Is it possible to make changes in the order of corresponding authors and other co-authors during revision of a manuscript?
Revising a manuscript is to change it for the better. Revising might ask for few changes, or it could need making “large, sweeping changes, reorganizing part or all of the text, significantly adjusting tone and voice, or adding and removing chunks of text, as well as fixing grammatical errors.” Revising might be done by the author, the journal editor, or peer reviewers, who are experts in the applicable subject. During revision of a manuscript, authors may need to carry out additional experiments or studies in order to address the reviewer comments. In that case, the contributor of the experiment needs to be acknowledged in the manuscript. In some cases, the order of authors reflects the level of contribution each author has made. If, during the revision, the extent of contribution of the authors has changed, this change should reflect in the order of authors. Usually journals don’t have any issue in the number of co-authors or the sequence of the authors added in the paper. However, you should avoid changing the corresponding author unless needed. This will help avoid any unnecessary confusion as all the necessary email communications have already begun between the corresponding author and the editor of the journal. In case your paper has multiple co-authors, besides the cover letter, you might need the consent from these co-authors regarding the revised order of authors in the manuscript.
In case you need help with revising your manuscript and submitting it to a new journal, you can check with Enago’s Revised/ Rejected Paper Editing service which will be helpful to revise your manuscript according to the reviewer comments and submit to the same or new journal.