Comparative analysis of manuscript management systems for scholarly publishing

Soon Kim, Hyungwook Choi, Nayon Kim, Eun Kyung Chung, Jae Yun Lee

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To improve scholarly communications with scientists throughout the world, an international- level manuscript management system is indispensable. We analyzed the manuscript management systems currently in use in Korea and suggested ways to improve these domestic systems through benchmarking with representative overseas systems. Drawing information from the manufacturer's documentation, we compared the functionalities of the major manuscript management systems available in Korea to international systems. Based on this analysis, we identified the essential elements necessary to meet international standards. The representative international systems provide an intuitive interface and an efficient communication channel for authors, editors, and reviewers, enabling them to save time. The two domestic paid systems are almost at the international level; however, the free systems developed in Korea need to be upgraded. In particular, more advanced visualization tools, more efficient tools for communication between stakeholders, and convenient linking to external content are needed. Studies of these manuscript management systems, which are essential for the internationalization of domestic journals, can be utilized as primary materials to improve the level of Korean academic journals in response to the rapid changes in modern scholarly communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-134
Number of pages11
JournalScience Editing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018

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  • Journal management system
  • Manuscript management system
  • Peer review system
  • Scholarly communication
  • Scholarly publishing


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