I have recently submitted my first (math) manuscript to a Springer's journal, and received an answer that major revisions are needed, together with two reviewer reports. I revised my manuscript accordingly, and wish to submit it, but the technical details of how to do it are unclear to me. According to Springer's website:
You will usually receive a letter from the editor who handled your manuscript outlining the changes they would like you to make and links to the reviewer reports. This letter usually contains information on how to return your revised manuscript including instructions on how to highlight the changes made and when you need to return the revised version.
However I did not receive such a letter. So, my main questions are:
- Should I submit a single letter, containing my comments to both reviewers (one after another), or one letter for each reviewer? My main concern about the former is that it means reviewers will be able to see the comments of one another.
- How and where should I place my response to each comment? Is it customary to copy the whole reports, which are PDFs, into a LaTeX file, and then add my answers?
- For each reviewer, the revised manuscript contains changes he/she didn't request (since these are changes the other one requested). Should I begin my letter (or letters) with a list of all changes?
- Since my manuscript is written in LaTeX, tracking changes might be harder than in other file formats. Should I highlight all changes in my manuscript if I am not specifically asked to do so?