments, the Editor must terminate or Un-invite
outstanding Reviewers before continuing with the
Decision process.
If one or more Reviewers have agreed to review, a
warning will alert the Editor to a Reviewer assignment
that has been started, but not yet submitted. The Editor
can then decide to Terminate the outstanding
assignments, Un-invite the Reviewers with outstanding
assignments by clicking ‘Yes’, or wait for the outstanding
assignments to be completed by clicking ‘No’. There is
also the option to go to the Reviewer Selection Summary
page.
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Overall Editor Manuscript Rating
Reviewers and Editors may rate the overall
quality of a manuscript using a single
Manuscript Rating (1-100).
Decision
Drop-down with Decision Term
choices. Each Decision Term is
associated with a specific Decision
Letter.
Note: If enabled in PolicyManager, Editors can be required to rate the reviews for the current revision
before being able to submit a decision. There is only one Editor rating for each review, for each revision of
the Submission. Only the ratings in place when the Final Disposition is made will be stored in the system.
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Comments to Author
All comments to the author from the Editor, Reviewers or subordinate Editors are
entered here. These comments will be merged into the author notification letter.
Reviewer, Editor and Decision Grid
Displays the same information as the ‘View Reviews
and Comments’ link.
You can create custom Editor Decision Phrases and add them to the Editor Form where they can be
selected by the Editor. Using a merge field, they can be merged into the decision letter. This feature allows
the journal to have a consistent voice among Editors.
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To make the review rating process simpler for Editors, there is an option to display review ratings directly
on the Submit Editor’s Decision and Comments page.
There is also an option to require that all reviews for the current revision are rated before the Editor can
submit his decision. If this option is enabled, and the Editor tries to submit a decision without entering
review ratings for all reviews for the current revision, an alert is displayed.
Rating Manuscripts by Reviewers and Editors Overview
Reviewers and Editors may rate the overall quality of a manuscript using a single Manuscript Rating (1100). Reviewers have the option of entering a Manuscript Rating when a review is submitted.
Editors and Reviewers may also be asked specific questions relating to the Submission. Reviewers answer
Manuscript Rating Questions on their Submit Reviewer Recommendation and Comments page as part of
the recommendation process.
Note: Manuscript Rating Questions apply to new Submissions only; Revised Submissions cannot be rated.
Submissions are expected to improve significantly throughout the revision process. Including the higher
ratings for revisions in statistics would adversely affect the desired result, which is to evaluate the overall
quality of Submissions coming in to the publication.
Manuscript Rating Card
The Manuscript Rating Card is a page that provides the Editor with a comprehensive, detailed picture of all
of the individual Manuscript Rating scores for a particular Submission.
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Rescinding a Decision
Editors may rescind a Decision after the Author has been notified of the Editor’s Decision. Decisions may
be rescinded up the entire Editor Chain. The ‘Rescind Decision’ page confirms which Editor assignment is
being re-opened by the current Rescind action being carried out.
Additionally, if there is a saved draft Decision Letter associated with the current revision, the user
performing the Rescind action will be able to pass the draft decision letter back to the Editor whose
assignment is being re-opened.
When a draft letter is passed back down the chain to an Editor, then that Editor, upon clicking their ‘Submit
Editor’s Decision and Comments’ link, will be taken directly to the ‘Notify Author’ page with the draft
letter loaded. The Editor’s available actions are based on their Author Notification permissions (send the
letter, submit their decision with the draft, or discard the letter and submit their own decision).
If a Submission is in the ‘Author’s Submissions with a Decision’ folder and the Decision is rescinded, the
Submission moves out of the ‘Submissions with a Decision’ folder and back into the ‘Submissions Being
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Processed’ or ‘Revisions Being Processed’ folder, as appropriate. Likewise, if a Submission is in the
‘Submissions Needing Revision’ folder and the Decision is rescinded, the Submission moves out of the
‘Submissions Needing Revision’ folder, and back into the ‘Submissions Being Processed’ or ‘Revisions
Being Processed’ folder, as appropriate.
Note: If the Author has started submitting the revision (i.e., Submission is in the ‘Incomplete Submissions
Being Revised’ or ‘Revisions Waiting for Author’s Approval’ folders), the Editor is not allowed to rescind
his Decision.
‘Notify Author’ – Sending the Decision Letter to the Author
The Decision Letter can be sent to the Author by either an assigned Editor or by the Editorial Staff,
depending on who has the permission.
If the Editor has the permission to notify the Author, the Corresponding Author notification letter will
display as soon as the decision is submitted.
If the Editorial Office notifies the Author of the decision, they will be sent a system notification that an
Editor decision has been made. They can then use the ‘Notify Author’ Action link to send the appropriate
letter to the Author. If the Author has not yet been notified and the Editor has permission to do so, a Notify
Author link will appear in the Author Notified Date column of the Power Grid view of submissions.
If an Editor submits a decision on which s/he is allowed to notify the Author, then the Editor Assignment
remains open until either the Editor sends the Decision Letter to the Author. This would be the case if an
Editor chooses ‘Save and Send Later’.
The ‘Save and Send Later’ option allows the Editor to save a customized letter and keep the Submission in
their ‘All Submissions with Required Reviews Complete’ folder. Once a letter has been saved, clicking the
‘Submit Editor’s Decision and Comments’ Action link for that Submission will now return the Editor to the
‘Notify Author’ page with the saved letter loaded for editing. The Submission remains in this folder until
the letter is sent or the decision is submitted without notifying the Author.
The ‘Submit Decision without Notifying Author’ button is also provided on the ‘Notify Author’ page. This
option allows the Editor to explicitly save the decision and cancel the Author notification, completing their
assignment and moving the Submission up the chain. Editor Roles may also be configured so that they may
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only notify the Author when submitting a decision. This can be further refined to allow Editors to notify the
Author of some decisions, but not others.
Multiple letter templates may be configured to be available with any decision term. If the Editor drafting
the notification letter wishes to change to another letter template, they may do so by using the modify letter
drop-down.
Decision Letter Attachments
When sending the notification letter to the Author, the Editor will have one final chance to make any
Attachments made to the Submission available to the Author. The Editor will be able to view each
Attachment individually and select which ones the Author will have access to.
Note: If a publication has been configured to do so these attachments will also be sent to the recipient’s
inbox with the Decision Letter as an e-mail attachment.
