Inserting tasks in workflows with later start dates
Can we have an option for inserting tasks into workflows which have a stat date after the current task, and an end date before the current task?
i.e. If I want to insert a task to remind authors/follow up with authors on progress. I have to insert a parallel task along side the task to submit the review draft, but the start date is unchangeable meaning I constantly have this as an active task in my task list/organiser, when I would actually like it to start later
In consultation with ME Support, we have realised that this is partially feasible in the current system. Firstly, it is possible to set-up email notifications to be sent to both manager and assignee on a particular date in advance of the task’s due date.
If a separate task is needed this is possible as long as you are inserting it in parallel to a single task. It is possible to do the following (providing you follow this exact procedure):
1. Use ‘Insert Parallel Task(s)’
2. Insert the task that you want to add at a later stage and click ‘OK’
3. Right click on the task you just created and use ‘Insert Task(s) Before’
4. Choose the ‘Pause Task’ and set ‘Duration’ to the desired delay
5. Click ‘OK’ and accept the confirmation dialogue
This is a clumsy solution, but there is currently no easy fix for this problem. There are no current plans to take this suggestion further.
Emma J Welsh commented
TSCs - vote for this because this would enable you, or your ME, to add workflow tasks such that a search was scheduled in a year from commending a review or review update! I'd love to be able to schedule an task to chase up authors - at the moment it's so ad hoc and adds great delays to the editorial process.