Comments, invited replies and commentaries are all structured in the same way. They should be succinct, and no longer than three printed pages, c.2,500 words including references, and have no abstract, keywords or sectional titles, e.g. introduction, materials and methods.
Comments bring attention to an oversight in a Proceedings B article or propose an opposing view. They are often a critique, providing corrections or offering new analyses. However, if factual errors are identified that affect the accuracy of the published record, a corrigendum may be published instead.
A comment is published in an issue after the primary article has been published.
Comments are self-proposed by any reader shortly after the initial article is published (within 6 months of online publication).
The comment is peer-reviewed by the corresponding author of the original article, a referee from the original article, and another impartial referee. Comments will be published at the discretion of the EditorTop
Replies are the direct response to a comment. Once a comment is received the authors of the original article are invited to reply.
A reply is published in issue alongside the comment.
The reply should be peer-reviewed, alongside the comment, by the impartial referee and the referee from the original article, invited to review the comment.
The aim of a commentary is to draw attention to a Proceedings B article(s) and/or explain its significance to the non-specialist. It is a short, non-exhaustive, review-type article detailing the article's importance. It may also contain new and challenging ideas and should add value to the scientific literature.
Commentaries are usually self-proposed by editorial board members or referees and are peer-reviewed by the corresponding author of the original article(s), a referee from the original article, and another independent referee if necessary.