Peer review can’t work without reviewers! A major challenge in managing an academic journal, however, is finding and recruiting those very essential reviewers. That’s why, at Scholastica, we’re always looking for ways to streamline the process.
Reviewers are generally donating their time, so they need a quick, easy way to assess an invitation to review (and the article that comes with it). Editors, meanwhile, need to be able to keep track of the many reviewers they’re working with.
We’ve recently rolled out several features to help meet these needs.
First off, reviewers willing to do a review can now sign up for Scholastica more easily than before. After viewing an invitation and clicking Accept to indicate they’ll do the review, a reviewer who’s never used Scholastica before will be able to sign up and immediately be logged in and taken to the manuscript they’re tasked with reviewing. That sign up process happens on a newly redesigned sign-up page that’s clearer, shorter and more personalized (thanks to the addition of the journal’s name and cover image) than the previous one. Check out the difference in the image above.
Secondly, editors can now keep better track of reviewers. The list of reviewers a journal has worked with in the past now includes any reviewer that’s ever been invited, not just the ones that have accepted invitations. We’ve also made some changes behind the scenes that allow this page to load and search more quickly.
Editors can make notes on those reviewers now, as well. So, if a reviewer says they can’t read any manuscripts until next semester, editors can note that on the reviewer’s profile (only that journal’s editors can see these notes).
Another improvement is that if a reviewer writes back via email that they can’t do a review, but they don’t click Decline on the site, editors can now decline on their behalf, keeping data accurate and reliable.
Editors and reviewers have much to gain from the web’s collaborative potential and Scholastica is working hard to make sure that happens.