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Reviewing a revised article

Timelines for reviewing a revised article

This is normally a quicker process than reviewing an original manuscript. The deadline for your comments will be between five and 21 days, depending on the journal. Again, if you need an extension please get in touch with the editorial office.

What to check for when reviewing a revised article

When reviewing a revised manuscript, you are checking that the revisions are satisfactory. You will receive a copy of the revised manuscript as well as the author’s response to the reviewers’ reports.

It is generally not appropriate to request additional changes (not mentioned in your original report) at this stage.

If the authors fail to answer your criticisms, please check the ‘Unsatisfactory Revision’ box on the report form and describe the areas that were not addressed in the revision in your comments.

Updating your scores for a revised article

You will be invited to update the original quality assessment scores you provided with your original review. If you feel the paper has been improved, your scores should increase.

Making your recommendation as a reviewer

You will be asked to give a recommendation. The Editor will take into account your recommendation along with those provided by any other reviewers. Your recommendation should be either:

  • Accept
  • Amendments required before acceptance
  • Unsatisfactory revision

Make sure you explain the recommendation you have made in your report. You may see fewer recommendation options if you are reviewing a revised manuscript.

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