This module will allow us to see things from the author’s point of view as she makes a submission to the journal.
Understanding the author’s submission process is important for the editor since you may have to help authors if they have trouble uploading their manuscript to the journal.
This is also the stage where the author works with the submission guidelines, which are created by the editor in consultation with the editorial board, including the Journal Manager. (Note that only the Journal Manager can edit the submission guidelines in OJS.) Gaining some familiarity with the author’s submission process will help guide you in working with the journal team to make these submission guidelines as clear and helpful as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about the editor’s responsibility to authors which informs this author submission process, you may want to take a look at the course Becoming an Editor, in which the ethics of scholarly publishing are considered. If you want to see how the Journal Manager uses OJS to create these guidelines, please see the OJS for Managers Course.
For this lesson, you should first create a new test user for your journal (you can use a fake email such as email@example.com) and enroll that account as an Author (see OJS for Journal Managers if you’re not sure how to do this). Next, login to your test journal as that Author and submit a test article. Make sure you have a sample document to upload (typically a Microsoft Word document). If you run into any problems, post them in the comments section below.
Does the submission process make sense to you as a new OJS user? Did anything stand out as problematic? Anything you’d suggest we change in the user interface or in the workflow steps?
You’ve made it through to Module 6 — congratulations! At this point, it would be very helpful for me to get some feedback from you about what is working with this course and what is not. Any suggested changes? Anything particularly confusing? I’m continually revising all of the PKP School courses, so your comments will make them better for everyone.