Click on the chapter title in your assigned chapters to open the chapter page. Click on the "Edit" button to open the chapter in the editing tool.
Place your cursor in the desired location and begin typing. You can delete anything you wish.
To add new structural elements (paragraphs, bulleted or numbered lists, headers, etc.), you must first specify the type of structural element. Place your cursor at the end of the text just before where the new element should appear. Click the appropriate button on the toolbar to insert the new element.
Changes are tracked, with additions underlined and deletions struck out. Different colors reflect different users.
You may choose to view or not view the tracked changes by choosling View All Changes/Comment, View Final, or View Original. These buttons change only what is visible on screen, they do not turn the tracking on and off.
On the top row of buttons select the multimedia icon and when the dialogue box comes up, upload your file and provide the title, caption and credit line.
There are several ways to communicate:
If comments call for a change (eg, "Please clarify when CT is preferred over MRI"), make the change in the actual text, not in a reply comment.
If comments are only advisory (eg, "I shortened this because it had too much detail for our readers"), no response is needed if you agree. If you disagree, reinstate or revise material in the text, not in a reply comment; the reply comment should however explain your reasoning.
If there is a question, respond either with a comment box or by changing the text—whichever is appropriate. Either way, please respond so everyone knows you saw the question.
You do not have the ability to accept or reject changes. Instead, delete the text you want changed and write the correct material in the proper location. For significant changes, you may wish to leave a comment on why they were made.
After saving and closing the chapter, the chapter page has an option button "Send To." Clicking this opens a drop down menu of possible destinations within the workflow.
For authors, there is usually only 1 option, which will be either the reviewer or the person who just sent you the chapter. The exception is when there are co-authors. The primary author will have the option of sending to the co-author or to the reviewer or person who forwarded the chapter. When to involve the co-author is up to the primary author.
For reviewers, the options will usually be to forward to the author or to the Merck Manual staff editor. If the chapter came from someone other than the author, the option will be only to return to the sender.