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

Press Release

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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.

5th Annual ICT Accessibility Testing Virtual Symposium, week of 19 October 2020

ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium logo on the left and testing equipment on the right

"Time for Testing in Testing Times"
(Remote Work, Commerce, Education, Support…)

When: Week of October 19, 2020 (Specific schedule TBD)

Workshops and Instructional Courses: Weeks Prior/Post Symposium (TBD)

It goes without saying that these are testing times for everyone as society collectively deals with the Covid-19 global pandemic. Workers, retailers, restauranteurs, teachers, students, and customer support operators are finding themselves obliged to move to online as the primary means of collaboration with colleagues and customers. It also goes without saying that a considerable number of these systems featured no or poor accessibility development/testing.

Given this rapid transition of many who are new to such online tools, the amount of additional accessibility blockers is growing by the day. Do developers and administrators of new websites and other digital content have accessibility in mind? Most likely not. Do the tools they use to quickly implement new websites, Apps, and electronic documents automatically generate accessible code? Commonly no.

As a profession, we have had to cope with our own business issues in the same ways as those in other industries. We've also had to step up to support those in other industries to help solve their accessibility problems, many of which have only emerged as a result of the massive switch to online operations. A lot has happened in a short time, and there is much that can be gained by sharing our positive (and perhaps, negative?) experiences in ICT Accessibility Testing research and practice. To play our part, we have to be here to provide support to those tackling their technology issues, so that we may help them ensure equitable access for all members of our society.

Our annual symposium has traditionally been a place for inperson knowledge sharing and for professional face-to-face networking. Let's use this year's online symposium to continue sharing what works during the current situation and beyond, and let's continue networking with our peers—but this time online—the same way that so many of us are getting used to while we go through this together.

Sincerely, Dr. Chris M. Law, Chair, & Matt Feldman, Co-Chair,
2020 Symposium Committee

Program and Registration

The Preliminary Program will be available and Registration will open on Wednesday, August 5. Currently, this year's submissions are being reviewed.

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