Answered By: Kelsey Hensler
Last Updated: May 03, 2024     Views: 49

  • The first page of the response should look something like this:


    Editor Name Lastname, Degree
    Editor in Chief
    Journal Name
    Re: Paper [Journal’s tracking number: “Title”]

    Dear Dr. Lastname,

    On behalf of my co-authors, I thank you for the opportunity to revise and resubmit our paper “Title” (manuscript 1286). [Refer to the manuscript by the number the journal assigned it.] We appreciate the helpful comments from you and the reviewers. We have carefully revised the paper in response. We have addressed all of the comments from you and the reviewers, as detailed on the following pages.

    We hereby affirm that [statements of compliance with journal requirements].

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We thank you again for the opportunity to revise and resubmit our paper, which we hope is now acceptable for publication in Journal.

    Best regards,
    Author


  • After the cover letter, beginning on the second page, respond point by point to the reviewers’ and editor’s comments. The comments and responses can be formatted however you see fit. Some authors preface each comment with “Comment” and each response with “Response”; other authors avoid these labels and instead use text formatting and paragraph indentation to distinguish comments from responses. Whatever formatting you choose should be consistent throughout the letter. Often the comments and responses are formatted like this:


    Comment 1: “The authors should reference the recent review article on this topic published by Smith et al.”
    Response: We have added a reference to the Smith et al article in the Discussion section (page 12, line 2).
    Comment 2: Request for additional studies in a different cell line.
    Response: We conducted additional experiments in MDA-MB-435 cells. The results, which are presented in Supplementary Data, Table S1, were similar to those obtained in our initial studies.
     

  • When multiple reviewers have commented on an article, which is usually the case, the typical approach is to address all of reviewer 1’s comments, then all of reviewer 2’s comments, etc. However, other approaches can also work well. For example, if several reviewers have raised the same major issues, those major issues might be addressed up front before the other comments of individual reviewers are addressed, like this:


    Major Issues
    Major Issue 1, Response 1, Major Issue 2, Response 2
    Other Issues
    Reviewer 1
    Comment 1, Response 1, Comment 2, Response 2, Comment 3, Response 3....
    Reviewer 2
    Comment 1, Response 1, Comment 2, Response 2, Comment 3, Response 3....

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