Accept content for publication


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Use this Ad Hoc email to give advance notice to Copy Edit Support regarding high-profile submissions.

ME Acceptance check

When you receive the final submission of a review, you need to accept it for publication to send it for copy-edit.

  • Assign an editorial task of ME Acceptance Check.
  • The task will be visible on the Tasks menu under Submission Tasks Assigned to Me.
  • Complete the ME Acceptance Check.

Ask another editor to sign off the review

  • Assign Editor (e.g. your Coordinating Editor) to make a decision on the submission. See Sign-Off Editor tasks.
  • Choose to Send Custom Letters when assigning and select letter Editor Assignment for Sign-Off Before Acceptance.
  • When the Assigned Editor submits their decision, the submission will show in your Submissions with Required Reviews Complete folder. 
  • You can repeat this process to assign a Contact Editor followed by the Coordinating Editor, if you need several editors to make a decision, only AFTER you receive the first Editor’s decision.

Confirm final decision of Accept

Notify Authors

It is essential to notify authors when making a decision. If you do not send an email to authors, the decision will show as incomplete (Decision in Process) in EM. Licence for Publication forms will not be generated. It will not be possible to Set Final Disposition on the submission after publication. If your submission is stuck at status 'Decision in Process', use action Notify Authors to send an email. Follow the instructions below to notify authors directly after making a decision.

  • When other Editors have submitted their decisions, the ME needs to confirm a final decision of Accept and communicate with the authors.
  • Submit Editor's Decision and Comments with a decision of Accept.

  • Ensure you Modify Letter on the decision notification to authors, to show as Editor Decision - Accept (protocol/review/updates).

  • Send the email to authors to let them know the review will proceed to copy-edit and that they will receive a link to complete Licence for Publication forms.
  • EM also gives you the option of notifying peer reviewers that the review which they commented on is soon to be published (notifying peer reviewers is optional).
  • When the authors have been notified, the review will move to the My Assignments with Decision folder on your Main menu.
  • You can then add any relevant Production Notes and Initiate Production to close the editorial process and send the review for copy-edit. See Copy edit and publication (production).

Submission is returned before copy editing

When a Copy Editor is assigned to a submission as part of the production process, the Copy Editor will do an initial assessment to check the submission is ready for copy editing. 

If serious issues are identified, the Copy Editor will return the submission for further editorial input.

  • Production Manager cancels copy editing task. See Cancel a task assignment.
  • Production Manager sends email to Managing Editor describing issues with submission.
  • Managing Editor locates submission in My Assignments with Decision and uses action Rescind Decision to cancel the accept decision - you can choose not to send emails when rescinding a decision.
  • Submission moves to Submissions with Rescinded Decision on the Managing Editor Main Menu.
  • Managing Editor uses action Submit Editor's Decision and Comments > Minor/Major Revision to send the submission back to authors for further changes.
  • When the revised submission is resubmitted, if the changes have been made, Managing Editor uses action Submit Editor's Decision and Comments > Accept.
  • Managing Editor contacts production@cochrane.org to let the Production Manager know the submission is ready for copy editing.
  • Production Manager assigns copy editing task.