The new Europe PMC plus features ‘Watch’ and ‘Claim’ allow users to monitor progress of manuscripts for which they are not a submitter and enables them to take over reviewing author duties for submissions that may have stalled during the submission process.
This may be of particular use for administrators, librarians and co-ordinators that manage Europe PMC self-submissions on behalf of their Principal Investigators and Authors.
While the features are distinct modules of Europe PMC plus they work well in conjunction with each other allowing a level of manuscript management functionality previously unavailable in Europe PMC plus.
The Watch feature
The ‘Watch’ feature allows you to monitor progress of a manuscript for which you are a not already a submitter, PI or reviewing author. Watchers can view manuscript information and submit a ‘claim request’ if the manuscript stalls.
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Who can ‘Watch’ a manuscript?
You can submit a ‘Watch Request’ for any manuscript that does not appear in your ‘My Manuscripts’ list. However, you must know the manuscript ID number; for manuscripts that are not yet publically available, you will be asked to verify your request by providing the manuscript and journal titles.
The Claim feature
The ‘claim’ feature allows you to take over reviewing duties if a manuscript submission stalls.
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Who can ‘Claim’ a manuscript?
You can only make a Claim Request for a manuscript which appears in your ‘My Manuscripts’ lists; this means that you must already be a PI, Secondary Author or Watcher (see above) for the manuscript.
Further information about the features can be found on the Europe PMC plus online User Guide.
Alternatively contact the Europe PMC Helpdesk: helpdesk@EuropePMC.org +44 (0)1937 546699
Post written by the Europe PMC Helpdesk Manager, Rob Rowbotham