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Draft Decisions
In some cases, a publication may not be configured to allow an Editor to directly notify the Author, but
may want the Editor to draft a notification letter. In these instances, an Editor will be able to access the
‘Notify Author’ page, but will not have the ability to send the letter. Instead the Editor will use the ‘Submit
Decision with Draft Letter’ option to pass their draft of the Decision Letter up the Editor Chain where a
higher-level Editor will be able to review, edit, and ratify the letter. When a lower-level Editor has
submitted a decision with a saved draft of the Decision Letter, the next in-chain Editor is immediately taken
to the Author Notification letter saved by the previous Editor upon clicking the ‘Submit Editor's Decision
and Comments’ Action link.
Once the letter has been passed up the chain, the upper-level Editor may also choose to return the draft
letter to the lower-level Editor by using the ‘Return to’ link which becomes available while the draft letter
is viewed. This link will pull in the name of the Editor who drafted the letter and allow the higher-level
Editor to return the letter with or without edits to the lower-level Editor for further tweaking.
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If the last Editor in the chain has permission to notify the Author after the selected decision, then the Editor
is allowed to either:
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Accept this decision as their own decision without submitting their own comments and send the
Decision Letter to the Author
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Override the previous Editor’s decision, submit their own comments, record a different decision,
draft a new letter, and send it to the Author
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Return the Submission to the original Editor for a new decision (effectively rescinding the
decision) by returning the Submission without the draft letter
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Return the draft letter to the original Editor for revision by returning the Submission with the draft
letter
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Submit his/her decision to the next Editor in the chain (with or without a draft letter) for review
before the Author is notified by using the ‘Submit Decision without Notifying Author’ button
Modifying Editor Decisions
Any Editor with the appropriate permission may also change the final Editor’s Decision from the Notify
Author page. The ‘Modify Decision’ drop-down allows the user to change the Editor’s Decision. Changing
the Decision Term will automatically insert the appropriate Decision Letter in the editable box lower down
on the page. Any existing Reviewer and/or Editor comments will be inserted into the changed letter if the
appropriate merge fields are present in the letter.
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Note: The modified Decision will overwrite the previous Decision. This means that the Submission record
will not show that an incorrect Decision had been made, but rather, the correct Decision will be attributed
to the Editor who made the initial incorrect Decision.
‘Set Final Disposition’
Setting the Final Disposition (accept/reject/withdraw) completes the peer review process. It also triggers
transmittal of accepted manuscripts to production if your publication is configured to do so. Logic is
utilized to ensure that the Final Disposition selected by the user matches the Final Decision made on the
Submission. For example, when the Final Disposition term ‘Accept’ is selected, EM will check the Editor
Decision term to see if it is in the ‘Accept’ decision family. If the term does not match the decision family
(is in the ‘Reject’ family), a warning message will appear warning of the discrepancy.
‘Linked Submissions’
Submissions can be linked together. A Submission may be added to an existing ‘Link Submission’ group,
or added as the first Submission in a newly created ‘Linked Submission’ group. This link will allow an
Editor to ‘Create a New group’ or to select a group from a pre-defined list. EM will add the Submission to
the group.
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This feature is designed to provide Editors with a method of linking Submissions for general reference
(those that are related by Author or topic) or to group Letters to the Editor together to take advantage of
special functionality. Linked Submission icons are displayed next to linked Submissions in the Editor
folders, providing immediate visibility to the fact that the Submission belongs to a Linked Submission
Group.
Creating a New Linked Group
From the Action links of the selected folder, the Editor should select ‘Linked Submissions’. Clicking this
link displays the ‘Add to/Create Linked Submission Group’ page. From this menu, the Editor will be able to
select from an existing display of groups or create a new group.
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Click on the ‘Create a New Group’ button to set up a new group. The following menu will be displayed:
The Editor must enter the ‘Linked Submission Group Name’ and select the ‘Linked Submission Group
Type’ to create the group.
The Linked Submission Group Type choices are either ‘Linked With’ for general linking, or ‘Letter to the
Editor’ to take advantage of the special Letter to the Editor functionality. After selecting the Group Type,
the Editor should click on Submit. When the new group has been created, the Editor can add Submissions
to the group.
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Note: Once the Group has been created, it is available for selection in the drop-down on the ‘Add
to/Create Linked Submission Group’ page. Additional Submissions can be added to the group at any time.
Note: Editors with permission to Create/Edit Linked Submission Groups can assign a PWID (Publish With
ID) to a linked Submission on the ‘Add to/Create Linked Submission Group’ page. Editors with this
permission can also assign a PWID to linked Submissions on the ‘Linked Submissions’ pages. This is
achieved by selecting the ‘Publish With’ checkbox for each Submission to be assigned a PWID and clicking
the ‘Assign Publish With ID’ button.
Adding a Submission to an Existing Group
A Submission can be added to an existing group by clicking on the ‘Linked Submission’ Action links,
selecting the group from a drop-down, and then clicking on the ‘Add to Group’ button. Once a Submission
has been added to a group, it is displayed on the ‘Linked Submissions’ page, and a Linked Submissions icon
is displayed in search results and system folders.
On the ‘Linked Submissions’ page, Editors with permissions to Create/Edit Linked Submission Groups can
click on the ‘Add Submission’ link associated with a group to use the Search Submissions feature to look
up Submissions and then add them to the group. The Editor will automatically be taken to the Search
Submissions selection criteria with the Criterion of Linked Submission Group Name being selected by
default.
There are specific search criteria available to Linked Submissions; they are:
1.
Linked Submission Group Name
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2.
3.
Publish with ID
Publish With ID Description
Editors can use the Selector and Value in the same way as when searching for Submissions in general.
A checkbox is displayed for each Submission returned in the results. The Editor selects the Submissions
they wish to add to the group and clicks on the ‘Add to Group’ button.
Note: The ‘Select’ checkbox is suppressed for Submissions that already belong to the group.
Linked Submissions Page
From the ‘Linked Submissions’ page, Editors with permission to Create/Edit Linked Submission Groups
can perform the following actions:
1. Create a new group that contains the Submission currently being viewed (the ‘referring’ Submission).
After creating the new group, the user is returned to the ‘Linked Submissions’ page and the newly created
group is selected by default.
