I have the chance to submit a revised manuscript to a journal, and they have specifically asked to highlight the changes using highlighted text, as opposed to tracked changes. I am using Microsoft word.

I have always used tracked changes, so I am not sure of the normal procedure when using highlighted text to mark changes, specifically when deleting text. If there is a sentence to be deleted, how do you indicate this using highlighted text, as there is no text remaining. Should I just delete and then reference the line at which this happened in the response to editors and reviewers? Or should I highlight the 'space' where the line used to be?

Many thanks

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Use strikethrough in Word (or LaTeX).

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    Ah ok, so the text doesn't actually get removed from the manuscript, that's great thanks. Is it common practice to highlight the strikethrough text, or only highlight the new text?
    – AP30
    Apr 30, 2020 at 11:35
  • @AP30 Strictly speaking, a strikethrough is a highlight. That said, it is unclear what the journal require, so highlighting [the backrgound], as per other changes, might be useful.
    – user2768
    Apr 30, 2020 at 14:05

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