What prevents an editor from removing an author from the participants list?
I'm not sure why we would want to prevent that.
I was just thinking if there is a loophole there, but was not thinking logically, this is of course not an issue if the editor can not access the submission workflow at all.
What if the editor is one of the co-authors, not in the participant list, but just in the article metadata
I don't think there's much we can do about that, because co-authors don't have any role-based function in the system. They don't even have user accounts in some (all?) cases, I think. Alec might know better.
With the exception of the submitting author, they do not have accounts.
I think that this is the main issue here. I tried to solve this here https://github.com/ajnyga/hideEditorOwnArticles but the problem is that there is no identifier that could link an user account to an author account/metadata. And even if there was (Orcid), the editor can always remove the Orcid id from the user profile and access the submission then. But I think that the assigning editor model above solves this as well.
Would the editor be able to create a section editor account and assign that to the submission
I believe they'd be able to create the user account, but would not be able to assign an editor to a submission for which they are the author.
Again, the same logical error I made above. Not an issue because the editor does not have access to the whole submission workflow in this case.
Yeah, I imagine we would need to do some research on this change. But without this change, it will be effectively impossible to limit Journal Managers from accessing anything in the editorial workflow.
Agreed, or at least creating new Journal manager accounts would have to be something that the other editorial staff would be automatically notified about?
- if the editor is the only editor in the journal (others are section editors), who assigns the editor's own submission to the section editors? Many journals do not use the automatic assigning of submissions based on sections.
- Also, in the scenario above, who does the "schedule for publication" part. I think that is something section editors can not do?
ps. sorry for being annoying, that is not my intention here