The NISO Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA) working group has released its draft Recommended Practice for an open protocol for the transfer of manuscripts within and between manuscript systems. The recommendations are available for public comment through February 16. Developed to address the frustration felt by authors when their manuscript is rejected and they have to repeat the submission process, as well as to reduce the estimated 15 million hours currently wasted each year repeating reviews, the MECA working group recommendations will improve the process for all stakeholders. They cover the transfer of manuscripts and/or reviews between submission systems, between preprint and submission systems, from authoring systems to submission systems, and from submission systems to services such as post acceptance processing systems.
The MECA working group has developed a common vocabulary and made specific recommendations for transmitting, identifying, and packaging the content being transferred. Once finalised, they will be published as a NISO Recommended Practice, freely available for implementation by the community.
The draft Recommended Practice is available at https://www.niso.org/standards-committees/meca.
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