Editors now have a new way to organize their manuscript workflow: a new notes section on the manuscript details page.
Examples of good uses for the notes field include:
- Reminders to invite reviewers on a certain date
- Notes about previous or simultaneous submissions
- Any quick notes about how this manuscript deviates from the normal process
To add a note, just click and type. When you click anywhere else on the page, the note will flash a nice green checkmark so you know the changes were saved.
Quick feature update: moving forward, editors will be able to quickly view the word count for manuscripts submitted to their journal.
The word count can be viewed on the manuscript details page for each individual article.
This feature only applies to manuscripts submitted beginning today, and will not be available for manuscripts submitted earlier.
At the end of the spring law journal submission season, we spoke with a number of legal authors about their experiences with Scholastica and received a ton of valuable feedback. We’re happy to report that we’ve been able to take that feedback and turn it into new features that we’re confident legal scholars will love!
- New Submission Management Area for Authors
- Better Expediting Process
- Time Zone Support for Expedited Decision Requests
- Easier Withdrawing
- Greater Transparency
- Compare Submissions on New ‘My Manuscripts’ Page
Editors with experience using other journal submission software often tell us that "Scholastica is so much faster than my old system." We’re very proud of the way we’ve helped journals from STM to law reviews improve their process by making software that marries speed and a fantastic user experience.
Over the past few months we’ve spoken to editors, reviewers, and authors about their use of Scholastica and came up with some huge improvements based on their feedback.
In this post, I’d like to introduce you to these improvements which we call manuscript work areas.
Scholastica’s new Editor Analytics page provides journals with metrics on individual editors and details the team’s review process, complementing the broad picture of journal performance already portrayed by the Journal Analytics page.
Journals now have access to a new settings to control whether a reviewer who has received an invitation, but has not yet confirmed their willingness to write a review, can see supporting manuscript files.
By default, journals share the manuscript file and supporting files with reviewers because it is helpful for the reviewer to look at the specific manuscript in order to decide whether to accept the reviewer invitation or not.
For those journals that only want to share the manuscript file and supporting files with reviewers after they have accepted the review invitation, the new journal configuration option is perfect.
To update your journal, go to My Journals → Settings → Configuration Options and scroll down to the Reviewer Options section.
Here’s a closer look at the first piece of Scholastica Analytics – a beautiful way for journal editors to holistically understand data about their journals on Scholastica.
Scholastica Analytics is the next iteration of our effort to help editors view and understand key metrics about their journals. As journal editors have given us feedback on the previous iteration of this page (then called “reports" we set aside time to have deeper discussions about how editors assimilate and understand their journal data. We’ve taken everything we’ve learned and put that knowledge into Scholastica Analytics.
The new analytics page is a beautiful way for an editor to holistically understand data about their journal from its creation on Scholastica to the present day. Let’s take a closer look.
Many law reviews have chosen to use Scholastica to manage articles – the question is, why? And how does Scholastica help authors?
When an author submits an article to a law review through ExpressO, most of the time that submission has been sent to the journal as an email – an email among thousands of other submission emails, an email among thousands of expedite request emails, an email among thousands of author question emails, and ultimately an email among tens of thousands of emails within a 2 month period. The law review is then tasked with managing thousands of emails in their inbox – and an email inbox littered with messages and attachments isn’t a good way to manage scholarship. It’s not good for the law review or the author.