About MECA
Authors lose time and effort when their manuscript is rejected by a journal and they have to repeat the submission process in subsequent journals. Plus, it is estimated that 15 million hours of researcher time is wasted each year repeating reviews. Both of these challenges could be addressed if journals and publishers could transfer manuscripts between publications using different submission-tracking systems. With the growth of cascading workflows, manuscripts are regularly transferred within a publishing group. But a growing challenge is to transfer the manuscript (and, optionally, peer-review data) across publishers and manuscript systems and even to and from preprint servers.

A group of manuscript-management suppliers has taken up this challenge and is working together with NISO to develop a common approach that can be adopted across the industry. This session is intended to report on the group’s work to the larger community, and to gather comments, questions, and suggestions.


MECA in the News

What MECA Can Do for the Publishing World — and What it Can’t

Resubmitting your study to a new journal could become easier

HighWire Press Release | June 5, 2018

NISO Press Release | May 9, 2018

Upcoming events

STM Week, December 4, 2:30 p.m. –  Manuscript exchange common Approach (MECA) – Bringing convenience for authors, efficiency for publishers

Past Presentations

MECA at SSP Fall Seminar 

MECA at JATSCON – 2018

MECA at CSE – 2018

MECA at FORCE11 – 2017

Project MECA Presentation at SSP 2017



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