[pmwiki-users] PmWiki Magazine proposed Submission/Approval Process

Henrik Bechmann henrik.bechmann at sympatico.ca
Thu Sep 28 00:15:20 CDT 2006

Looks good to me..

- Henrik

Ben Wilson wrote:
> I have drafted a proposed process for the Magazine.[1] I tried to
> create a process that allows the author a measure of freedom to
> publish an article while retaining accountability and an opportunity
> for some degree of peer review. I'm giving a terse summary of the
> process here, but the site has greater detail.
> The process is essentially five stage:
> 1. Proposal
> 2. Acceptance of Proposal
> 3. Write the Article
> 4. (Peer) Review
> 5. Publication
> Proposal summaries comprise a title, categories, and abstract of the
> article, and are listed on a proposal page by day. This puts others on
> notice so two author's don't write on the same topic in a vacuum.
> Peers have a period of time (I thought a week or two) to raise
> concerns with a proposed article. Authors and peers resolve the
> concern, and if necessary, the Author withdraws the article. Accepted
> article summaries are moved to a "coming articles" page.
> When an article is accepted, the author writes the article somewhere
> (off-wiki, or not in Magazine group). When written, the author submits
> the article to some peer review group for comment. Comments are then
> integrated and the author repeats the process as desired. Pm is given
> a chance to bless, too.
> Article is published.
> Whenever the author has to wait for comment, there is a time limit so
> he does not have to wait too long. Thus, if no comments are made, the
> article can proceed smoothly to publication. Silence means nobody
> takes issue with the article.
> I added a bit for abuse---when an author decides to ignore the process
> or if things get too heated. I've rarely met a more amiable group than
> the PmWiki Community, so I thought it might sound a bit too heavy.
> But, I know I get irate without my coffee, so I thought to err on the
> side of caution.
> The way it is worded now, the process is a bit milquetoast. There's no
> voting, and arbitration is viewed as a last resort (and punted to Pm).
> I thought it was a good place to start, and as a need to firm up
> specific phases becomes apparent, we can address that need then.
> Please read the process and provide input. Perhaps a wiki-way approach
> (bullets after a phase, signatures w/ date stamp, etc.) would work
> better than email, but I leave it to you to chose your way of
> commenting. :-)
> Ben Wilson
> [1]: http://pmwiki.org/wiki/Magazine/ArticleSubmissionAndApprovalProcess
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Henrik Bechmann
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