Law review editors work in Scholastica for a good part of the academic year, but in the mayhem of submission periods they don’t always have the chance to learn about all of Scholastica’s features. To help you quickly get acquainted with some of the features most beneficial to editors that you may not be using, we’ve rounded up a few highlights in this post.
We’re always working to introduce features to help law review editors work faster, with less technical hassles, and without having to worry about communication falling through the cracks. Lately, we’ve also been doing more to help law reviews promote their calls for papers and more easily fill their volumes.
Below are 3 Scholastica features editors should know about:
One annoyance shared by many law reviews coming from ExpressO is having to use a shared team login for accessing and managing their submissions account. If your e-board was using one login you’ve likely dealt with editors forgetting the password or not being sure of who’s handling what, which can lead to double-work or things slipping through the cracks. In Scholastica, you’ll no longer have to deal with these issues because all of your editors will get their own profile and login. That means:
- Every editor has an individual Scholastica login password that they can recover on their own if needed
- When articles come in you can easily assign them to specific editors in Scholastica
- Your team can keep track of what each editor is working on and ensure work is evenly distributed
Scholastica has two options to set up individual accounts for law review members. You can either make everyone an editor - someone who has access to all of your submissions and has the ability to: self-assign articles, fill out your review rubric, and read other editors’ reviews. Or you can make some of your team editors and some reviewers - reviewers can only see the submissions they are assigned, cannot see each other’s reviews, and cannot communicate with authors. This help doc overviews how to invite team members as editors or reviewers.
Remember how we said you can track what each of your law review editors is working on because everyone gets their own profile? Well there’s a whole suite of analytics power that your e-board can harness in Scholastica. No need to keep a folder of spreadsheets to track things like submission volume and acceptance rate, Scholastica does all of that for you automatically. Scholastica analytics tracking includes:
- Average manuscripts per editor
- Average time to manuscript decision
- Average acceptance rate and rejection rate
- Frequency of submissions over time
To access even more journal analytics, consider joining Scholastica Plus. Scholastica Plus is a free reporting program that you can add onto your existing account. It’s designed to empower your law review with data to make filling your volume more predictable. Learn more here.
Law reviews are often on tight timelines to fill their volumes and special issues. We know that for e-boards any way to amplify their call for papers is welcome, that’s why we’ve incorporated various features to help you get the word out.
From your Scholastica journal profile or journal website you can easily add a call for papers and update it as needed (no web developer necessary!) to reflect themed issues or symposia. (Journal websites give you even more control of your website design - see the details here.) All of your pages are automatically indexed by Google, too, so your updates will show up in search results.
In addition to updating your journal profile or website to reflect new calls for submissions, you can also use Scholastica as a springboard for promotion by:
- Tweeting out calls for papers with #LRSubmissions - we’ll retweet them to our audience
- Posting your calls for papers in the Conversation - we’ll include them in the monthly Abstract newsletter
- Requesting to have your law review included in “last calls for submissions” emails that we send out to authors towards the end of the spring and fall submission periods
Have another idea for how we can help promote law review calls for papers? Let us know!
We hope you find this feature roundup useful! Be sure to pass this along to your newest board members so they can get the full power of Scholastica as well. As always if you have any questions about Scholastica or ideas for new features feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!