6.2.1 Manuscript Editing
After acceptance for publication, a manuscript undergoes copyediting, now often referred to as manuscript editing.28 Extensive editing for clarity, accuracy, and internal consistency may be necessary for some manuscripts. The manuscript editor coordinates communication between the editor, author, and production staff. Manuscript editors incorporate suggestions of the reviewing editor; correct grammar, spelling, and usage; query ambiguities and inconsistencies; verify mathematical calculations; verify reference citations; and edit to journal style. Tables, boxes, and figures are also edited for style (see 4.0, Visual Presentation of Data), accuracy, and consistency with the text. Original figures may be created by a graphics specialist in consultation with the author and reviewing editor. The manuscript editor sends the edited manuscript, including online-only content, with proposed additions and deletions clearly indicated (see 23.0, Manuscript Editing and Proofreading), as well as queries, along with a cover letter and the edited art and tables, to the reviewing editor and the author for approval. After the author responds, the manuscript editor incorporates the author’s changes. Any substantive changes requested by the author (eg, inclusion of additional data or analyses, requests for addition of figures or tables) should be discussed with and approved by the reviewing editor.