With a team member leaving and a significant increase in the number of submissions, the British Society for Rheumatology looked to Editorial Office to not only offer cover, but to use their expertise to automate processes and speed up the workflow.
In 2020, the British Society for Rheumatology experienced a significant increase in the number of submissions and they were struggling to keep on top of everything. When a member of the team left and the society was not in a position to replace them quickly, Head of Publishing, Francesca Cockshull, turned to Editorial Office to ensure they were not short staffed for more than a few days.
Editorial Office were able to step in and cover the workload. We also evaluated the Society’s publishing processes to help automate and speed things up, after the Society’s team had identified some bottlenecks in the system.
- Right from the start of discussions, everything felt easy and reassuring
- Great relief that Editorial Office significantly reduced our backlog
- Freed up time to concentrate on commissioning and developing papers
- Editorial Office are friendly, but a very hardworking team
- Felt completely reassured
- All work is done to a really high standard
In the short term, Editorial Office significantly reduced the backlog of work, swiftly and efficiently.
Francesca and the team feel completely reassured that all journal work that is outsourced is done to a really high standard, whilst the submission levels have remained manageable.
The knowledge and expertise of the Editorial Office team was not only welcomed, but has been capitalised on, through new automated publishing processes and making sure submissions remain manageable.
Our friendly and hard-working team, led by our Editorial Assistant, Wendy Tilley, have ensured that everyone at the society feels confident in the new processes and the management of the workload.
Importantly, the team at the British Society for Rheumatology now have the time to concentrate on commissioning and developing papers. Furthermore, they have reported that they have been able to build their social media and communications strategies, as well as having more time to work closely with their Boards to boost the journals’ reputation.
“If you need professional, knowledgeable, friendly editorial office support & management, Editorial Office is the best provider for this.”Francesca Cockshull, Head of Publishing, British Society for RheumatologyVisit the BSfR website