2. Add the referring Submission to an existing group by selecting a group from a drop-down selector near
the top of the page.
3. Search for other Submissions to add to an existing group by clicking the Add Submission link (as
described above).
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4. Modify an existing group (e.g., Group Name, Group Type, or remove Submissions from the Group) by
clicking the ‘Edit Linked Group’ Action link.
5. Remove all Linked Submissions from a group at once by clicking the ‘Clear Group’ link. When this link
is clicked, a warning is displayed so the user can confirm intent to remove all Submissions from the group.
6. Users with permission to Set Active/Inactive Status for Linked Submission Groups may activate any
inactive group by clicking the ‘Set Active Status’ link, or inactivate any active group by clicking the ‘Set
Inactive Status’ link. When either of these links are clicked, a warning is displayed so the user can confirm
intent to activate/inactivate the group.
• When a group is made active, Submissions can be added to the group.
• When a group is made inactive, Submissions can no longer be added to the group.
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7. Remove an individual Submission from a group by clicking the ‘Remove from Group’ link. When this
link is clicked, a warning is displayed so the user can confirm intent to remove the Submission from the
group.
8. Assign a PWID by clicking the ‘Publish With ID’ button.
Note: The Assign Publish With ID is a separate feature discussed in the Publishing Submissions Together
section of this document.
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Editors with view-only access to Linked Submission Groups (i.e., View Linked Submission Groups
permission is enabled but Create/Edit Linked Submission Groups is not enabled) see a version of the
‘Linked Submissions’ page where they can view information about the linked groups, but cannot edit the
group in any way.
Letter to the Editor Functionality – Linked Submissions
EM supports the management of Letters to the Editor, where unsolicited Submissions are received in
response to an already published paper. Letters to the Editor linking includes specialized ‘rules’, further
distinguishing it from the general (Linked With) Submission linking.
1. When a Commentary is solicited from one of the Submissions linked together with the Letter to the
Editor linking mechanism, it is possible for the Author of the Commentary (the Author of the original
published article) to submit a ‘response back’ paper that will become a member of the group.
2. When an Invited Author submits a Commentary where the invitation was generated from a Submission
belonging to a Letter to the Editor group, his Invited Commentary is automatically added to the Letter to
the Editor Group. The ‘response back’ Commentary (Reviewer PDF) can be made available to the Authors
of selected Submissions in the group when a decision is made on their Letter to the Editor.
Invited and Commissioned Papers
There are two general scenarios where Author solicitations may occur:
1. Commentaries: Commentaries may be solicited on a submitted article (that may or may not have yet
been accepted for publication). This feature provides a way to invite an Author to submit a paper and link
the existing (‘parent’) Submission to the associated Commentaries (‘child’ Submissions).
2. Proposals: This feature provides a way to invite Authors to submit papers and link the Submissions for
the purpose of tracking. A publication can invite Author(s) to submit a manuscript on a particular topic; or
a publication devotes an entire issue (special issue) to Invited manuscripts on a particular topic(s).
Initiating and Managing Commentaries
Initiating a Commentary
A Commentary is created when an Editor determines that a particular Submission requires a Commentary
or a response (perhaps from an expert, one of the Reviewers, etc.). The existing Submission can be
anywhere in the workflow (new assignments, under review, in final disposition, etc.).
The Editor (with appropriate permission) clicks the ‘Solicit Commentary’ Action link in the Submission
record.
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The first step in the Solicit Commentary process is for the Editor to enter the following information on the
‘Target Publication Schedule’ page:
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Target Publication Date (required)
Target Publication Volume (optional)
Target Publication Issue (optional)
Author Invitation Due. This is the number of days the Author has to respond to the invitation. If a
zero is entered, this indicates the invitation due date feature is not being used.
Author Submission Due. This is entered as a number, which is used to calculate an actual date
from the Target Publication Date. This means that the Author’s due date is set backward FROM
the Target Publication Date, and is not set FORWARD from the date of invitation or date the
invitation was accepted. If a zero is entered, this indicates the Submission due date feature is not
being used.
A confirmation screen will be displayed:
The third step is to select an Author(s) from the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page.
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Users may Search for Authors or Search by Personal Classifications and click ‘Go’ to execute the search.
Search for Authors Menu
The following fields are included in the criteria drop-down:
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Last Name
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Select from the above Criterion to locate the Author (he or she must be already added to the system – if not,
the Editor will need to ‘Proxy’ register the Authors before being able to continue with this step). Following
the above search, the page displayed is similar to the ‘Reviewer Selection Summary’ page. The Author
Selection Summary screen is the starting point for the Author selection process; it also displays the list of
Authors invited to submit a Commentary, and it shows the status of each Author invitation.
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The Author Selection Summary screen lists the following Author Selection modes: Search for Authors and
Search by Personal Classifications. Other functions available from the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page
include access to the ‘Details’ page and the Un-invite Author function.
Search for Authors: When Search for Author is selected, the Editor is brought to a search interface. The
user can enter up to three sets of criteria.
Search by Personal Classifications: When Search by Personal Classifications is selected, the Editor can
search for Authors based on the Personal Classifications associated with each Author. The Editor is brought
to a page that lists all of the Classifications that are assigned to people in the system with a checkbox next
to each term. The Editor can select a maximum of five Classification Terms. A list of Authors associated
with the selected Classifications is returned.
Note: The list of Classifications may appear incomplete because it is a list of all Classifications assigned to
registered users; it is not a complete list of Classifications. If a Classification term does not appear on the
list that means no one in the system has selected that term as a Personal Classification.
After an Author(s) is selected, send either the default invitation letter (as set up in ActionManager), or
customize the default letter.
Multiple Authors can be invited at the same time. The Editor has an opportunity to customize each letter by
clicking on the letter name next to the Author name. The Editor will also have the opportunity to NOT
invite an Author from the list of invited Authors, without having to back out of the entire process, by
checking ‘Do Not Invite’ next to the Author name.
Initiating and Managing Proposals
This feature provides a way to invite Authors to submit papers and link the Submissions for the purpose of
tracking. A publication can invite an Author(s) to submit a manuscript on a particular topic; or a
publication devotes an entire issue (special issue) to Invited Submissions on a particular topic(s).
