Revised Papers

After you have read (and responded to) the reviews, you may submit a revised version of the paper, taking into account these reviewers’ comments and star ratings. 

Please note that:

  • You may not submit a revised version of the paper until a period of 28 days after publication of the first version.  This is to ensure that reviewers have had enough time to review the first version, and that authors take the reviewers’ comments into account.
  • You have a maximum of SIX MONTHS after publication of the first version to submit a revised version free of charge.  If you submit after the six-month deadline, you will be charged full submission fee for a new paper.
Also, please note the following:
  • The initial paper will have been published with its own unique DOI.
  • The revised paper is published with a new unique DOI, but readers will have access to the original paper and all reviews and comments that are posted for the original paper.
  • Changes should be in response to reviews submitted for the original paper, should focus on addressing substantive issues raised by reviewers, and aim for improvement of the original paper.
  • The title of the revised paper should remain the same as for the original paper, except where suggested specifically by reviewers.
  • The number, order and names of authors should remain the same as in the original except where changes are made to address specific reviewers’ comments.
  • The word count should remain the same (+/-10%) except where reviewers’ comments specifically suggest expansion of a section of the original paper.
  • The citation list should remain the same (+/-10%) except where the reviewers’ comments specifically suggest stronger links to the literature.
  • Revisions should not address solely grammatical and spelling errors, although these may be addressed if the revision addresses substantive issues raised by reviewers.
  • All revisions will go through a further review process, including reviewers of the original paper, and will receive published reviews and star ratings that are independent of those of the original paper. It is possible that a revision will receive negative reviews and a lower star rating than the original version.
If you elect to submit a revised version, a new template will open, and will be auto-populated with some of your previous information.  You may edit any of the fields.
Fields that will be pre-populate from the original paper will be:
  • Title
  • Authors (with the ability to add or remove authors)
  • Other ancillary fields, such as Abstract, Take Home Message, Notes on Contributors, Bibliography/References, and Appendices.
Main body fields, the new MS-Word document and supplementary files will not be copied over, and will have to be re-entered by the author.
Authors will also have to complete a text box labelled Amendments from Version 1.  As it implies, this information is a summary of the differences between Version 1 and Version 2 (the revised version) of the paper.  Please note that this information will be attached to the revised version of the paper, so that readers will be able to pick up differences at a glance.  This will also help reviewers of the new version to look for the changes that were recommended, and so more quickly and easily perform their reviews.