A smart online tool has made the authors’ (and publishers’) lives much easier. Your article proofs are accessible online and you can make changes right there. Edit your proof online with the look and feel of a common text editing software. If you spot a typo in a mathematical equation, it can be fixed online, too. Figure captions can also be edited. If our production editors have questions to you, you can read them and reply online. So, it’s all in one place and you don’t have to read through your emails and sort various versions of proof pdf-files.
At Springer we’ve been using e.Proofing for the online proofing procedure as described above. While our authors like the frontend, we too are pleased with the backend. e.Proofing transfers your text edits into XML format and that’s what is needed to publish your work in electric and print formats. Re-typing of your proof corrections can be avoided – which eliminates a source for errors and your article can be published sooner.
All major browsers and mobile devices support e.Proofing. So, you might choose to comfortably sit in your garden chair and finalize your proofs on your tablet. If you still like to keep a pdf-file of your proof, just download it after you finished and submitted your proof.
For those of you using LaTeX, we regret that e.Proofing isn’t ready yet. But on a side note; especially for you we will launch a pilot project with Overleaf that helps you to create and submit your paper to a selection of our journals…
Now let me end this article with more good news about e.Proofing: it has been made available for Springer book and chapter manuscripts, too!
More information on the publishing process can be found on our website. Your feedback is welcome, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
In parts this article has recently been published on the BioMed Central Blog.