Checking the proofs of your journal article

You will be contacted by email when the proof of your article is ready for you to check. Most journals use an online proofing tool, a few use PDF proofing.

The ultimate responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of the published article rests with you, the author. If you are likely to be absent during the proof review period, then please let us know so that we can contact your co-authors (if applicable) or extend the deadline accordingly. In the unlikely event that we do not hear from you for a prolonged period, we may publish the article without your corrections.

When checking your proof, you should take particular care to check the mathematics, tables and references. Only essential corrections should be made at this stage. You should provide new files if figures need correction.

Please do not supply a new source file because it is difficult to identify corrections, and some could be missed. The only exception is if the wrong version of the source file has been used to create the proof; in this case, please contact the journal team who will arrange to have a new proof prepared.

Online proofing

You should check your proof carefully and make corrections directly through our online proofing tool, which is quick and avoids transcription errors. Simply click into the content and make changes, as you would with a word-processing program like Microsoft Word, Google Docs or Pages for Mac. Respond to all queries and, if required, add comments to the Production team.

The online (HTML) version of the proof should be used to check and amend the content of the article. The reference PDF version of the proof (available via the online proofing tool) should be used to check the layout, for example, of figures, tables and mathematics. Please make your corrections directly to the online proof.

The reference PDF version is static and reflects the article content at the time it was loaded into the online tool. Note that the two versions will not be identical in terms of layout. For example, the figures may appear in different positions; in the PDF version they will appear at the top of the page as close as possible to their first citation, whereas in the online version they will appear below the paragraph in which they are first cited. There may also be differences in the fonts used between the text and mathematics in the two versions. These cosmetic variations should not be a cause for concern and do not need to be corrected/noted.

If you have problems using the online tool, then please download the reference PDF proof (available via the online proofing tool) and annotate it using the instructions below. You can then either upload the corrected PDF using the ‘attach’ option in the interface and finalize/submit the article, or return it via email to the journal team.

PDF proofing

For PDF proofs, annotate the article with strikethrough, replacement text and insert text tools in Adobe Reader (or equivalent). To add production comments, use a sticky note. Please ensure that all changes are visible in the ‘Comments’ list, so that your corrections are not missed.

Alternatively, you can supply a list of changes that clearly indicates where amendments are required.