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. We provide two methods to proofread your article; most journals use online proofing, a few use PDF proofing.
You should check your proof carefully and make corrections directly through our online proofing service, which is quick and avoids transcription errors. For PDF proofs, annotate the article with strikethrough, replacement text and insert text tools in Adobe Reader.
With both options you can add production comments, either directly online, or an equivalent sticky note in Adobe Reader. If you use PDF proofing, please ensure 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.
Please do not resupply a new source file because it is difficult to identify corrections and some could be missed.
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. You should check the accuracy of your original diagrams very carefully before submission; we cannot accept responsibility for any errors in original diagrams.