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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 6D: Manuscript Transfer Standards…

Research and Scholarship
Concurrent 6D: Manuscript Transfer Standards: A Multi-Vendor Solution for Transferring Papers Across Platforms

Authors lose time and effort when their manuscript is rejected by a journal and they have to repeat the submission process in subsequent journals. Plus, it is estimated that 15 million hours of researcher time is wasted each year repeating reviews. Both of these challenges could be addressed if journals and publishers could transfer manuscripts between publications using different submission-tracking systems. With the growth of cascading workflows, manuscripts are regularly transferred within a publishing group. But a growing challenge is to transfer the manuscript (and, optionally, peer-review data) across publishers and manuscript systems and even to and from preprint servers.

A group of manuscript-management suppliers has taken up this challenge and is working to develop a common approach that can be adopted across the industry. This session is intended to report on the group’s work to the larger community, and to gather comments, questions, and suggestions.

Moderator: John Sack, HighWire Press


Helen Atkins, PLOS
Helen Atkins has been working in publishing (East and West coasts) for more years than she cares to remember. She joined PLOS in 2013 as Director of Publishing Services; prior to that, she was Editorial Director in the publishing division of the American Association for Cancer Research, worked at HighWire Press providing services for many publishers, spent 18 years at ISI/Thomson (now Clarivate Analytics) in a variety of management positions, and started her professional life in medical and university libraries. Helen holds a BA in psychology/zoology and a MS in Library and Information Science.
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Christopher Heid, Clarivate Analytics
Chris Heid started his career as a research analyst for a financial data software company. After transitioning to a product management role, he entered the scholarly communication industry in 2011 with a product position at ScholarOne. His work focused on growth initiatives for their Manuscripts platform, a submission and peer-review workflow solution supporting more than 6,500 journals. Currently, Chris serves as product lead for Clarivate Analytics Publishers & Associations business, heading product management for a suite of solutions serving scholarly publishers, societies, and their constituents. Chris earned a BA in economics from the University of Georgia.
Sally Ubnoske, Aries Systems Corporation
Sally Ubnoske is a senior business systems analyst at Aries Systems Corporation, where she works on standards adoption and implementation in the areas of open access, the Open Funder Registry, and inter-system submission transfer. Her work at Aries focuses on evolving the company’s innovative publishing workflow software solutions, from submission to editorial management and electronic publishing. Previously, Sally was a systems engineer and sales representative with IBM. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from California State Polytechnic University.
Joel Plotkin, eJournalPress
Joel Plotkin is the founder and chief executive officer of eJournalPress, a division of Precision Computer Works, Inc. eJournalPress focuses on providing web-based manuscript submission, peer review, billing, and production workflow software for scientific journals. He has grown eJournalPress into a multiproduct, 25-person company which serves scholarly publishers around the world. In addition to being an engineer and entrepreneur, Plotkin also is an inventor with two patents including a “Process for computer implemented manuscript review.” As CEO of eJournalPress, he has contributed to and promoted industry initiatives such as ORCID, FundRef, CrossCheck, Annotate, and open access. Plotkin has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.