Our Editing Workflow + GatherContent
We use GatherContent to draft, edit, collaborate and set due dates on pieces you work on with us. It will take a few minutes of moving around in Gather Content to see how it works, but it's much better to use for our workflow than other document-sharing services. It allows us to set deadlines for drafts and change the status of drafts (anytime the status says Member Authoring the ball is in your court to write).
Here’s how using Gather works.
- Consortium Members pitch Massive in a channel in our forum using a pitch template.
- Massive staff will approve pitches in the forum.
- If your pitch was approved, you’ll receive an invitation to GatherContent. Sign up using the link emailed to you.
- In GatherContent, Massive staff create an assignment based on your pitch. You should be able to access this document. It consists of two parts (you can see them as ‘tabs’). One is a translation template and the other is the draft.
- You’ll see a deadline for returning the first part of the training/writing process to us: your translation template. This template is different from the draft of the body of the article.
- Finish the translation template by the due date Massive staff set for you. Set the status to Template Done.
- We will comment on your translation template, and send it back to you (we will change the status to Member Authoring). The next step for you is to start your draft, and then, switch the status to Draft Done.
- Sometimes there can be many stages of draft revisions. You can always go back in time to look at past versions of the draft. If you would like to compare versions, make sure you click the small timepiece icon at the top right of the document when viewing a draft, and note the 'Showing' vs 'Comparing' notations for versions you're looking at.
- Because we are a publication with editorial standards, our editorial team will decide on the final headline, subhead, edit and captions. We have the final word on what gets published on massivesci.com, but we work with you throughout the edit process to make sure we’re representing your story and the science as well as we can while inviting in as many types of readers as possible. After we close a draft (you’ll know when this is happening as you near the end of your draft revisions), we won’t make any further edits in GatherContent.
Last updated March 7, 2018