Online proof reading and editing – a quicker way to final publication proofs

In this blog, Claudia Barzen explains e.Proofing, a unique system that enables authors to remotely edit their manuscript, speeding up the publication process. Read on to find out more.


Are you happy that your manuscript has made it through peer-review, and that it will be published soon? Oh, but you think there’s one more tedious step to take: the proofing and making your corrections.

Maybe it’s not going to be that bad, and e.Proofing could be the answer!

Proofing made easy

Smart online tools have 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.

Your article proofs are accessible online and you can make changes right there.

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 we need to publish your work in electric and print formats.

It speeds up the production process, so your article can be published sooner. Another benefit is that re-typing of your proof corrections can be avoided – which eliminates a source for errors.

e.Proofing wherever you are

It is supported by all major browsers and mobile devices. 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 have launched 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 blog with more good news about e.Proofing: it has been made available for book and chapter manuscripts, too!

We welcome any feedback you may have, so please don’t hesitate to comment below!

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Zoe Mullan

What happens if the author makes a major change that might affect the findings? Or an inappropriate claim in the interpretation? Are there no opportunities for the editor to review what’s been changed?

Claudia Barzen

Thanks for your questions! – Editors can review the changes. Major changes are rare and can only be accepted and implemented with the editors’ approval.

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