(Published on the Chronicle Vitae blog)
We all know that the rise of electronic publishing has transformed academic journals. But academics haven’t focused much attention on the emergence of online submission systems, which have also served to transform academic publishing in subtle ways.
On the positive side, they have made managing manuscripts far easier. In fact, I’m amazed anything got published at all in the Olden Days (circa 1995), given the complicated logistics of managing the review process. Likewise, online submission systems have also made the review process more transparent. I don’t necessarily mean in a literal sense — most reviews are still single- or double-blinded (that’s another debate altogether) — but in a procedural sense.