Interactive Public Peer ReviewTM

Peer Review

  1. 1. Submission
  2. 2. Access review
  3. 3. Technical corrections
  4. 4. MS posted in SOILD forum
  5. 5. Comments
  6. 6. Final response
  7. 7. Post-discussion editor decision
  8. 8. Revision
  9. 9. Peer-review completion
  10. 10. Final revised publication

Types of interactive comments

In the interactive public discussion in SOILD, the following types of interactive comments can be submitted for immediate non-peer-reviewed appearance alongside the manuscript in discussion:

Short comments (SCs) can be posted by any registered member of the scientific community (free online registration). Such comments are attributed, i.e. posted under the name of the commentator.

Referee comments (RCs) can only be posted by the referees involved in the peer review of the manuscript in discussion. They can be anonymous or attributed (according to the referee's preference).

Editor comments (ECs) can only be posted by the topical editor of the manuscript in discussion.

Author comments (ACs) can only be posted by the contact author of the manuscript in discussion on behalf of all co-authors.

All interactive comments are fully citable, paginated, and archived as a supplement to SOILD.

Figures and supplements

Comments can be composed by using either plain text or LaTeX formatting. Complex content without LaTeX commands can be uploaded as a *.pdf file and will be displayed as a supplement to the comment. In both cases, figures can directly be included in the comment.

The two phases of the interactive public discussion

Phase 1: open discussion (6 weeks)

The referees are asked to post one or more referee comments, and every registered member of the scientific community may post short comments as defined above. The authors of the manuscript in discussion have the option (but no obligation) to reply by posting their own short comments individually, or by posting author comments collectively on behalf of all co-authors. The authors of a manuscript in discussion are automatically informed via email about the appearance of comments in the interactive public discussion. Alert services will also be available to other members of the scientific community. The interactive discussion is supervised but not actively moderated by the topical editors, who have the option of censoring comments that are not of substantial nature or of direct relevance to the issues raised in the manuscript in discussion or which contain personal insults. Authors are advised to follow the discussion of their preprint and to notify the Copernicus Publications Editorial Support and the handling topical editor in case of abusive comments. The SOIL editorial board reserves the right to exclude abusive commentators.

Phase 2: final response

After the open discussion, no more short comments and referee comments can be accepted. However, the contact author and the topical editor of the manuscript in discussion have the opportunity to post final author comments and editor comments, respectively. The final response phase is generally limited to 4 weeks (can be extended to 8 weeks) and automatically terminated upon upload of at least one author comment, although further author and editor comments can be posted, if appropriate. The authors are supposed to answer the referee comments and relevant short comments cumulatively or individually in one or more author comments. Based on the response, the topical editor either directly accepts or rejects the manuscript for final publication in SOIL or asks the authors for further revisions.