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User Accounts

A monograph publishing workflow will involve various users with various roles. OMP offers a flexible role management system that allows the Press Manager to control which roles have access to a given task and/or stage of the workflow.

OMP has a number of default roles with associated permissions/access. These roles include Press Manager, Press Editor, Series Editor, Volume Editor, Author, Internal Reviewer, External Reviewer, Copyeditor, Layout Editor, and Proofreader. OMP 3 also includes additional roles such as Translator and Designer. You can create new roles or rename and reconfigure existing roles as needed.

Permission Levels #

There are six levels of permissions/access that a role can have: Press Manager, Press Assistant, Series Editor, Reviewer, Author, Reader. Permission determines to which parts of the dashboard the role has access. These permission levels cannot be changed once set. You can assign any number of roles to each workflow stage. Assigning a role to a workflow stage means that you will be able to include one or more persons with that role during that stage of the submission. For example, by default, the Marketing Coordinator is included in the editorial stage, the Layout Editor in the production stage, and the Author in all stages. You can add or remove any role from a workflow stage.

The roles and permissions screen in OMP.

Press Managers can access the many Press Management pages, including content settings, press settings, and import/export tools and other plugins. The Press Manager(s) should configure the press via the Press Settings pages before any submissions are solicited. By default, the Press Editor, Production Editor, and Layout Editors all have “press manager” permissions. These four roles have limited customizable options in the OMP workflow.

Series Editors can access all of the submissions that are part of the series to which they are assigned. They do not need to be explicitly assigned to the submission to have access, as long as the submission is in their series. By default, only the Series Editor role has this set of permissions.

Assistants can access only the workflow stage and monograph to which they have been assigned. They need to be explicitly assigned to the monograph at the appropriate stage to gain access. By default, most roles fall under this set of permissions.

Reviewers only have access to the pages that are used to perform a review. They only have access to a submission they have been asked to review. By default, there is an Internal Reviewer and an External Reviewer role with this set of permissions. They are intended to help organize two distinct sets of reviewers for the press.

Authors only have access to their own submissions and can see a limited set of information about the submission through the Author Dashboard. Authors can create new submissions and add files to the submission. By default, the Author, Volume Editor, and Translator have this set of permissions.

Reader has access to the reader-facing website. This permission is included within other permission levels.

Roles #

Roles may vary according to Press; OMP has been designed to accommodate various Press sizes and the accompanying roles. Depending on the size of your press, you may utilize some or all of these roles. You may also have one person perform multiple roles.

Some Presses may have the Press Editor overseeing all the editing, whereas some presses may not have Layout Editors or Proofreaders.

Press Manager is responsible for setting up the press website, configuring the system options, and managing the user accounts. This does not involve any advanced technical skills but entails filling out web-based forms and uploading files.

In a closed user registration, the Press Manager will need to enroll the Editors, Copyeditors, Layout Editors, Proofreaders, Authors, and Reviewers.

The Press Manager also has access to the press’ other management features and can create new series for the press, set up review forms, edit the default emails, view statistics and reports, import and export data, and access the editorial workflow and all press submissions.

Press Editor, along with the Press Manager, typically establishes the policies and procedures for the press. Press Editors can also access journal settings, users and roles, and tools. They have access to all submissions and manage submissions and Series Editors.

Production Editor oversees the entire review, editing, and publishing process for the press as a whole.

In the editorial process, the Production Editor assigns responsibilities to the Series Editor(s) and Volume Editor(s) to manage content further down the chain. The Production Editor maintains an overview of all active projects and assists with problem-solving as appropriate.

The Production Editor also creates the press series and schedules ebooks for publication.

Series Editor oversees the reviewing, editing, and publishing process for a monographic series.

In the editorial process, the Series Editor assigns responsibilities to the Volume Editor(s) to manage the content of individual titles in the series. The Series Editor maintains an overview of all active titles and assists with problem-solving as appropriate.

The Series Editor also authorizes individual ebooks within the series.

Volume Editor oversees the review, editing, and publishing process for a monograph in a series.

In the editorial process, the Volume Editor manages the content of an individual title in a series. The Volume Editor would have direct responsibility for overseeing all other contributors to the editorial workflow of the given title.

Copyeditor edits accepted submissions to improve grammar and clarity, works with authors to ensure everything is in place, ensures strict adherence to the press’ bibliographic and textual style, and produces a clean, edited copy for a Layout Editor or Production Assistant to turn into the galleys that will be in the published format of the ebook.

Some presses have a Production Editor or Series Editor play this role.

Proofreader carefully reads over the galleys in the various formats in which the press publishes (as does the Author). The Proofreader (and the Author) record any typographic and formatting errors for the Layout Editor to fix.

In the case of some presses, the Production Editor or Series Editor will also serve as Proofreader.

Designer will make decisions about fonts and other design elements. This may involve working with CSS. The Designer may also design book covers that will be done outside of OMP.

Layout Editor transforms the copyedited versions of the submission into galleys in HTML, PDF, XML, etc. – formats that the press has elected to use for online publication.

Note - OMP does not currently provide software for automatically converting word-processed documents to galley formats (although a project is in development), so the Layout Editor should have access to and be able to use third-party software packages for creating galleys.

In some cases, the Editor or Section Editor will also serve as the Layout Editor.

Indexer, as some ebooks will require an index to the content. Creating the index would be the responsibility of the Indexer.

Funding Coordinator identifies appropriate grants to which projects may apply. In some cases, funding may also be obtained from a scholarly society or sponsor.

Marketing and Sales Coordinator have no specific role in the editorial workflow but could be designated within OMP to oversee the public face of the press.

Author submits manuscripts to the press directly through the press’ website. The Author is asked to upload submission files and to provide metadata or indexing information (the metadata improves the search capacity for research online and for the discovery of the press’ ebooks).

The Author is able to track the submission through the review and editorial process and participate in copyediting and proofreading of submissions accepted for publication.

Creating new roles #

OMP allows for the creation of new roles if the default ones do not fit your needs.

To create a new role, go to Users & Roles > Roles. On the top-right corner of the Current Roles box, click ‘Create New Role.’

The Create New Role button highlighted in the Roles screen.

Select the Permission level, enter the Role Name and Abbreviation, and select from the Role Options (as it applies).

The Permission level dropdown in the Role creation screen.