Searching for and selecting reviewers is a fundamental and crucial part of the entire editorial process and using the tools at your disposal within your ScholarOne submission site can make it a much more productive and time-saving process. The “Set my search preferences” option is available at the “select reviewer” step of the workflow and is a way to predetermine and save your own preferences for how you want the search results to be displayed. By setting the search preferences once and saving them, it ensures that all future searches instantly provide you with the key information that you need in order to be in the best position to efficiently select reviewers for a particular manuscript.
The default setting for search results when selecting reviewers is to display the number of review assignments an individual has currently and has had in the past twelve months, the number of days since their last review and their average R-score (a rating metric for reviewers). You may find that this information is not useful or not applicable and does not aid you in determining whether the people found are viable options to act as reviewers.
The “Set my search preferences” icon is shown on the right-hand side of the page. When clicked on, it opens a set of options to determine the areas you want to search by in order to generate the most useful set of results.
There are a number of options available to you and it is worth going through each section in the window that pops up to fully explore all the choices and ensure you are honing the results exactly as you wish.
Looking at the options, you may decide that average R-score is not relevant because your journal does not score reviewers and rather than days since last review, you would rather know when they were last invited to review and what their average turnaround time is. By making these selections and clicking “Save,” these search options are saved for all future searches that you conduct in the system. It is saved only for your searches and will not affect how other editors searching for reviewers see results – the search preferences are unique to each editor logging in.
When next performing a new search, the saved criteria are displayed and the information gathered adheres to the selections you made, providing you with much more useful and relevant information to help you make informed reviewer selections.
Take a look at the “Set my search preferences” option the next time you use the site and explore the options available to you.