Once the reviewed and accepted article is received by the Publication Production Office, the new text and figure files are inspected in view of the manuscript preparation and, where necessary, the author is requested to re-submit files in accordance to specification.
The text is composed and edited in accordance to the overall layout of the journal in pdfLaTeX (see LaTeX Macro). The figure files are manipulated to match a certain size and pixel count for easy access on the web, and they are then converted into a PDF.
The LaTeX text and the PDF figures are now combined and the entire article formatted, including the activation of all links for electronic publication. The entire article is subsequently converted into a PDF.
Where applicable, the article undergoes the copy-editing process (spelling, grammar, sentence structure) and the changes are incorporated into the text and again converted into a PDF.
The PDF file of the article is now sent to the author for proofreading, with the request to return the corrections as soon as possible. The corrections are then incorporated into the text.
The article is now paginated, converted into a PDF, and XML reference files and the HTML abstract file are generated. These files are then uploaded onto the web straight away (immediate publication).
The full citation (reference), the associated URLs to the online version, as well as the abstract, are transferred to several major scientific databases and search engines immediately, and secured in a long-term e-archive with Portico and CLOCKSS.
Whenever a series has been completed, the next issue of the publication is compiled. Following this, the entire issue is converted into one PDF file, printed, and distributed to the subscribers.
The printed copies of each issue are archived on a long-term basis with several copyright libraries in Germany, UK, and USA.