Describe the problem you would like to solve
Co-author data has to be added manually which is time-consuming and prone to errors
When adding co-authors to a submission, search by e-mail address for already existing accounts and add the user data (name, affiliation, ORCID iD etc) into the “Add Contributor” form.
If no user can be found, provide an option to enter the data manually.
An email can then be sent to the co-author with a link to confirm their co-authorship.
makes submission process easier and faster
less prone to typos
co-authors that already have an OJS account with an authenticated ORCID iD do not have to go through the authentication process again with each submission (faster confirmation of co-authorship with a confirmation-link sent in an email)
- opens the possibility to introduce centrally collected ORCID iDs, e.g. via institutional sign-in (Shibboleth) which means even less work and authentication processes for authors
Up for discussion
- since user data would be displayed to anyone who is submitting, this might run into GDPR issues? (solution could be a consent form upon user registration)