Annual Meeting Reports

Progress Toward More Author-Friendly Submissions

MODERATOR: Helen B Atkins Senior Manager, Journal & Product Support American Chemical Society Madison, Wisconsin SPEAKERS: Jonathan Schultz Director, Journal Operations American Heart Association Catonsville, Maryland Virginia C W Ramsey Managing Editor, Kidney360 American Society of Nephrology Round Rock, Texas Kevin-John Black Product Lead Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Daly City, California REPORTER: Tony Alves Hopedale, Massachusetts The session “Progress Toward More Author-Friendly Submissions” was held virtually on May 5, 2021. Moderated by Helen Atkins, Senior Manager, Journal & Product Support at the American Chemical Society, the session featured presentations from Kevin-John Black, Product Lead at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Virginia Ramsey, Managing Editor of Kidney360 at the American Society of Nephrology; and Jonathan Schultz, Director, Journal Operations at the American Heart Association. The first presentation, “Author Fatigue and Click Reduction,” was given by Kevin-John Black. He gave a brief overview of bioRxiv ( and medRxiv (,2 pointing out how submitting to a preprint server is similar to submitting to a peer-reviewed journal. During the manuscript submission process there is a natural tension between the need to gather useful information from authors and the desire to make it simple for authors to submit their research for consideration. Black pointed out that submission systems can help journal staff accomplish both of these objectives and that, although it can be tempting to utilize these systems to gather lots of information early on in the process, it is best to limit the required metadata to the most basic information needed to conduct an initial […]

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