Aries Systems Announces the Redesign of its Editorial Manager® and ProduXion Manager® Workflow Solutions

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October 18, 2021 | North Andover, Massachusetts –

Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions provider to the scholarly publishing community, announces the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) redesign initiative of its Editorial Manager® and ProduXion Manager® workflow solutions.

Aries Systems is committed to delivering continuous product improvement and innovation to best meet the needs of our customers. The UX/UI redesign initiative is driven by Aries' dedication to delivering excellence and is in direct response to valued user feedback and evolving design and accessibility standards. These exciting new enhancements will focus on modernizing the look and feel of Aries' Editorial Manager (EM) and ProduXion Manager (PM) solutions while simplifying and improving the user experience by implementing design best practices. The redesign initiative will create a more valuable, user-centric, and responsive platform for all EM and PM users.

Aries' strategic approach to the initiative encompasses a multi-year, multi-phase evolution of EM and PM. As new UX/UI enhancements are delivered to specific areas of the systems during each phase, other areas of the system will remain untouched, providing users an opportunity to get accustomed to the new designs and experiences over time. The first phase of the project will prioritize high-impact, heavily-trafficked, and most frequently-noted pages and workflows for improvement by users. Consecutive phases will target areas of the system by role; starting with the Editor role, followed by Reviewer, Author, and Publisher roles, respectively. The initiative will begin with the introduction of a newly redesigned main navigation bar universal to all EM and PM sites, which will provide a fresh and sophisticated look as well as a functional layout for a more intuitive, user-friendly navigation experience.

"I am thrilled to offer Editorial Manager and ProduXion Manager users an enhanced experience to further simplify and streamline their workflows", said Jennifer Fleet, Managing Director of Aries Systems. "Our customers' satisfaction and experience remain the focus of our system redesign. The initiative will offer users a modern look and feel with enhanced functionality and performance. The redesign efforts complements Aries' vision to transform and revolutionize the delivery of high-value content through the power of innovative technologies. We heard your feedback and we are taking action."

As the project progresses, frequent updates, notices, and supporting resources will be provided in the form of detailed blog posts, Release Notes documentation, video tutorials, FAQ sheets, training webinars, user group meeting sessions, case studies, and more! Materials will be made available on the Resources page of the Aries website as design enhancements are released.

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Accessible Technical Communication Tip: Clear Out Redundant Acronym Phrases for Screen Readers

Clearing redundant acronym phrases from your writing will help with translations of your writing and will improve accessibility when screen readers read the full spelled out meaning of an acronym for visually disabled users who would be puzzled hearing "machine machine".

A Redundant Acronym Phrase (RAP) ¹ is a phrase containing an acronym plus a descriptive word that, when the acronym is expanded, the phrase contains a redundancy. For example; ATM machine. ATM is an acronym for automated teller machine. When the phrase is expanded, ATM machine becomes "automated teller machine machine". Similarly, RAP phrase becomes "Redundant Acronym Phrase phrase".

The term RAP phrase was coined in 1985 and first appeared on the Internet in 1995 as a category in the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) game Chaos. This phenomenon was later described using other terms such as RAS syndrome (Redundant Acronym Syndrome syndrome), coined in 2001. A PNS syndrome (PIN Number Syndrome syndrome) becomes a "personal identification number number syndrome syndrome".

The following is a list of Redundant Acronym Phrases often used in technical communication.

Redundant Acronym Phrases

RAP phrases

The first column lists a RAP phrase (an acronym plus a descriptive word); the second column shows how the expanded acronym phrase is read by a screen reader.

RAP phrase Expanded phrase as read by a screen reader
RAP phrase Redundant Acronym Phrase phrase
RAS syndrome Redundant Acronym Syndrome syndrome
AC current Alternating Current current
ADD disorder Attention Deficit Disorder disorder
AFC conference American Football Conference conference
AIDS syndrome Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome syndrome
AM modulation Amplitude Modulation modulation
ARM mortgage Adjustable Rate Mortgage mortgage
ATC control Air Traffic Control control
ATM machine Automated Teller Machine machine
BBS system Bulletin Board System system
CD disc Compact Disc disc
CGA adapter Color Graphics Adapter adapter
COBOL language Common Business-Oriented Language language
CPI index Consumer Price Index index
CPU unit Central Processing Unit unit
CS/DS/ES/SS segment Code/Data/Extra/Stack Segment segment
DAT tape Digital Audio Tape tape
DC Comics Detective Comics Comics
DC current Direct Current current
DOS system Disk Operating System system
EBCDIC code Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code code
EGA adapter Enhanced Graphics Adapter adapter
FM modulation Frequency Modulation modulation
GIF format Graphic Interchange Format format
GOB Bluth George Oscar Bluth Bluth (a character from the TV show Arrested Development)
HIV virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus virus
HTML language Hyper Text Markup Language language
IBM machines International Business Machines machines
IP pointer Instruction Pointer pointer
IP protocol Internet Protocol protocol
IRA account Individual Retirement Account account
IRC chat Internet Relay Chat chat
ISBN number International Standard Book Number number
KFC chicken Kentucky Fried Chicken chicken
LAN network Local Area Network network
LCD display Liquid Crystal Display display
LEM module Lunar Excursion Module module
LPG gas Liquid Propane Gas gas
MASH hospital Mobile Army Surgical Hospital hospital
MIDI interface Musical Instrument Digital Interface interface
NFC conference National Football Conference conference
NPR radio National Public Radio radio
OPEC countries Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries countries
PC circuit Printed Circuit circuit
PDF format Portable Document Format format
PERL language Practical Extraction and Reporting Language language
PIF file Program Information File file
PIN number Personal Identification Number number
PNS syndrome PIN Number Syndrome syndrome (Personal Identification Number Number Syndrome syndrome)
POST test Power On Self Test test
RAM memory Random Access Memory memory
RF frequency Radio Frequency frequency
RISC computer Reduced Instruction Set Computer computer
ROM memory Read Only Memory memory
RPN notation Reverse Polish Notation notation
SALT talks Strategic Arms Limitation Talks talks
SAM missile Surface-to-Air Missile missile
SAT test Scholastic Assessment (Aptitude) Test test
START talks Strategic Arms Reduction Talks talks
START treaty Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty treaty
TWA airline Trans World Airline airline
UHF frequency Ultra-High Frequency frequency
UL laboratories Underwriters Laboratories laboratories
UN nations United Nations nations
UNIVAC computer Universal Automatic Computer computer
UPC code Universal Product Code code
UPI international United Press International international
USGS survey United States Geological Survey survey
VAT tax Value Added Tax tax
VGA adapter Variable Graphics Adapter adapter
VHF frequency Very High Frequency frequency
VIN number Vehicle Identification Number number

¹ The original material for this was part of The Nandy Conure Page website, which stopped being maintained in 2011. The website was about the Nandy Conure parrot but it also provided some resources for technical writers and editors. Much of the site is deleted since 2011. The RAP information is presented here to preserve the information for accessible technical communication.

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