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Revised Manuscripts

Following initial peer review, articles judged worthy of further consideration often require revisions, including additional experimentation. However, articles requiring extensive revisions will be at a disadvantage. Revised manuscripts should be received within 3 months of the date on the initial decision e-mail or they will be considered as a new submission, with a separate manuscript number and submission fee. An extension beyond this 3-month period may be granted in order to complete time-consuming new experiments requested by the reviewers, but such extensions must be requested from the Associate Editor at least 2 weeks before the end of the 3-month revision deadline.

Make sure all revisions are marked in the text document by using tools such as underlining, highlighting, and strikethrough. You may also use Microsoft Word Track Changes.

Visual Abstract

Visual Abstracts are required for original research articles (Regular Articles and Brief Reports), Review articles, How I Treat, or Blood Spotlight articles that are undergoing revision. Additional guidelines and requirements for preparation of the visual abstract can be found here.

Guidelines for Visual Abstracts

What is a visual abstract?

A visual abstract is an illustration that concisely depicts the key findings of a scientific paper. It is intended to attract the attention of readers and make it easier for them to find articles that are of interest to them.

Where will my visual abstract be published?

The visual abstract will appear in the final online article. A reduced-size “thumbnail” image of the visual abstract will be part of the article’s entry in the online table of contents. The visual abstract will not be included in the print version of the journal.

Which articles in Blood will feature visual abstracts?
Visual abstracts will only be featured for Regular Articles, Brief Reports, Blood Spotlights, Review Articles, and How I Treat.

Are there other guidelines for preparing a visual abstract?
A visual abstract should be clear, concise, eye-catching, and comprehensible to a typical Blood reader. It should present the most important finding(s) of your study. Keep the use of text to a minimum, and avoid presenting data in tabular form. If the image depicts a biological or biochemical process, it should clearly flow from left to right or top to bottom. Avoid excessive detail or clutter.

Visual abstracts must be original; material reproduced from other sources may not be used. Do not include trade names, logos, or images of trademarked items in your visual abstract.

Can I get help with preparation of my visual abstract?
It is the responsibility of the authors to create their own visual abstract. Professional illustrator assistance for visual abstracts is only available for articles solicited by the Editors.

Can I use a figure from my article as a visual abstract?
We strongly recommend that the visual abstract be a separate illustration, not a figure from your article. However, on occasion it may be acceptable to use a figure from an article as a visual abstract.
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