Annual Meeting Report

Two Sides of the Same Coin: What Does Production Need From Editorial and What Does Editorial Need From Production?


MODERATOR: Heather DiAngelis Manager, Journals Production American Society of Civil Engineers Reston, Virginia SPEAKERS: Michael Casp Director of Business Development and Production Services Coordinator J&J Editorial Cary, North Carolina Nancy Devaux Process Improvement Manager Sheridan Journal Services Waterbury, Vermont Ruth Isaacson Managing Editor Genetics Society of America Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania REPORTER: Becky Rivard Associate Production Editor American Mathematical Society Providence, Rhode Island The way to build strong relationships is through communication. —Nancy Devaux The transfer of materials from Editorial to Production can often feel like a one-time handoff, with each side not always clear what is needed. Instead, we should view it as an ongoing communication in which both sides work together toward a common goal. In this session, several speakers discussed the viewpoints of Editorial and Production, shedding some light on what each department needs from each other and how to bridge the gap between the two sides. First, Ruth Isaacson from the Genetics Society of America (GSA) discussed collaboration and integration with Sheridan, the provider of production services for GSA’s two peer-reviewed journals. As a small publisher, GSA relies on Sheridan for support. Isaacson suggested having QA checklists, giving standardized requests to authors, documenting and evaluating workflows, and above all, having things ready from the start to prevent delays later in the process. Some specific examples include having annual audits of the metadata collection, XML feeds, and documentation, and creating LaTeX and digital art guidelines for authors. Next, Michael Casp talked about Production based on his experience at J&J […]

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