How to respond to reviewer comments

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Yang Gan

About this talk

Revising your paper as per reviewer comments is one of the best opportunities to improve it for final acceptance. Moreover, responding professionally to reviewer comments is a rewarding experience as you get a chance to interact with your peer reviewers. Developing skills in responding professionally to reviewer comments would avoid multiple rounds of revisions and even rejection, thus saving you months of time. This webinar, conducted by an experienced scholar who is an editor and a reviewer for international journals, provides a practical guide to responding to reviewer comments. Who is this for? Both beginners and intermediate level authors who find it difficult to respond professionally to reviewers’ comments will benefit from this session. Having a science & technology background will be helpful. Why should you attend? Yang Gan the conductor of this session said “As I often say to bewildered students and junior colleagues who come to me for tips on manuscript revision: Try to communicate in words with peer reviewers in a professional, effective and relaxed way as if you are talking over the desk about an academic question. “The session will help you develop practical skills in responding to reviewer comments, and the important aspects that will be covered include: •How to read the decision letter and reviewer comments? How to uncover the true meaning of sometimes ambiguous comments? •How to professionally format the rebuttal letter (response letter)? •What are some of the most common comments authors receive about the novelty, citations, background, methods, or discussion sections of their paper? •How to acknowledge positive comments? And how to manage negative comments? •How to state politely “Mr. Reviewer A, unfortunately you are absolutely wrong!” if it is fully justified? •How to respond to reviewers’ demands for more results or experiments? •How to deal with biased reviewers?

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