Submission management system

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A submission management system is a software system, also known as submission processing, that streamlines and eases out the collection, tracking and management of electronic submissions. Information can be received, authenticated, tracked, stored, and distributed electronically. Submission management systems can be web-based system operating in a browser environment, a COTS based product, or may also be in the form of a desktop application. Submissions are completed electronically creating an efficient real-time process that saves time for both the submitter and recipient. Usually a submission management system can take in a high volume of data at fast rate.

A submission management system may be regarded as an application-specific content management system. In essence, such a system can be used an alternative to email in many situations.

Common Features[edit]

Although submission management systems can get pretty complex, there are some features that a submission management system must provide in order for it to be classified under that category. Here is a list of some of those features:

  1. Provision to provide a start time and an end time for collecting submissions
  2. Mechanism for collection and storage of electronic submissions
  3. Mechanism for downloading and viewing the collected submissions only to authorized people at any given time
  4. Mechanism to verify all documents and attachments are virus free
  5. Mechanism to guarantee all the required information is present for submission
  6. Mechanism for accepting and rejecting submissions
  7. Provision for giving relevant feedback to submitters
  8. Provision for requesting resubmission of submissions
  9. Mechanism for submitters to view submissions made by them and associated comments

Common Applications[edit]

Each of these applications encompass the entire work-flow and all common features of typical submission management systems.

Course Management[edit]

Course management systems are used in colleges and universities to collect and manage course assignments and projects in electronic formats.

Conference Management[edit]

Call-for-paper conferences use conference management systems to collect, review and shortlist research papers and then notify the authors whose papers are shortlisted for publication and presentation.

Electronic Government Application Management[edit]

Whether at the federal, state, or local level government procedures often demand the filing of forms whether electronically or on paper. Submission management systems can provide a tool for electronic submissions to the Government.

Resume Management and Recruitment Management[edit]

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Employment websites and job sites collect electronic versions of resumes and help recruiters connect with job seekers in a streamlined fashion.

Event and Competition Management[edit]

Several events and competitions have an online round for shortlisting and selecting participants and attendees. The organizers of such events use event management systems with a functionality to collect and manage electronic submissions.

Proposal Application Management[edit]

Grant giving organizations and investment firms often require applicants to submit proposals as the first step of the process. These proposals are usually submitted in electronic formats after which they undergo a shortlisting process using a derivative of a submission management system built in-house.

Online Survey Management[edit]

Systems like SurveyMonkey and Google Docs allow users to create online surveys, collect responses from people over the Internet and view the results in various formats including graphs. These systems are essentially variants of submission management systems.

Generic Systems[edit]

Generic submission management systems are not built specifically to suit one submission management application or scenario. Rather, they allow users to collect and manage submissions across multiple applications and scenarios. Though such systems exist, they are comparatively less in number as compared to application-specific ones.

  • InFlowSuite™ A framework for a wide range of electronic submission-based systems that can be rapidly tailored and deployed to meet the needs of a specific agency or submission process by altering simple, easily maintained rule sets. The functionality of the InFlowSuite™ framework can be extended to fit custom developed components or commercial off-the-shelf software. InFlowSuite™ is a product of the Northrop Grumman Corporation

Existing Systems[edit]

  • AwardsCMS: an online system catered towards the acceptance and management of online submissions for awards, contests and grants.
  • Wizehive: a web based submission management system specializing in publishers contests, grants, fellowships and scholarships
  • OpenConf: A peer-review management system used by thousands of conferences, workshops, and journals in over 90 countries
  • Blackboard: Allows management of course assignments and projects in universities, schools and colleges
  • Moodle: An open-source alternative to Blackboard
  • Sakai: An open-source collaboration and learning environment that allows submission management in scenarios similar to Moodle and Blackboard
  • EDAS: A conference management system with review functionality
  • EasyChair: A conference management system similar to EDAS
  • Wonference: Full conference and event management system with submission for call for papers and awards.
  • Submittable: Backed by Y Combinator and the Knight Foundation, this online submission management platform is used by 1000s of universities, publishers, agents, galleries, foundations, conferences, and art colonies in over 90 countries.
  • Submission Manager: An online system for accepting and managing written submissions for a magazine or press.
  • YouNoodle: YouNoodle provides a submission management platform for business plans
  • KISSinsights: A web-based survey tool for website owners
  • SurveyMonkey: A web-based platform to create and manage survey submissions
  • Google Forms: An application similar to SurveyMonkey
  • FluidReview: A do it yourself online application and submission management tool
  • FluidSurveys: An online survey management platform with reporting functionality
  • Monster Jobs: An online resume and recruitment management system
  • Green Submissions:A free ad-free submission management system for publications and editors
  • eAwards:A cloud based awards submission management and judging system
  • INDICO: INDICO is CERN's software to schedule and organize events (see CERN's running instance)
  • Decision.io: A cloud based submission management and decision-making platform used by business incubators & accelerators, foundations and grant-makers, post-secondary institutions, competitions & contests, and businesses.

Resistance to Submission Management Systems[edit]

Widespread adoption and use of submission management systems (esp. in the context of the academia) has been hampered by several facts[1] that include but are not limited to:

  • Inconvenience while drawing figures, diagrams and equations on a computer
  • Resistance to change and adopt new technologies
  • Lack of or limited access to the Internet
  • Strict adherence to submission deadlines
  • Extra effort in using submission management systems as compared to traditional modes like email
  • Lack of trust in web-based submission management systems
  • Steep learning curve

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