Q: Will my paper be accepted if I make the revisions suggested?
I have sent a paper for publication in Springer. They sent me an e mail saying "Reviews have been received on your manuscript listed above which you submitted to the journal. The comments of the reviewers are included at the bottom of this email. If you are prepared to undertake the work required, we would be pleased to evaluate your revised paper." Then when I read the reviewer's comments listed below they say "Your manuscript needs some revisions before it can be sent to the reviewers." I am confused because they first say "Reviews have been received on your manuscript" and then they say "Your manuscript needs some revisions before it can be sent to the reviewers." What do they mean by this?
The email that you have received from the journal clearly indicates that the journal is willing to consider your revised manuscript. This is very similar to a request to revise and resubmit your paper. However, you cannot be sure that your paper will get accepted even if you make the suggested changes. One thing that is clear is that the journal is interested in your manuscript.
The reviewers' comment that "your manuscript needs some revisions before it can be sent to the reviewers" means that once you submit the revised paper, it will be sent out for another round of review. To clarify further, your paper has been reviewed once and the reviewer comments have been sent to you. If you make the suggested changes and resubmit your manuscript, it will go through another round of review. This is the usual procedure for most journals.
I would suggest you to go through the reviewer comments carefully, make the necessary changes to the best of your ability, and submit the revised manuscript to the same journal. Make sure you include a response letter or rebuttal letter giving point-by-point responses to the reviewer comments.