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20 March 2013

OSA Launches New Prism System to Streamline Journal Submissions



Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society


OSA Launches New Prism System to Streamline Journal Submissions

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013—The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the launch of Prism, its new web-based submission and manuscript tracking system for its suite of scholarly journals. When fully implemented, Prism will include customized modules for authors, reviewers and editors and will replace OSA's current system for handling the peer review process.

Prism was created to provide users with an easy-to-navigate interface and time-saving features. The first phase of the launch is the establishment of the author module, which includes new features like an easy-to-follow manuscript submission process, article tracking for co-authors, improved file uploading options and article classification options, and the ability to link co-authors and reviewer suggestions to existing OSA accounts.
Later this year, OSA will roll out new reviewer and editor modules. These modules will provide features like a single queue for reviewers to access their manuscript requests across all OSA journals and to submit referee comments. Editors will benefit from features designed to provide easier access to author responses when reviewing revised manuscripts, more reporting capability, and better tools for identifying appropriate experts to review submissions.
“Developing the Prism platform is part of OSA Publishing’s ongoing commitment to adapt and evolve its technology to better meet the needs of our key stakeholders,” said OSA’s Chief Publishing Officer Elizabeth Nolan. “We are delighted to be able to provide the author community with a streamlined peer review experience and we look forward to doing the same for our editors and reviewers.”
For more information on Prism, visit the Optics InfoBase Author Resource Center.

About OSA

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