I have found that many editorial boards struggle with a lack of concise instruction materials and a lack of people who can train them with hands-on approach. They usually find some solutions in on-line forums, but it is time consuming for editorial boards to spend so much time and look for partial information. Sometimes people who write manuals do not explain each step. Several people contacted me and asked: “What I have to do now? Something is missing.”
System administrators, software developers assume that what is easy to them it should be easy to everyone. They plan training to be done in one evening because “It is easy. ” In my experience, I often found out that such practice leads to misconfiguration of application, underuse of its features, mistakes in performing workflow tasks and procedures. Work with applications as the Open Journal Systems is not hard but it is complex and it takes some time until user is familiar with its functionality and simple procedures for configuration and efficient use.
I wrote manuals for authors, editorial boards and reviewers for scientific journals according to their needs.
I will publish here soon manual that puts together some basic administrative and editorial functions aimed to successful configuration of your Open Journal Systems application for your journal.