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Note: The Proposal Submission is not a regular Submission. A Proposal will not go through any peer
review and will not receive any Decision. The Proposal is used as an invitation vehicle. The Proposal PDF
can be used to deliver the details of the Proposal to the Invited Authors and it can be used to provide
supplementary materials to the Invited Authors (such as scanned articles, outlines, etc.). The Proposal is
also used to keep Author invitations organized, and as a single point where submitted articles can be
viewed and monitored.
Custom Invited Proposal Numbering
Invited Submission Manuscript Number format is configurable by Article Type within PolicyManager and
will apply to all Invited or Assigned Submissions associated with the Proposal of that Article Type. Two
Manuscript Number format options are available: Use format configured on Set Manuscript Number
Format page and Use Prefix + Incrementing Number entered on the Initiate Proposal page. The numbers
can be configured one of three ways:
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Automatically Assign Manuscript Number at Author Submission
Automatically Assign Manuscript Number When an Editor is Assigned
Proposal Menu as Default Menu
Users can choose to have the ‘Proposal Menu’ as their default menu when they login if they primarily work
with inviting Authors to submit papers. Contact the Publication’s Administrator for more details.
Initiating a Proposal
The Editor (with appropriate permission) must first go to the ‘Manage Proposals Menu’ by clicking on the
‘Manage Proposals Menu’ tab at the top of the screen (directly below the Navigation Bar). From the
‘Manage Proposals Menu’ the Editor clicks the link labeled ‘Initiate Proposal’.
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This link brings the Editor to a page where the Editor can create a Proposal (‘parent’ submission) using an
enhanced version of the manuscript submission interface.
The first step in the Initiate Proposals submission process is for the Editor to enter the target schedule
information (if required) on the Initiate Proposals page. The Editor may pre-select an Article Type for
Invited Submissions. The Author Will Select option allows the invited Author to select from a list of
invited article types.
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Title – Proposal Title
Target Publication Date – Once the Editor has entered a Target Publication Date, the default
Author Submission Due Date can be calculated (see last item in list).
Target Publication Volume – Optional
Target Publication Issue – Optional
Author Invitation Due – This is the number of days the Author has to respond to the invitation. If
a zero is entered, this indicates the invitation due date feature is not being used.
Author Submission Due – This is entered as a number, which is used to calculate an actual date
from the Target Publication Date. This means that the Author’s due date is set BACKWARD
FROM the Target Publication Date, and is not set FORWARD from the date that Author was
invited or the date the Author accepted the invitation. If a zero is entered, this indicates the
Submission due date feature is not being used.
Author Submission Due Date – Author’s due date, dependent on the Number of Days prior to
Target Publication Date.
At the bottom of the Initiate Proposal page there are four buttons labeled ‘Cancel’, ‘Proceed and Build
PDF’, ‘Proceed with no PDF’, and ‘Assign to Myself and Invite Authors’.
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Proceed and Build PDF
Clicking the button labeled ‘Proceed and Build PDF’ allows Editors to upload a Submission Item and build
it into a PDF for the Proposal. After building and approving the PDF, the Proposal must be assigned to an
Editor who will handle the Author invitation process.
Proceed with no PDF
A Proposal can be created, assigned to an Editor, and Authors Invited without having to build and approve
a PDF. This selection sends the Proposal directly to the ‘New Proposals Requiring Assignments’ folder.
Assign to Myself and Invite Authors
Clicking the button labeled ‘Assign to Myself and Invite Authors’ creates the Proposal and takes the Editor
directly to the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page.
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If the publication is configured for manual manuscript numbering, a manuscript number must be
entered on the ‘Initiate Proposal’ page before the user can proceed to the ‘Author Selection
Summary’ page.
If the publication is configured for automated manuscript numbering, the manuscript number is
automatically assigned when the ‘Assign to Myself and Invite Authors’ button is clicked and the
user proceeds to the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page.
Note: This button is shown only to Editors with the correct RoleManager permissions.
Inviting or Assigning Authors for a Proposal
The paper will be in the assigned Editor’s ‘New Proposal Assignments’ folder. A list of Action links is
displayed below.
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The Editor selects one or more Author(s) from the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page by clicking the ‘Invite
Authors’ or ‘Assign Authors’ link. The Author Selection Summary screen is the starting point for the
Author selection process; it also displays the list of Authors invited or assigned to submit, and it shows the
status of each Author invitation/assignment.
The Author Selection Summary screen lists the following Author Selection modes: Search for Authors and
Search by Personal Classifications. Other functions available from the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page
include access to the ‘Details’ page and the Un-invite Author function.
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Search for Authors Mode
When Search for Author is selected from the search mode drop-down, the Editor is brought to a search
interface. The user can enter up to three sets of criteria.
The following fields are included in the criteria drop-down:
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Author Invitation Statistics
Editors can see Author Invitation statistics when searching for Authors to invite for Commentaries or
Proposals. The current and historical information regarding Author invitations is displayed on the ‘Search
for Author Results’ and ‘Search for Alternate Author Results’ pages, including the number of invitations
accepted by the Author, number of invitations declined, and number of outstanding invitations.
The following statistics associated with Author invitations are shown in the Author Statistics column:
1. Invited Submissions Received – Displays the total number of Invited Submissions the Author has
submitted to date.
2. Un-invited Before Agreeing – Displays the total number of Invited Submissions where the invited
Author was un-invited before having agreed to submit.
3. Un-invited After Agreeing – Displays the total number of Invited Submissions where the invited
Author was un-invited after having agreed to submit.
4. Last Invited Submission Agreed – Displays the latest date that the Author agreed to submit an invited
submission.
5. Last Invited Submission Received – Displays the latest date that the Author submitted an Invited
Submission.
6. Last Invited Submission Declined – Displays the latest date that the Author declined an invitation.
7. Avg Days to Submit – Displays the average number of days that the Author has taken to submit the
agreed submissions after accepting their Author invitations, not including those that were subsequently uninvited.
The following statistics associated with Author Invitations are added to the Invitation Statistics column
under the Outstanding Invitations field already displayed:
1. Agreed – Displays the total number of invitations where the Author agreed to submit, including those
that have already been submitted and those where the Author was subsequently un-invited.
2. Declined – Displays the total number of invitations where the Author declined to submit.
3. Un-invited – Displays the total number of times the Author was un-invited by an Editor before
responding to an invitation.
