Self-guided Demonstration

This exercise will familiarize one with the core features of msTracker in about half an hour.

See also: Office Type Descriptions, Status Categories

  1. Visit the manuscript submission page and choose "msTracker Demonstration" from the drop-down menu and click the "Submit" button. Then, select "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's administrator automatically.
  3. Enter the example administrator's office from using admin/exampleoffice as the username and password. 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.
  8. The manuscript will now appear in the main editor's Attention Needed Display and is removed from the administrator's "New Submissions..." status category. Log out of the application using the "Exit" link and enter the main editor's office using editor/exampleoffice as the username and password. It is possible to process a manuscript entirely from within the administrator's office, making the application scalable from single-person operations to journals with complex editorial structures.
  9. Click on the manuscript's number to be taken to its information 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 for 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, make any desired changes, and click "Send" to have it delivered to the reviewer. (Depending on the options chosen, a link to the manuscript file, abstract, and links at 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 reviews are returned, the manuscript is moved to their Attention Needed Display. (Manuscripts can be accessed at anytime through the available display and search 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 main editor's office 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.