In this section you will learn about the third of the five journal setup steps, which includes information about the journal’s submission policies.
This step is important as it will guide your authors to make the best submissions they can, which can save your editors valuable time in filtering out inappropriate submissions and ensuring you get all of the necessary author details, paper formatting, reference styles, etc.
One of the key elements of OJS is helping build in efficiencies that save editorial time, and getting the submission requirements right is a critical part of this.
Please read the section on Step 3 in the OJS User Guide.
To get a sense of how this will look on a real journal, you can visit the Author Guidelines page of Postcolonial Text.
Scroll down that same page, and you can see both their Submission Checklist items and Copyright Notices.
Take a look at this article, “The Manuscript Submission Mess: Brief Notes from a Grumpy Author“, and think about why you need to carefully decide what to ask your submitters to do (and what maybe you should not ask them to do).
For this activity, login to your journal, and select your role as a Journal Manager again.
Return to the Setup section, and go to Step 3. Proceed through the different fields, adding some information to each field.
Here are some further examples again:
Author Guidelines/Submission Checklist
Save once you’ve finished.
Did everything work in Step 3 as expected, or were there some surprises? Was there anything you didn’t understand? Please post your comments below.