4. Total Invitations – Displays the total number of Author Invitations sent to the Author. This total is
equal to the sum of the four values above it in the Invitation Statistics column.
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‘Search for Authors by Name and Address’ results page display (partial)
Click here for additional
author invitation statistics
Additional Author Invitation Statistics
An Editor can also access the ‘People Information’ page for a potential Author by clicking the Name link
associated with candidates in the results set.
Four sections displaying Author Invitation Statistics now appear on the ‘People Information’ page (when
there are statistics available):
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Current Author Invitation Statistics
Historical Author Invitation Statistics
Historical Author Invitation Performance Summary
Historical Author Invitation Averages
The Current Author Invitation Statistics section displays the following information:
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1. Date Last Agreed – Displays the latest date that the Author agreed to an invitation.
2. Invited Submissions in Progress – Displays the current number of submissions where the
Author agreed to submit, but has yet to submit the invited submission to the editorial office and
has not been un-invited. This field matches the Agreed and Awaiting Submission field on the
‘Author Search Results’ pages.
3. Outstanding Invitations – Displays the current number of invitations that the Author has not
yet responded to. This field matches the Outstanding Invitations field on the ‘Author Search
Results’ pages.
The Historical Author Invitation Statistics section shows the following historical information related to
Author Invitations:
1. Total Author Invitations – Displays the total number of invitations sent to the Author. This
field matches the Total Invitations field on the ‘Author Search Results’ pages.
2. Agreed to Submit – Displays the total number of invitations where the Author agreed to
submit, including those that have already been submitted and those where the Author was
subsequently un-invited. This field matches the Agreed field on the ‘Author Search Results’ pages.
3. Declined to Submit – Displays the total number of invitations where the Author declined to
submit. This field matches the Declined field on the ‘Author Search Results’ pages.
4. Un-invited Before Agreeing to Submit – Displays the total number of times that the Author
was un-invited by an Editor before responding to an invitation. This field matches the Un-invited
field on the ‘Author Search Results’ pages.
The Historical Author Invitation Performance Summary displays the following information related to
Author Invitations:
1. Total Invited Submissions Received – Displays the total number of Invited Submissions
received from the Author. This field matches the Invited Submissions Received field on the
‘Author Search Results’ pages.
2. Submitted On Time – Displays the total number of Invited Submissions submitted by the
Author before their Author Submission Due Date had elapsed.
NOTE: Invited submissions with no due date are also included in this count.
3. Submitted Late – Displays the total number of Invited Submissions submitted by the Author
after their Author Submission Due Date elapsed.
4. Un-invited After Agreeing to Submit – Displays the total number of times that the Author was
un-invited by an Editor after agreeing to an invitation.
5. Date Last Invited Submission Received – Displays the date that the Author last submitted an
Invited Submission. This field matches the Last Invited Submission Received field added to the
‘Author Search Results’ pages.
The Historical Author Invitation Averages displays the following averages calculated for Author Invitation
statistics:
1. Days to Respond to Author Invitation – Displays the average number of days between the
Author Invitation being sent and the Author clicking either the ‘Agree to Submit’ link or deep link
or the ‘Decline to Submit’ link or deep link.
2. Days to Submit Invited Submission – Displays the average number of days between the
Author clicking the ‘Agree to Submit’ link or deep link and the Author approving the PDF for
their Invited Submission. This field matches the Avg. Days to Submit field on the ‘Author Search
Results’ pages.
3. Days Late – Displays the average number of days past the Author Submission Due Date that
the Author submitted any late Invited Submissions.
Note: Only Submissions which were submitted after their due date count toward this average.
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4. # of Author Reminders – Displays the average number of Author reminder letters the Author
has received per Author Invitation.
Search by Personal Classifications Mode
When Search by Personal Classifications is selected, the Editor can search for Authors based on the
Personal Classifications associated with each Author. The Editor is brought to a page that lists all of the
Classifications that are assigned to people in the system with a checkbox next to each term.
The Editor can select a maximum of five Classification Terms. A list of Authors associated with the
selected Classifications is returned.
Note: The list of Classifications that is displayed may appear incomplete because it is a list of all
Classifications assigned to users, rather than a complete list of Classifications. Therefore, if a
Classification term does not appear in this list, no one in the system has selected that term as a Personal
Classification.
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Multiple invitations can be sent to the same Author for a particular Proposal or Submission. The Editor can
enter the Number of Invitation Letters to be sent to each Author on the ‘Search for Authors’ page. The
Author can also be invited multiple times after the initial invitation. This allows the Author to submit
multiple manuscripts in response to a Proposal or Commentary.
Sending Author Invitations
Multiple Authors can be invited at the same time. Once a selection has been made by checking the box by
the side of the Author, the following screen will be displayed:
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After Authors to invite have been selected, and the Editor clicks the ‘Proceed’ button, s/he is taken to a new
page where multiple letters may be selected and customized.
 The Letter column contains a drop-down of all letters assigned to the Author Invitation Letter Family.
Any of the letters assigned to this family may be selected (and customized, if desired) and used as the
invitation letter.
 Editors can also change the Invited Author response due date and the Author Submission due date.
It is also possible to have other roles set up to receive a notification letter when an Author is invited.
Letters sent to non-Author roles are segregated into a separate section of the page, headed ‘Others Notified
of Author Invitation’. Editors will have an opportunity to customize each letter by clicking on the letter
name next to the Author name. The Editor will also have the opportunity to NOT invite an Author from the
list of invited Authors, without having to back out of the entire process, by checking the ‘Do Not Invite’
checkbox next to the Author name.
Once the letters have been customized, the Editor must click on the button labeled ‘Confirm Selections and
Send Letters’.
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‘Author Selection Summary’ page
If an Author has been invited multiple times, his name appears multiple times on the ‘Author Selection
Summary’ page, with the color-coded status and status date for each individual invitation.
Note: Clicking the ‘Un-invite’ link un-invites the Author from that specific invitation only; it does not uninvite the Author from any other invitations associated with the Submission. If an Author is invited multiple
times, s/he will see each individual invitation in the ‘My New Invitations’ folder on the ‘Author Main
Menu’.
