We’re always learning about the unique demands of managing the peer-review process and continually refining Scholastica to be the best tool it can be for the job. In the last month we’ve made it easier to keep track of deadlines, outstanding reviews, and R&Rs.
Here’s a rundown of some of the latest features we’ve added to Scholastica!
Due dates. Whether you need to review a manuscript or respond to a publication offer from a law review, chances are you’ve been given a deadline. Now, any actions assigned with a deadline in Scholastica will be listed in the Due Dates list with buttons to help you complete the task.
Reviewer invitation reminders. Previously, when it came to reviewer invitation reminders, editors could resend reviewer invitations manually, but automatic weekly reminder emails would only be sent once the reviewer accepted the invitation. Now, if you have the new automatic reviewer reminder setting enabled, your reviewer invitations will be automatically resent once per week, including your initial reviewer invitation message.
With this new feature, you can still manually resend reviewer invitations at any time. If you choose to send a manual reminder, your next automatic reminder will not send until 7 days after your manual reminder is received.
Filter by review status. When you’re trying to move many manuscripts through the review process, knowing what stage articles are at in peer review is very important. You can now easily check this on Scholastica by filtering your manuscripts on the manuscripts table by review status. You can choose to see only manuscripts with no reviewers invited yet; manuscripts with unanswered reviewer invitations; manuscripts with 1, 2 , or 3+ reviews submitted; or manuscripts with late reviews.
Keep revise & resubmits together. Keeping resubmissions linked together in order to view their progress over several revisions is now easier than before. We’ve added a feature that detects if an author has an open R&R with a journal. If it is detected that a submitting author has a pending R&R, they will now be prompted when submitting manuscripts to see if their intention is to send an R&R or a new submission. If they are trying to send an R&R they will be redirected to the page they need.
We hope you’ve had a great summer and that these updates make your work with Scholastica even better!
As always, if you have a question or feature suggestion please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.