How to set my search preferences on ScholarOne to find reviewers

A vital part of the editorial process is to search for and select reviewers. You can make this task easier by using tools in your ScholarOne submission site.

Set my search preferences on ScholarOne Manuscripts

At the Select Reviewer step of the workflow, you can set and save your preferences. Choose the option to Set My Search Preferences on ScholarOne for how you want the search results to be displayed.

By setting your search preferences once, and saving them, you ensure future searches display the key information you need. You can instantly see the results that will help you select reviewers for a particular manuscript.

How to change the default settings

When selecting reviewers, the default setting for search results is to show:

  • the number of review assignments an individual currently has
  • how many assignments they’ve had in the past twelve months
  • the number of days since their last review
  • their average R-score (a rating metric for reviewers)

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But you may find that this information is not useful or applicable. You only want to search by the criteria that will help you to know whether the people you’ve found are suitable reviewers for your journal.

In this case, you should choose the Set My Search Preferences icon shown on the right-hand side of the page. When you click on this, it will give you a set of options. You can now choose the areas you want to search by to produce the most useful set of results.

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Fully explore your choices

There are a number of options available to you. It’s worth going through each section in the window that pops up to fully explore all the choices. By doing this, you can ensure you’re refining the search results to meet your needs.

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Look at each option. You may decide that average R-score is not relevant because your journal does not score reviewers. And rather than seeing the number of days since their last review, you may prefer to know when a reviewer was last invited to review. You can also see their average turnaround time.

Save your searches for future use

By making these selections and clicking Save you keep your search options for future use.

Your saved searches will not affect how other editors see results when they search for reviewers. Your search preferences are unique to you and will only apply to your searches.

When you next perform a new search, your saved criteria are displayed. The information gathered in the search will follow the selections you made. This should provide you with the most useful and relevant facts to help you make informed reviewer selections.

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Have a look at the option to Set My Search Preferences on ScholarOne next time you use the site. And take the time to explore all the options available to you.