Supporting journal editors with PaperStack

An efficient and effective editorial process is important both in maintaining the reputation of a journal and in ensuring that research is disseminated to the scholarly community in a timely fashion. PaperStack can support journal editors in achieving these goals with its wide range of reports, each of which can be filtered to view the data for an individual journal.

Analyse your submissions: Put this year’s performance in the context of previous years, to check that submissions are not falling off.

Visualise your submissions pipeline: See at a glance if the relative numbers look out of shape or if manuscripts are spending longer than expected in review.

Track decision times: Investigate the efficiency of your editorial workflow with a simple funnel view, which shows how quickly articles are dealt with and problem articles where a first decision took a long time.

Assess reviewer performance: Compare the average number of revisions and reviewers with other journals in the same subject area.

Evaluate contributor diversity: View the geographical distribution of your authors or distributors to confirm full coverage of research and ensure that your contributors reflect your readership.

Find new authors and reviewers: rank institutions by their submissions in order to suggest which to target when looking for new contributors.

Assess a reviewer’s reliability and efficiency: Reviewer scorecards provide a handy summary of a reviewer’s past performance across journals, so that where you have no personal experience of working with a potential reviewer you can benefit from the experience of other editors.

This is just a taster of the full functionality of PaperStack. Further filtering and breakdown options allow you to drill down into the detail and analyse by year or month, while the ability to click through to summary pages for individuals and institutions means you can explore the data behind the headline figures. All reports are easy to download, making it simple to share them with your editorial board and other stakeholders. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch to request a demo.