Section headings may be utilized to organize an issue's table of contents. Journal managers must first configure section headings, then authors and editors may choose in which section an article appears.

Configure section headings

  • Once logged into the submission management system, select Configure Journal > Journal Sections (by default, a single section called 'Articles' will already be in place).
  • Select 'Create Section'
  • Give the new section a title (formatted the way you would like the heading to appear in your published table of contents) and an abbreviation (the abbreviation is for internal use by the system only).
  • Pay careful attention the settings you select for the new section:
    • Will not be peer-reviewed - This option will affect the metadata associated with published items, which will reflect that items in the section are not peer-reviewed. This option is commonly utilized for sections such as 'Front Matter'
    • Do not require abstracts - Abstracts are required be default, but that requirement may be overridden by selecting this option.
    • Items can only be submitted by Editors and Section Editors - During the submission process, authors are asked which section they would like to submit their manuscript to. If you would prefer this section not to appear in that menu, select this checkbox. Editors will still be able to assign the manuscript to the section.
    • Omit author names... - This option is also commonly selected for sections that contain Editor-composed content, such as 'Front Matter.'
  • (Optional) If your journal makes use of them, you may also select Section Editors that you wish to automatically assign to all submissions in this section.
  • Be sure to select 'Save' at the bottom of the page to save your new section heading.

Assign an article to a section

  • Once a section heading has been created, you may add articles to it by navigating to the 1. Summary screen for a particular manuscript.