Most of the institutions preparing journals face problems in management of the whole preparation process. Most of the journal preparation is communicated via email, files are stored locally on the administrators’ computers and they have to be carefully systematized and taken care of. Institutions rarely have systems for tracking the journal preparation progress; higher management bodies do not have insight into the process. All this makes the journal preparation slower, non reliable and less transparent.
In this regard, the Macedonian software development company introduces an innovative and competitive software solution for preparation and publishing of online journals. The solution is web based and it includes the complete journal preparation process consisted of several consecutive phases which are managed and monitored by the system administrator. Currently the system incorporates the following phases: opening a “Call for papers”, registration of authors and submission of papers, approval, review, correction and proofreading of papers, creation and final approval of the journal and its online publishing. Access is granted to registered users only. Every user of the system belongs to one of several user roles: administrator, author, editorial board member, reviewer and proof-reader, having specific permissions and allowed actions in the system. The system enables transparency of the whole preparation process: registered authors, submissions, process progress and details of a current phase. All this is available to specific user roles through a user friendly dashboard.
It is important to be mentioned that this system is fully customizable according to client’s needs, the processes and user roles the client utilize. The software solution incorporates real-time notifications with system notifications and emails. The system also has an option for internal sending of messages.
The company is looking for new clients, end-users of the solution or partners that would help introducing the solution at new markets. Desired types of cooperation with international partners should be in the form of providing support for marketing the solution to the potential clients and joint further development or adaptation according to specific needs. The company is interested to cooperate with companies or universities under commercial agreement with technical assistance or licensing agreement. The Macedonian partner is expected to benefit from increased revenue sales whereas the international partner(s) would benefit from introducing the solution into their existing portfolio, increased market share, improved customer satisfaction and higher financial gains.