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Assign Authors
Editors may Assign an Author to submit a Commentary or an Invited Submission in response to a Proposal
without waiting for the Author to respond to an Invitation. Author List Files (ALFs) that are uploaded can
indicate whether an uploaded Author record is available for Invitation or Assignment. This is especially
useful when working with book workflows and other publications where the Authors are predetermined.
A value of TRUE in the INVITE column will mark the Author for Invitation when the ALF is uploaded. A
value of FALSE in the INVITE column will mark the Author for Assignment when the ALF is uploaded.
Once an ALF is loaded, both options will always be available when selecting Authors on the ‘Author
Candidates’ Results page. Permission for an Editor to assign only, invite only, or both, must be configured
in RoleManager.
Alternate Authors
Editors can build a list of Alternate Invited Authors (similar to Alternate Reviewers) that would take the
place of Primary Authors who decline the invitation, are un-invited, or if the invitations expire. Alternate
Invited Authors can be promoted manually or automatically by the system. Automatic promotion can be
turned off for publications that want to manually promote Invited Authors.
To search for Alternate Authors, the Editor would select Search for Alternate Authors from the Search My
Publication drop-down and click the ‘Go’ button. Editors can also Search for Alternate Authors by Personal
Classifications.
Clicking the ‘Alternate Author Invitation Letters’ link takes the user to the ‘Select Alternate Authors –
Invitation Letter’ page, where s/he can change the letter selection and/or customize the letter that will be
sent to the Author if s/he is promoted.
Editors with RoleManager permission to Promote Alternate Authors can manually promote an Alternate
Author by clicking the Promote link on the ‘Author Selection Summary’ page.
Alternate Authors are displayed on the ‘Editorial Details’ and ‘Proposal Details’ pages.
Automated Author Un-invite
Authors can be automatically un-invited by the system if the Author does not accept or decline the
invitation to submit by the Invited Author Response Date. This date is derived from the Number of Days
Author Has to Respond to Invitation setting on the ‘Edit Article Type’ page in PolicyManager, and the
publication’s setting for calculation of due dates (working days or calendar days) is taken into account.
Editors with appropriate RoleManager permission can modify the Number of Days Author Has to Respond
to Invitation date during the Author invitation process.
When the automatic un-invite process occurs, the Un-invite Authors ActionManager event is triggered and
the letter associated with the Un-invite Authors event will be sent to the Author being un-invited. If no
letter is configured, no letter will be sent, but the Author will still be un-invited.
If the publication also has the Automatically Promote Alternate Authors option selected for the selected
Article Type, the batch process will automatically un-invite the Author(s) and promote any available
Alternates in their place.
Register and Invite New Author/Select as Alternate
‘Register and Invite New Author’ and ‘Register and Select as Alternate’ links facilitate the quick
registration of a person who cannot be found in the people database when searching for an Authors to invite
or select as Alternates, without having to exit the Author Invitation interface.
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The Editor can proxy register the person using minimal contact information and immediately send that
person an invitation e-mail, or select him or her as an Alternate Author. Editors with permission to Proxy
Register New Users in RoleManager will see the ‘Register and Invite New Author’ link on the ‘Author
Selection Summary’, ‘Search for Authors Results’ and ‘Search for Authors by Personal Classifications
Results’ pages.
When the proxy registration is complete, the Editor can navigate directly back to the Author search
interface and continue with the invitation or selection as alternate process.
View Related Submissions
The ‘View Related Submissions’ link will bring the Editor to a page that displays the Invited Article’s
‘parent’ submission (the Proposal), as well as all other Invited Submissions related to that parent.
All invited articles related to a Proposal will be received in the ‘New Submissions Requiring Assignment’
folder. The Submission will need to be assigned to an Editor who will handle the peer review process and
make a decision. All regular Action links are available, as well the Action link ‘View Related
Submissions’. The ‘View Related Submissions’ link will bring the Editor to a page that displays the invited
Article’s ‘parent’ submission (the Proposal), as well as all other Invited Submissions related to that parent.
Once the Editor is assigned, the Submission can follow whatever workflow the publication wishes. For
example, the Editor can assign another Editor, Invite Reviewers, or Submit a Decision.
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Search Proposals
There is a specific option available on the ‘Proposal Menu’ called Search Proposals.
Clicking on this link takes the user to a page similar to Search Submissions, where desired selection
criteria related to Proposals may be entered. Like Search Submissions, the user can enter an unlimited
number of search parameters and save the search criteria for future use.
Note: Target Publication Date, Volume, and Issue all pertain to the Proposal parent submission, and not
to any child submissions associated with the Proposal. The results of the Proposal search are limited to
submissions in the Proposal Article Type Family, with a link to View Related Submissions associated with
the Proposal.
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Setting Final Disposition on Proposals
In order to move a completed Proposal into the ‘View All Completed Proposal’ folder, a Final
Disposition must be set. Proposals do not get published and are not transmitted to production. There are
only two Final Dispositions available for Proposals: Completed Proposal and Withdrawn Proposal.
To set Final Disposition click the ‘Set Final Disposition’ Action link and select the appropriate term
from the Final Disposition drop-down.
Before setting either type of Final Disposition the Editor must ‘un-invite’ any outstanding Author
invitations and ‘un-invite’ any Authors who have not yet submitted an article.
Submissions that have already been submitted to the publication are not affected by setting a Final
Disposition on the Proposal. These Submissions will still be linked to the parent Proposal and to each
other.
Reports
Editorial Manager contains a library of pre-defined reports that are available for immediate use. With
permission, Editors can create custom reports or export data from individual tables using the General Data
Export functionality. Some of the “canned” reports will allow users to save the data to a tab delimited file,
which can be opened in an application such as Excel.
Enterprise Analytics Reporting (EAR)
Enterprise Analytics Reporting (EAR) is an additional reporting tool available in EM. EAR uses a thirdparty reporting tool from Izenda, L.L.C. For publications wishing to create customized reports, EAR
diminishes the need to manipulate extracted data with external tools such as Excel, and enables the
generation of simple graphical reports.
If enabled, all Editors with Produce Reports permission will see an ‘Enterprise Analytics Reporting’ link on
the ‘Reports’ menu. Clicking this link leads to the ‘EAR Main Menu’.
