Met with AY of philosophy to discuss software that the editor of a book review journal could use for this typical work flow:
- associate a book with a reviewer and inform reviewer, set deadline for receipt of review
- automatically send out reminders to reviewer of reviews due
- allow reviewer to upload review and automatically inform editor
- allow editor to "accept", "reject", or "request revision" and send that from editor to reviewer
- allow reviewer to submit updated review
Would also be able to generate reports on books not assigned yet, status of books that have been assigned to reviewer etc.
Right now it appears the workflow is handled manually with text files and an email client with attached files.
Much of this workflow could be handled by an integrated calendar and email app (like Microsoft product). Possibly we could use the Open Journal System instance in the library for this administrative task rather than actually publishing. It seems there must be something that could handle this that wouldn't be overkill, but I'll have to look. If all else fails, we'll look at writing something ourselves. It should be a pretty straightforward relationsl db. The automated sending of messages to reviewer and to editor is something we haven't done much before