For our January meeting we were pleased to welcome Dr Carolyn Tarrant from the University of Leicester. Carolyn is Associate Professor in Health Psychology, and a member of the SAPPHIRE research group within the Department of Health Sciences.
Here is the third post about the meeting. Here are Carolyn’s slides.
How do you respond to reviewers?
Consider creating a table, so you can give your responses in a structured way and demonstrate clearly that you have addressed each concern. Explain what you have added or taken away from your draft.
You can consider a “rebuttal” if you feel that you have already addressed the reviewer’s concern, or that the concern is in some way not valid. You must, of course, justify your arguments and not just dismiss the concern!
Your revised draft will be sent for review again, and you may get further comments from reviewers.
The editor, or associate editor, can at any point in the submission process, reject your paper.
If your paper has many co-authors, make sure you know whose responsibility it is make sure that reviewers’ comments are addressed, and who it is that will send those comments back.
We are grateful to Carolyn for coming to speak at the Writing Club.