This menu provides access to a set of Standard Reports created for all publications. The Standard Reports
section of the Main Menu has two categories of reports: Editorial Reports and Production Tracking Reports
(displayed only for publications using Production Tracking). Clicking on a report name immediately runs
the report and displays results based on the report’s default selection criteria (referred to as Filters). System
Administrators may hide the Standard Reports section of EAR and CrossPublication EAR if they are not
relevant to their publications.
The ‘EAR Main Menu’ allows users to:
• Run standard reports and adjust report parameters if the report allows it
• Run shared reports created by other users
• Create reports and share these with other users, if desired
• Create new reports, basing these on existing reports, if desired
• E-mail report results to other users
• Schedule report deliveries to users via e-mail on a regular basis (permission required)
Editors may use the ‘Create Report’ link, located to the left of the ‘EAR Main Menu’, to make a new
report, or they may use a Standard Report (or any other existing report) as a starting point, using the Design
option to edit and save the modified version as a new report. When reports have been created and saved by
the Editor, these will display on the ‘EAR Main Menu’ in a separate section. Reports can be saved as
individual-level reports (accessible only to the report creator) which are listed in the My Reports section, or
shared with other users and listed in the Shared Reports section.
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EAR has an All Schedule Groups Table of Contents and Headers View in the Data Sources drop-down.
XEAR has a CrossPublication All Schedule Groups Table of Contents and Headers View and a CrossPublication All Schedule Groups TOC and Additional Manuscript Details View. The Custom Report
interface has an All Schedule Groups Table of Contents and Headers View. These three views contain
information related to both open/re-opened schedule groups and closed schedule groups.
Single-journal views are available through EAR and Custom Reports. All XEAR views are available
through XEAR and CrossPublication Custom Reports.
Kudos
Kudos (https://www.growkudos.com/) is a web-based platform that allows researchers to gain visibility for
their published work, increasing its impact. A custom question is created for Authors to provide a brief,
plain language summary of their work at submission. The publication can configure this summary to
transmit to Kudos using an EAR. The Kudos Report can be found on the list of Standard Reports. This
feature is available to all Kudos clients that use EM and is configured in PolicyManager.
Bibliometric Intelligence Analysis
Metaα’s Bibliometric Intelligence tool helps Editors better identify which Submissions may be the best “fit”
for the publication. A publication that has a valid account with Metaα can configure the results to be
displayed to Roles with permissions. You can set color coding for different ranges of results, send
Submissions to Metaα, and allow users to Initiate Bibliometric Intelligence Analysis and/or View
Bibliometric Intelligence Results for Editors and Publishers.
Note: There is a fee associated with the use of Metaα. The feature can only be activated after an
additional agreement with Aries has been reached with the publisher.
checkCIF Integration
A file with the extension .cif (Crystallographic Information Format) may be sent to a “checkCIF” tool,
which reports on the consistency and integrity of crystal structure determinations contained in the file. The
tool is hosted by the IUCr (International Union of Crystallography), and the .cif files are sent via API.
As with other quality-checking features offered in EM/PM, the publication can configure when the file is
sent out for testing. The following workflow points may be configured to send .cif file Submission items to
checkCIF:
 Original PDF Building by Author
 Original PDF Building by Editor
 First Reviewer Invited/Assigned for Original Submission
 Revised PDF Building by Author
 Revised PDF Building by Editor
 Author Notified of Editor Decision in the ‘Accept’ Decision Family
 Author Notified of Editor Decision in the ‘Revise’ Decision Family
 Create Submission
Note: .cif files cannot be built into EM PDFs. The Submission Item must be configured to Build
Hyperlink to the Item into the PDF (Item Not Displayed in PDF) or be configured as a companion file
(This Submission Item Type is a Companion File checkbox selected) on the ‘Edit Submission Item Type’
page in PolicyManager.
Once a .cif file has returned results, a ‘View checkCIF Results’ link is displayed in the following folders
(depending on the configured workflow points that trigger checkCIF):
 Author Interface (Role has View checkCIF Results permission in RoleManager):
o Submissions Sent Back to Author
o Submissions Waiting for Author’s Approval
o Submissions Being Processed
o Submissions Needing Revision
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o Revisions Sent Back to Author
o Revisions Waiting for Author’s Approval
o Revisions Being Processed
Reviewer Interface (Role has View checkCIF Results permission in RoleManager):
o Pending Assignments
o Completed Assignments
Editor Interface (Role has View checkCIF Results permission in RoleManager):
o New Submissions
o Revised Submissions
o New Submissions Requiring Assignment
o Revised Submissions Requiring Assignment
o View All Assigned Submissions
o Direct-to-Editor New Submissions
o Direct-to-Editor Revised Submissions
o New Invitations (Suggest Editor publications only)
o New Assignments
o Production Initiated – No Tasks Assigned
o View All Submissions in Production
o Group by Editors I Assigned
o Group by Editor with Current Responsibility
o Group by Manuscript Status
o Submissions out for Revision
o My Assignments with Final Disposition
o All Submissions with Final Disposition
o Search Submissions (Action column – both Editorial & Production views)
o Search Proposals (Action column)
o Search Submissions (from the ‘Proposal Menu’)
o ‘Details’ page (if configured)
o File Inventory
o Technical Check (if configured)
Publisher Interface (Role has View checkCIF Results permission in RoleManager)
o Accepted Submissions
o Production Initiated – No Tasks Assigned
o View All Submissions in Production
o Search Submissions (Action column – both Editorial & Production views)
When the ‘View checkCIF Results’ link is clicked, the following pop-up is displayed:
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Note: If there is only one non-hidden checkCIF result, clicking the ‘View checkCIF Results’ link will
initiate a download of the completed results PDF rather than displaying the pop-up.
Clicking the ‘Completed’ link in the checkCIF Results column will initiate the download of a PDF copy of
the checkCIF results for that file. Clicking the ‘Download’ link allows the user to download the original .cif
file.
Editor and Publisher Roles that have Initiate checkCIF permission in RoleManager will be able to select
files to send to checkCIF by selecting the checkbox next to the item type and clicking the ‘checkCIF
Selected Files’ button.
Sample checkCIF Results pop-up for an Editor/Publisher Role with Initiate checkCIF permission
Reminders
‘Send Batch E-mail’
This link allows the Publication to send out an e-mail to a group of users by Role.
Click on the button labeled ‘Preview and Send’. A copy of this letter will be available to view within the
History of the paper.
