Self-guided Demonstration

This exercise will familiarize one with the core features of msTracker in about half an hour.
A companion video is available.

See also: Office Type Descriptions, Status Categories

  1. Visit the manuscript submission page and choose "msTracker Demonstration" from the drop-down menu. On the page that follows, select the "New" submission type.
  2. Fill in the submission form, use the "Browse" button to identify a file on your local computer, and click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. Notification of the new submission is sent to the journal office automatically.
  3. Enter the example editor-in-chief (aka "main editor" or "EiC") office from using the link provided. The manuscript will appear s.v. "New Submissions in Need of Accessioning."
  4. Click the "Accession" link and choose the "New" link on the page that follows.
  5. Verify the manuscript's title, abstract, tracking number etc. and click "Submit."
  6. One is now taken to the "Send Notifications" screen. Select the desired options and click "Submit."
  7. Click on the "Import Submission File" link on the manuscript's detail page. If a modified version of the submission file is to be used, it can be added with the Upload File link or the Other-->Upload File menu option.

    Note: An option to include the manager's functionality in the EiC office has been activated. When this is done, it is possible to process manuscripts entirely from within the main editor's office.
  8. The manuscript will now appear in the EiC's Attention Needed Display as "Awaiting Editor Assignment."
  9. Click on the manuscript's number to be taken to its detail page. Follow the "Assign Editor" link.
  10. Choose John Doe from the drop-down menu and click "Submit."
  11. Click on the Reviewers-->Send Request menu option on the manuscript's detail page. Submit a blank form to return all reviewers. Select one of the reviewers or create a record for yourself using the "Add New Reviewer" form at the bottom of the page.
  12. Review the letter, set your email address as a recipient or CC (important), and click "Submit" to send the request. Depending on the options chosen, a link to the manuscript file, abstract, and links with which to agree, decline, and provide the review are included.
  13. When a review is returned, notification is sent to the assigned editor. If all expected reviews are returned, the manuscript is moved to their Attention Needed Display. Manuscripts can be accessed at anytime through the available "List By" and "Search" menu options. A decision letter can be composed at any time after editor assignment.
  14. Follow the Other-->Compose Decision Letter menu from the manuscript's detail page. Compose the letter and click "Submit."
  15. The manuscript is now moved to the EiC's Attention Needed Display for approval and/or editing. On approval, the letter is sent to the corresponding author and thank-you letters are sent to the reviewers. A link to the review narratives and decision letter (excluding salutation) is appended. Viewing the page updates the database and serves as a read-receipt mechanism.