In this module, we’ll see how OJS allows the section editor to select appropriate peer reviewers for a submission from the journal’s database and automatically send an email asking them to review the paper.
We’ll assume that our imaginary journal, The African Journal of Scholarly Communication, uses double-blind peer review. In double-blind peer-review, the reviewer’s identity is hidden from the author, and the author’s identity is hidden from the reviewer. So we’ll also note how the section editor takes care to protect the author’s identity when making the manuscript available to the reviewers.
For more background on the pros and cons of the different types of peer review, as well as other editorial concerns related to peer review, you may want to check out the Becoming an Editor course.
In your test journal, login as the Section Editor and assign the submission to a Reviewer. You may not have a test Reviewer yet, so go ahead and create one (again, you can use a fake email account with mailinator — firstname.lastname@example.org). If for any reason this doesn’t work as expected, please use the comment box below.
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Question 1 of 3
If the author hasn’t anonymized her submission for double-blind peer-review, the section editor must send her a reminder to do so.Correct
Correct — The section editor has the ability to upload a revised review version after stripping personal information from the manuscript.Incorrect
No — The section editor has the ability to upload a revised review version after stripping personal information from the manuscript.
Question 2 of 3
Who can create the review forms in OJS?Correct
Yes — that is the job of the Journal Manager.Incorrect
No — that is the job of the Journal Manager.
Question 3 of 3
Removing all personally-identifying information from the text of the manuscript is sufficient for double-blind peer-review.Correct
Correct. The author should also check the footnotes, title page, and header for personally-identifying information. It’s important for her to also make sure that she is not identifiable in the file properties.Incorrect
No. The author should also check the footnotes, title page, and header for personally-identifying information. It’s important for her to also make sure that she is not identifiable in the file properties.
Reviewers play a critical role in the scholarly publishing process. How do you go about recruiting reviewers for your journal? What qualities to do you look for in selecting them? Please let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.