How do I respond to the reviewers?
Should you respond to reviews of your research paper?
- Responding to reviewers can seem like a chore, as nobody likes their work to be criticized. But if you see the reviewers’ comments as an opportunity to improve your research paper and get credit for it, responding to reviews will feel less burdensome.
- Some authors use different fonts and colours to distinguish reviewer comments from author responses and changes, but do be aware that these features can be lost in online formats, so a Word document or pdf file would be a more reliable choice for such formatting.
Are reviewer comments helpful or harmful?
- Most reviewers are helpful and offer constructive criticism, but they don’t waste much ink praising the manuscript. While a helpful review summarizes the major positives and details the negatives of a manuscript, in general, most reviewer comments are negative. Or, you’ll perceive them as negative.
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