In the previous module we saw how a reviewer used OJS to easily share his review of a submission. In this unit, we’ll see how OJS allows the section editor to respond to three reviews of the submission. We’ll see how OJS facilitates communication with the reviewers, as well as allowing the section editor to assign ratings to reviewers for future reference.
This is an important module since it focuses on steps that contribute to maintaining a good relationship with reviewers, and drawing on the best reviewers possible. Since the reviewers are the content experts on the journal team, maintaining a good relationship with them ensures that the research published in the journal will continue to be of the highest possible quality.
If you’re interested in learning more about the work that goes into making a high-quality review, please see the Becoming an Editor course. Students interested in learning more about the art of maintaining strong working relationships with reviewers and fostering good reviewing practices might also consider looking at that course.
At this point, you’re probably getting used to logging out as one user and logging in as another! It can be a bit confusing — especially at first. However, there are so many different roles in OJS, and the workflow primarily consists of communication and document sharing between different users, that this kind of back and forth is inevitable. If you’re having any problems, please do let me know.
For this lesson, you should log in as the Section Editor and respond to the review. Try to separate yourself from the Reviewer, and think about how you should communicate with this person who has so generously volunteered his or her time for your journal. It is a gift that should be adequately appreciated!
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Question 1 of 2
What should the section editor click to view the completed review form?Correct
No — they should click on “Review form response”.
Question 2 of 2
Section Editors may rate the peer reviewers on the following criteria:Correct
Yes — D. The editor should consider the criteria that the editorial board decides on. OJS allows editors and section editors to rate the peer reviewer on a scale of 1 to 5, but the way these ratings are assigned is up to the journal team.Incorrect
No — D is the correct answer. The editor should consider the criteria that the editorial board decides on. OJS allows editors and section editors to rate the peer reviewer on a scale of 1 to 5, but the way these ratings are assigned is up to the journal team.
Have you done a review for a journal in the past? Did they use a management system like OJS? What was your experience — both with the software (if any) and the interaction with the editors?