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Journals Production

  1. Production Editor
  2. Publishing Editor
  3. SMART
  4. SageTrack
  5. RightsLinks and Open Access

What is the role of a Production Editor (PE)?


PEs are primarily project managers for the production process, guiding articles and issues through production. They serve as central liaison for authors, editors, and all production staff ; maintain and distribute knowledge about each journal’s needs; review and adjust correction requests to meet those needs; perform quality checks; and oversee journal scheduling and page budgets.

What is the role of a Publishing Editor (Pub Ed)?

Pub Eds are the main point of contact for journal management, from manuscript submission through publication of an issue and online access to all content. Pub Eds work with societies and editors to have a high-level overview of how the journal is doing editorially and financially. Pub Eds provide all reporting to, and negotiate contract renewals for editors and societies and maintain regular contact with all members of a journal team to ensure smooth delivery and oversight of content, production, marketing, sales, and customer service.

What is SMART?

Our web-based SMART (Sage Manuscript and Resource Tracking) system helps us coordinate article and issue production, and SMART can also help you view article progress, plan issues, track page budgets, and more (see your Quick Ref or ask your PE for login info and the SMART appendix for more details). Sage Track files and author information feed directly into SMART along with any notes you placed within the “production notes” section.

What is Sage Track?

Sage Track is a web-based system designed to help manage article submissions and the peer review process. It is powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts, also known as Manuscript Central, but its capabilities are expanded to also work with Sage’s other systems such as SMART. Sage Track exports flow directly into SMART. For the editorial office, Sage Track is a tremendous timesaver. It automates the entire peer-review process and can be set up to send automatic reminders and correspondence to reviewers and authors. It also acts as a reviewer database, tracking reviewer patterns (i.e., how many reviews have been completed or declined), allowing the editor to assign reviewer ratings, and helping the editor choose potential reviewers based on areas of expertise. The system is also capable of generating many reports, including accept/reject ratio, submissions received, time from submission to decision, and reviewer history.

What is RightsLink© for Open Access (ROA)?

RightsLink© for Open Access (ROA) is used on a number of Sage’s gold open access journals to process open access article processing changes (APCs). Sage partnered with the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC) in 2015 to use their custom-built system. It provides authors with an easy-to-use, intuitive user interface that enables them to pay their APCs simply and quickly. One-time registration is required after which the author is guided through a pre-populated payment system with the minimum number of steps. Payment by credit card or invoice is possible, fully compliant with the tax rules which apply. Promotional codes can be easily utilised and low income country waivers automatically granted. Where applicable, use of centrally administered pre-paid accounts can be requested. All of this is supported by CCC’s round the clock customer support.