Two of Vega’s uniquely flexible and compatible features include its peer review options and editorial workflows. Vega’s designers and producers have ensured these features hold up to the rigorous processes essential to academic publishing—especially those of online, open-access publications.
Peer Review Options
It is essential that publishers, editors, and authors can track the peer review process of their publications. Vega allows users to choose between multiple peer review styles—including open, closed, and crowd-sourced—and track those processes through its dashboard.
The powerful commenting feature in Vega allows publishers to simplify the peer review process, giving reviewers the power to make comments on mico- and macro-levels, from feedback on a piece as a whole down to in-line commenting at the media-element level.
As a publishing platform, Vega has workflow features—including submission tracking, automated email communication, user-info databases, and front-end reader interfaces—similar to other editorial and submission platforms. What sets Vega apart is that it’s built to work with both traditional and scholarly multimedia.
In a traditional scholarly publishing process, peer review, copy-editing, and layout are crucial stages that an academic text undergoes before publication, whether in print or online. In a scholarly multimedia publishing process, the same stages often happen in a different order. For example, when editing a webtext, it makes no sense to spend 8–12 hours copy-editing for grammatical errors if the webtext has structural usability errors that make it unpublishable.
Vega allows for this kind of workflow flexibility and is therefore the first editorial content management system that accommodates both traditional and multimedia publishing processes.