Postcard from EMUG 2017

We asked about 130 attendees of the 2017 Editorial Manager User Group meeting — to tell us what makes them smile. If this sounds familiar, it’s because we tasked our 2017 European Editorial Manager User group meeting attendees with something similar.

Each year at both US and UK user group meetings, the Feature Workshop session empowers users to share their workflow wishes with Aries staff. Returning attendees often arrive prepared with lists of features and extended functionality that they’ve been dreaming about. They discuss among peer groups, with an Aries group leader, who then, in the Feature Presentations session, presents the top ‘wish list’ items identified by the group. This means that all attendees contribute feedback toward future releases.

In January, our UK user community voted on which of the 2016 US group’s wish list items they would most like to see developed and included in a future release. They did this via a fun, interactive text message poster. Attendees voted by affixing emoji stickers to the features they most would like to see developed. This is what we mean by, “Tell us what makes you smile!”

In Boston a couple of weeks ago at our US user group meeting, we shared the results of the UK group’s January feature workshop. Here are the results:

Improved navigation for long pages – 35

People-based correspondence history – 29

More flexibility customizing Editor forms – 28

Smarter proxy– 16

More granular file size restrictions – 14

‘Request an Extension’ deep link – 13

Sticky notes on Details page – 9

Multiple classification hierarchies – 9

Transitional Editor permissions to help editorial board transitions – 6

Configurable default ‘Search Reviewers’ including cross-journal – 5

Extend batch assignment – 1

Show Alternate Reviewers in Reviewer Status column – 0

Sincere thanks to all who attended and made this year’s meeting the best US Editorial Manager User Group Meeting yet!