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Responding to peer reviewer comments

How to increase your chances of acceptance after peer review

Most often, we talk about journal decisions in binary terms, i.e., journal acceptance and journal rejection. But there is an important and commonly occurring scenario between the two – when journals ask you to revise and resubmit your paper. “Revise and resubmit” is a journal decision that makes many authors nervous because they are not sure about what revisions they should accept and how many changes they can make. The video lectures in this course will help you understand what this decision means and will show you the best way to approach this decision. They will also help you understand exactly what the journal editor and reviewer are trying to say so that you can elevate the quality of your manuscript by making relevant and appropriate revisions to your paper.

By the time you finish viewing these video lectures you will be able to:

  • Approach peer review comments more confidently
  • Identify what journal editors and reviewers actually want you to do
  • Know exactly how to respond to or incorporate each reviewer comment
  • Fix every major problem in your paper
  • Reply to the peer reviewers and journal editors in the most effective way
  • Improve your chances of acceptance

We have also thrown in some interactive exercises and quizzes to enable you to test your understanding of the lectures. You can always share your comments or queries with us by leaving your comments in the course, or by writing to us at [email protected].

Note: This is a video-based course. So make sure you are in a quiet place or have your headphone on so that you can listen to the priceless tips Prof. Caven is about to share.

Who is the instructor?

Jayashree Rajagopalan

The course has been facilitated and curated by Jayashree Rajagopalan, Senior Writer and Editor at Editage Insights. Jayashree is passionate about scholarly publishing and about helping researchers communicate their discoveries to the world. She has developed informative and educational videos, Infographics, puzzles, SlideShare presentations, and learning resources (like this course) on various aspects of academic research and publishing. She also interviews experienced researchers and publishing professionals to help researchers access various perspectives about scholarly publishing as well as writes about various aspects of academic research and publishing. Her experience as an academic editor at Editage led her to develop a first-hand understanding of the publication needs of and challenges faced by authors. And the experience of working on her own research during my postgraduate degree gave her a taste of a researcher’s life and struggles.

Jayashree has earned two Master’s Degrees, one in English Literature from Mumbai University, India, and another in Children’s Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Who is in the videos?

Prof. Caven Mcloughlin

Prof. Caven Mcloughlin, PhD, is Professor at Kent State University, Ohio, USA. A qualified school psychologist, Prof. Mcloughlin works at Ohio’s largest school psychology preparation program and instructs students in early childhood school psychology. He has been a special education classroom teacher and administrator as well as a school counselor. For over 25 years, he has been conducting federally funded training programs for interdisciplinary leadership personnel who work with toddlers, infants, and newborns. Prof. Mcloughlin is also a Fulbright Specialist, and travels to different parts of the world to conduct informative and instructive workshops on academic publishing. He is a prolific researcher and has published over 100 research papers and chapters as well as written, edited, or contributed to 10 books. He is the Editor of the Sage journal School Psychology International.

Prof. Mcloughlin has also contributed to the advanced learning track of the Editage Insights training course on peer reviewing, where he instructs new and experienced reviewers about the best way to review the methodology in a scientific manuscript. You might also be interested in reading his interview with Editage Insights where he shares timeless tips for researchers.


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