Innovations for Efficiency: Our Favorite Examples of Aries Innovations

Many journal offices today use a submission and peer review tracking system like Editorial Manager® to manage their submission and peer review workflows. Often, learning to use a comprehensive peer review system can be a daunting task. Switching peer review systems can mean having to re-train staff, presents the challenge of retaining important data, and may be a difficult pill to swallow for everyday users. This is why Aries invests more than $6 million in new technology each year. Aries is committed to continued innovation; our system is constantly improving with numerous new software releases each year. The goal of such innovation is not just to produce a better product for our users, but to save them the hassle and cost of having to adopt a new system in order to gain new benefits or stay up-to-date with industry trends. Editorial Manager users have access to hundreds of features that can save time and streamline their workflows, and our Aries staff are actively engaged in the scholarly publishing industry to stay in touch with user needs.

Want to see examples of Aries’ innovation? Here are five of our favorites:


Task Manager

Working seamlessly with Editorial Manager®, newly released Task Manager enables assignment and tracking of important editorial activities prior to production and at any time in the workflow. Examples of editorial tasks include language edits, artwork quality check, copyright check, conflict of interest form deposit, preprint server deposit, and many more. Task Manager decreases time to publication by allowing more tasks to be completed upstream, rather than waiting until production is initiated. Watch our introductory video on Task Manager functionality.

LiXuid Manuscript

Our LiXuid Manuscript™ initiative strives to develop functionality around the transition from unstructured representations of journal articles (Word or PDF files) to structured representations (JATS XML). Slated to be executed in three phases, LiXuid Manuscript™ phase I (Article Submission) has already been implemented with the addition of Xtract and phase II is currently under development. Xtract automatically extracts metadata from submitted manuscripts and auto-populates corresponding submission fields, with XML working behind the scenes. This reduces the need for Authors to manually enter data, streamlining the submission process. For more information on the upcoming phases of development of LiXuid, and how XML workflows can benefit your journal, plan to attend our upcoming User Group Meeting in Boston with sessions XML Bootcamp and Update on LiXuid Manuscript.

Comprehensive Decision Support Toolkit

Aries’ strategy for third-party integrations means that Editors using Editorial Manager® have access to numerous decision support tools. Such tools can save Editors time by undertaking preliminary, automated checking of manuscript documents for things like plagiarism or artwork quality. The Editor Decision Support Toolkit in EM has grown significantly in recent years, and such integrations are part of Aries’ continued growth strategy. Editors also have access to built-in decision support tools, such as the recently released Identity Confidence Check functionality, which enables Editors to evaluate unknown researchers to help safeguard publications against fraudulent activity. Decision support tools ultimately save journal staff time and lead to improved quality of published work. View our decision support tools video collection for more information.

ORCID Integrations: from SSO to Reviewer Recognition

Aries is proud to partner with ORCID to provide integration for Editorial Manager®  and ProduXion Manager® users. Since 2015, users have had the ability to use their ORCID login credentials to sign in to any Editorial Manager site. This Single Sign On functionality, when enabled by a journal, allows users access to multiple EM/PM deployments with just their ORCID credentials–no more remembering multiple user names and passwords! More recently, Aries has integrated with ORCID to make ORCID Reviewer Recognition functionality available to journals. This means that journals have a visible and verifiable way to publicly credit Reviewers, without compromising confidentially, right on a Reviewer’s ORCID profile. Learn more about ORCID Reviewer Recognition.

Transfer Solutions

Researchers lose time and effort when manuscripts are rejected by a journal and they have to repeat the submission and review process for subsequent journals. Aries offers seamless manuscript transfer between journals to save researchers time. Within Editorial Manager®, Editors are given the choice to reject and transfer to another journal with Author consent. If the recipient journal is also using Editorial Manager, then all submission items and previous reviews (if permitted by the Reviewer) may be included in the transfer package.

Aries is also an active participant in the Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA), to accommodate transfers between differing peer review systems. EM’s new import and export method that conforms to MECA standards allows transfer of data among various peer review systems. For more on MECA, join our User Group session Transfers: Preprint Servers, MECA & More.


Want to know more about Aries innovations and how they can streamline your workflow? Check out our video library, schedule a meeting with Aries at an upcoming conference, or contact us to set up a customized demonstration.

Already using EM or PM and want to implement some of the solutions above? Contact your Account Coordinator today for assistance.