How to reply to peer review?

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How to reply to peer review comments when submitting papers for publication

The length of a response depends on the complexity of the question. I’ve edited two-page letters to reviewers, and I’ve edited 30-page letters. A letter to a reviewer should be as long as it needs to be to allow you to prove you’ve considered the criticism you received.

When you agree with a reviewer

This is the simplest case. Acknowledge your mistake and confirm you’ve corrected it.


When you disagree with a reviewer’s comment

Choose your words carefully when drafting your response. First, emphasize any part of the reviewer’s comment you agree with. Then explain why you chose not to make the change.


In sum, whether you agree or disagree with the reviewer, aim to prove that you understood their comments and took them seriously.


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