Q: Won’t it be cheaper in the long run for us to develop our own in-house manuscript tracking system?

A: Because Editorial Manager is a commercial manuscript submission and tracking system, our users benefit from enhancements that are funded by a large customer base. It would cost millions of dollars to develop and maintain a system equal to Editorial Manager, and to remain in compliance with emerging standards such as ORCID, FundRef, Ringgold, JATS and CRediT. Once in place, the ongoing costs of hosting, bandwidth, redundancy, support, and maintenance of an in-house system would exceed the cost of owning Editorial Manager.

Editorial Manager provides dynamic reconfiguration by the journal office, so the system can be easily adapted at any time to meet the individual needs of each publication. Aries invests more than $6 million per year in new technology.