Aries Systems to Offer New Repository API for Flexible Vendor Integrations

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Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions supplier to the scholarly publishing community, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new Editorial Manager® API for repositories. This application will be developed as a “generic” API, enabling flexible integration opportunities for independent repositories. Aries is among the first to create a universal API that is widely available for third parties to access and code to.

The repository API will be designed to allow any customer or repository vendor the ability to integrate with the EM system free of charge. The upcoming API will allow each repository provider to configure their repository profile while allowing custom configurations for specific publishers as needed. Journals will have a choice as to which repositories authors will be able to deposit files and submissions to, providing publishers with full control.

Through the API, Authors will simply select a repository item, which will be sent to the repository directly within the submission process without ever needing to leave Editorial Manager. If desired, an alternative workflow will easily allow Authors the ability to go directly to the repository’s submission user interface. Once items have been uploaded, links to the repository item will be generated for Authors as well as any Reviewers and Editors with proper system permissions. Each link will present different rights – an Author will receive an ‘edit’ link whereas Reviewers will receive a ‘view’ link. Notifications are then automatically sent within Editorial Manager informing the repository of decision milestones as the submission moves through the review process. This encourages Authors to send datasets to repositories, making it easier for researchers to gain access to that data.

Dryad, Figshare, Cadmore Media and Mendeley Data are among some of the repositories partnering with Aries to establish integrations with the API.

“We are very excited about the upcoming release of our repository API. The API will make it easier for journals to comply with data availability requirements as well as advancing the principle of FAIR data!  This API will also open many opportunities for deeper partnerships and integrations with both institutional and industry-leading repositories,” said Tony Alves, Aries Systems’ Director of Product Management.

Dryad Product Manager Daniella Lowenberg said, “We are thrilled that Editorial Manager sees the value in closer connections between journals and best practice data repositories, building with us to better meet researcher needs in curating and publishing data. Dryad has long supported publishers in the implementation of open data policies and this new integration with Editorial Manager will provide researchers a seamless and synchronous option to publish research data as part of the article submission workflow”.

The new repository API will become available with the release of EM/PM version 17.0 in Q1 2021. If you are interested in partnering with Aries on a repository integration, please contact sales@ariessys.com for more information.