Exclude Users from Batch E-mail Reminders
An Editor may exclude users when a batch e-mail is sent. On the “Search People – Update Information”
page an exclusion setting is available to Editors as the checkbox Exclude this user from receiving all batch
and reminder emails. When enabled, two mutually exclusive sub-options will be available via radio button
selection: Always or When Unavailable Dates are active. Only one mode may be configured at a time.
When Always is selected for a user account, no reminder letters, manual or automated, or Batch E-mails
will be sent to the e-mail address on record for the account. The When Unavailable Dates are active option
provides the same restriction, but only if the user has active Unavailable Dates when the query to send the
reminder is run.
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Sample ‘Search People – Update Information’ page (partial)
From “Search People” results, click the name of user. On the subsequent ‘Search People – Update
Information’ page, the exclusion settings are available on the left sidebar.
‘Send Reminder Letters’
This link provides direct access to the many options available to Editors who may wish to send Reminder
Letters to Authors and Reviewers. Upon clicking the link, Editors are brought to the ‘Send Reminder
Letters’ page where there is access to all of the available reminder reports.
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Editors may choose to run any of several different reports to locate users who are responsible for
Submissions in various statuses. The reports can be tweaked to meet any specific criteria. The reports will
provide a list of users who meet those criteria and allow the Editor to choose which users should receive
reminders.
Example: Author Revision Status Report
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The results of a Reminder Report will list out the users and the Submission in a series of rows. Editors can
choose which users receive reminders by using the checkboxes available in the left hand column.
Note: Reminders can also be accessed via Reports on the ‘Editor Main Menu’.
Automated Reminders – Overview
In addition to the previously discussed Reminder Reports, Editors can also set up automated reminders for
both Authors and Reviewers.
These automated reminders are sent out nightly in a batch process which runs all saved Automated
Reminder definitions once in each 24-hour period. If the intent is to send multiple reminders, multiple
Automated Reminder Definitions can be saved (e.g., a reminder for 15 days before the due date, a separate
reminder for 10 days before the due date, and another reminder for 5 days before the due date). Each saved
reminder can have a unique letter associated with it.
Note: The nightly batch process runs between 12:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
Automated Author Reminders
Editors with the Create Automated Author Revision Reminders permission may use the Automated Author
Reminders report. The report automates the Author Revision Status Report and Author Revision Reminder
Report based on custom criteria. This report will send automated reminders nightly to users who meet the
Editor-configured criteria.
Once an Editor has accessed the automated report they are brought to the ‘Automated Author Revision
Reminder Report’ page where reminder definitions can be set up to send e-mail reminders in the following
scenarios:
 Outstanding Revisions – Reminders will be sent to Authors where the Author was asked to submit
a revision X days ago (where X = the value entered in the box), but the Author has not declined
nor has the Author submitted the revision.
 Reminder Before Revision Due Date – Reminders will be sent to Authors who agreed (have
started a revision), but have not yet submitted it and the revision due date is in X days (where X =
the value entered in the box).
 Reminder Past Revision Due Date – Reminders will be sent to Authors who were asked to revise
their Submission, but have not submitted their revision or declined to revise, where the Revision
was due X days ago (where X = the value entered in the box).
The selection criteria can be further refined by the Editor (First Assigned, or First Decision), Article Type,
or Section/Category. When creating an Automated Reminder definition, a Reminder Name is required, and
the Reminder Letter that will be sent must be selected. All letters in the Author Reminder Letter Family are
available for selection in the Reminder Letter drop-down.
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Example Configuration for Automated Author Revision Reminder
Once an Automated Reminder is created and saved, it is listed at the bottom of the page. All Editors can see
the complete list of Automated Reminders that have been created on this page.
To stop an Automated Reminder from running, click ‘Remove’. To make changes to the criteria used for
the Automated Reminder click ‘Edit’.
Note: Only the user who created the Automated Reminder may remove or edit it after it is saved.
Automatic Reviewer Reminders Report
Editors with the Create Automated Reviewer Reminders permission may use the Automated Reviewer
Reminder report.
Once an Editor has accessed the automated report they are brought to the ‘Automated Reviewer Reminder
Report’ page where reminder definitions can be set up to send e-mail reminders in the several different
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scenarios. Reminder definitions can be set up so that e-mails are sent to Reviewers with outstanding
invitations, Reviewers who agreed to review but are late, or Reviewers who agreed to review and their due
date is approaching.
Editors may also refine the selection criteria by a particular Reviewer Role, Handling Editor, Article Type,
or Section/Category. When creating an Automated Reminder definition, an Editor must give it a Reminder
Name and select the Reminder Letter that will be sent. All letters in the Reviewer Reminder Letter Family
are available for selection in the Reminder Letter drop-down.
Example: Configuration for Automated Reviewer Reminder Reports
Once an Automated Reminder is created and saved, it is listed at the bottom of the page. All Editors can see
the complete list of Automated Reminders that have been created on this page.
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To stop an Automated Reminder from running, click ‘Remove’. To make changes to the criteria used for
the Automated Reminder click ‘Edit’.
Note: Only the user who created the Automated Reminder may remove or edit it after it is saved.
Quick Facts about Automated Reminders
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The reminder queries retrieve records that meet the criteria exactly. For example, a reminder that
stipulates a reminder is to be sent if the review is exactly 10 days late does not generate a reminder
on day 11, day 12, day 13, etc.
Users that have the Restrict Reminder Reports to Assigned Submissions permission are also able
to save automated reminder criteria, triggering the creation of batch automated reminders that are
delivered only to Authors or Reviewers associated with their assigned Submissions.
If the Editor who saved the reminder is blinded to a Submission that matches the Automated
Reminder criteria, no automated reminder e-mail will be sent. It will be as if the Editor was
manually running a Reminder Report and would not see any Submission to which they are
blinded.
Reminders sent from Automated Reminder increment the reminder count fields in the database.
Reminder counts are displayed on the ‘People Activity Details’ page.
All automated reminder letters are written to the Correspondence History, following the logic used
for the manual reminder letters.
Publication Charges Waiver Processing
Publishers can allow Authors to request a waiver of publication charges during the submission process
(whether or not the site is enabled for APC handling). The Submission is held until a decision is made
regarding the waiver request. Must be configured in PolicyManager.
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