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In order to begin the review process, a submission must be assigned at least one editor. The submission dashboard of each article includes a "Participants" box on the right side of the Submission Dahsboard, which initially only includes the author(s) that are registered with your journal. To add an editor, select the blue "Assign" button in the upper right corner of this "Participants" box. 

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You will be asked to locate a user by role or name. If you cannot remember specific user names, by selecting a relevant role from the drop-down menu (in this case, "Journal Editor" or "Section Editor") you can list all users that have that role. Once you have selected your editor, you can then limit their assignment privileges- this will still allow this user to make edits and proofread, but they will be unable to move this submission along in the review process without confirmation from the journal manager or an editor with higher permissions. Finally, you can select a message to email to this new editor alerting them of a potential editorial assignment. 

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Send to Review
Send to Review

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Select the blue "Send to Review" button to access the Review dashboard.

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Make sure to select the files for review- any files not selected here can be accessed in later stages but will not be available for your reviewers or accessible from the Review page.

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Review Dashboard
Review Dashboard

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You will now have access to the review dashboard, which seems remarkably similar to the inital submission dashboard. In order to start the review process, you will need to assign reviewers: go to the "Reviewers" box below "Review Files" and select the blue "Add Reviewer" in the upper right corener. 

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Add Reviewer
Add Reviewer

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Once you confirm your selected reviewer or creat a new reviewer account, you will be directed to a new window. You will see your chosen reviewer at the top of the window and be given the option to change to a new user if necessary. You will also see the default content of the email requesting a review. While you can edit this if necassry, most of the email's content should be resposive to your previous choices and default review settings. 

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You can choose not to send an email to the reviewer by checking the box directly below the text of the email. The deadlines listed under "Important Dates" should coincide with default deadlines you set in the Review Guidelines, but you can change them for special circumstances here. Reviewers must respond to the review request by the Response Due Date and have at least one review done and submitted into the system by Review Due Date. You wll then select the review type: double-blind (authors and reviewers will be unable to see each other's identities), blind (the author will not know their reviewer) or open (all parties know each other's identities/usernames). Make sure to keep your journal review policy consistent. 

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Here is how your reviewer box will appear after you have sent a review request. By clicking the small blue arrow to the right of the reviewer's name, you can examine an overview of the review details, email the reviewer updates, edit the reviewer's information, unassign the reviewer from the submission, and look at the status of the review. 

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Request Revisions
Request Revisions

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In this case, the reviewer has recommeded some revisions, which can easily be made without firther input from the reviewer. In order to alert the author that these revisions need to be made, select the gray "Request Revisions" button on the right side of the page. 

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Once you select this button, a window will allow you to select various options for the email you will be sending to the submission's author. You will inform the author whether or not these revisions will be subject to another round of peer review. Since our reviewer selected the Revisions Required option, another round of peer review is not necessary. You can also choose whether or not to send an email notifying this stageof review- if you want a speedy reply, an email notification is recommended. Make sure to select the review files shared by the reviewer to the email. 

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Final Steps
Final Steps

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Once the author has resaponded to revisions, it is time to move the submission to the copyediting stage.Amke sure the final reviewed and revised file is uploaded into the "Review Files" box and then select the blue  "Accept Submission" button on the right side of the page. 

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