A Collaborative Approach to Manuscript Revisions and Responses to Reviewer Comments

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  • 1 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • | 2 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • | 3 University of South Florida
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While there are benefits to collaborative research, navigating group dynamics can also bring challenges, particularly for doctoral students and early career academics who are new to the research process. These dynamics extend beyond initial manuscript submission and include processes associated with interpreting reviewer comments, deciding upon and making revisions, and developing clear author response documents through the revision process. Herein, the authors overview one systematic and replicable approach to managing revisions. Steps include (a) read, set aside, and return to the reviewer comments; (b) document initial reactions to comments; (c) collectively review the comments and decide upon direction; (d) coordinate revisions to the manuscript; (e) craft final response statements; and (f) prepare a resubmission cover letter to the editor. Recommendations will be provided for approaching the revision, including how to revise the manuscript to highlight edits, and suggestions for tone and approach, particularly when disagreeing with a reviewer.

Richards is with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA. Hemphill is with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA. Flory is with the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.

Richards (karichar@illinois.edu) is corresponding author.
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