Improving the submission editing workflow in OPS
Open Preprint Systems has had a community developed plugin for preprint versioning, called authorVersion, for a while, authored and supported by Lepidus Technologia. However, the plugin enabled authors to create new versions of their preprints only. It did not enable them to submit this new version to the server administrators for posting. This workflow was challenging, because server administrators had no way of knowing when a new version was ready to be published.
We are happy to have been able to contract with Lepidus Technologia to solve this issue by supporting the addition of greater functionality to this plugin. Preprint authors can now provide a justification for the creation of their new preprint version and submit it for review by server administrators. This version justification is also shown publicly on the preprint page to provide context to readers for the preprint revisions.
Open Engineering is glad to be able to give back to the preprint publishing community by enabling these developments and improvements in preprint software. It is only possible through the generous support of our donors and members of the Engineering Archive Membership Circle.