Making Manuscript Decisions


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Make Decision

1. Log in to Manuscript Central by entering your User ID and Password. Your password is case sensitive.
2. At the Welcome page, click the link to access your editor centre. Your editor centre Dashboard page opens.
3. The Lists section contains the tasks you need to perform. Access the decision task in one of two ways: Clicking the number next to the task name brings you directly to the Action tab for the first manuscript needing action. Clicking the task name itself allows you to view all manuscripts in that queue. Clicking in the Take Action column for a manuscript takes you to its Action tab. You are at the Action tab for the manuscript. Make your final decision based on the reviews you have received from reviewers.
4. Use the Reviews section to view a summary and access the details of all submitted reviews. Refer to “Viewing Completed Reviews” topic for information.
5. Select the radio button for your decision. Enter text in the Comments field as desired. Comments remain internal to the journal.
6. Click to open the editable decision letter to the author. Make changes as needed and click The decision does not commit until you click in the email.
7. Click to save and commit your decision.

Make Preliminary Decision

In this workflow, you make a preliminary decision and another person (e.g., the EIC) approves it. This cycle can repeat until a decision is reached.

1. Log in to Manuscript Central by entering your User ID and Password. Your password is case-sensitive.
2. At the Welcome page, click the link to access your editor centre. Your editor centre Dashboard page opens.
3. The Lists section contains the tasks you need to perform. Access the preliminary decision task in one of two ways:
• Clicking the number next to the task name brings you directly to the Action tab for the first manuscript needing action.
• Clicking the task name itself allows you to view all manuscripts in that queue.
Clicking in the Take Action column for a manuscript takes you to its Action tab. You are at the Action tab for the manuscript.
4. Use the Reviews section to view a summary and access the details of all submitted reviews. Refer to “Viewing Completed Reviews” topic for information.
5. Select the radio button for your decision. Enter text in the Preliminary Decision Comments field (for approving editor) as desired.
6. Click to open the editable decision letter to the author. The decision letter is not sent to the author until final approval.
7. Make changes as needed and click . The manuscript displays in the dashboard lists of the decision maker for approval.

Approve Preliminary Decision

In this workflow, an editor makes a preliminary decision and you (e.g., the EIC approve it). This cycle can repeat until decision is reached.
1. Log in to Manuscript Central by entering your User ID and Password. Your password is case sensitive.
2. At the Welcome page, click the link to access your editor centre. Your editor centre Dashboard page opens.
3. The Lists section contains the tasks you need to perform. Access the decision approval task in one of two ways:
Clicking the number next to the task name brings you directly to the Action tab for the first manuscript needing action.
Clicking the task name itself allows you to view all manuscripts in that queue. Clicking tick in the Take Action column for a manuscript takes you to its Action tab. You are at the Action tab for the manuscript.
4. Use the Reviews section to view a summary and access the details of all submitted reviews. Refer to “Viewing Completed Reviews” topic for information.
5. Review any preliminary decision comments and the decision letter. If you disagree with the decision and want the editor to reconsider, enter comments in the Suggest a New Decision field and click . As needed, you can edit the decision letter by clicking
6. When you are satisfied with the decision, click . The decision letter is sent to the author.

Make Recommendation

In this workflow, you make a recommendation to either the Editor in Chief or to a Board of Editors. They make the final decision.
1. Log in to Manuscript Central by entering your User ID and Password. Your password is case sensitive.
2. At the Welcome page, click the link to access your Editor Centre. Your editor centre Dashboard page opens.
3. The Lists section contains the tasks you need to perform. Access the recommendation task in one of two ways:
• Clicking the number next to the task name brings you directly to the Action tab for the first manuscript needing action.
• Clicking the task name itself allows you to view all manuscripts in that queue in the Take Action column for a manuscript takes you to its Action tab. You are at the Action tab for the manuscript.
4. Use the Reviews section to view a summary and access the details of all submitted reviews. Refer to “Viewing Completed Reviews” topic for information.
5. Select the radio button for your decision. Optionally, enter confidential comments to EIC and/or comments to the author. Attach any files as needed. 6. To submit the recommendation, click .

Making an Immediate Decision (EIC)

If configured for your journal, the final decision-maker can bypass the usual peer review process. Because this action takes place outside the usual workflow, this task displays in the manuscript’s Manuscript Information tab.
How to Access the Tab to Make an Immediate Decision
1. Log in to Manuscript Central by entering your User ID and Password. Your password is case sensitive.
2. At the Welcome page, click the link to access your editor centre. Your editor centre Dashboard page opens.
3. The Lists section contains the tasks you need to perform. Access any of the task queues in order to make an immediate decision in one of two ways:
• Clicking the number next to the task name brings you directly to the Action tab for the first manuscript needing action.
• Clicking the task name itself allows you to view all manuscripts in that queue. Clicking in the Take Action column for a manuscript takes you to its Action tab. You are at the Action tab for the manuscript.
4. To bypass the action and make an immediate decision, click the Manuscript Information tab to the left of the page. Scroll to the Immediate Decision section of the page.
5. Select the radio button for your decision. Enter text in the Decision Refer to “Viewing Completed Reviews” topic for information. Comments (internal) field as desired.
6. Click to open the editable decision letter to the author. Make changes as needed and click . The decision does not commit until you click in the email.
7. Click to save and commit your decision.