Responding to Letters from Editors – Negotiating Conditional Reconsideration or Acceptance

Responding to Letters from Editors – Negotiating Conditional Reconsideration or Acceptance
If after submitting a paper you have been lucky enough to receive unconditional acceptance or unfortunate enough to receive a definite rejection, the path ahead is usually straightforward – comply with the journal’s needs and procedures in the first case and move on to another journal in the second.
Increase Your Chances of Getting Published
Negotiating Conditional Reconsideration or Acceptance
If the letter you have received in response to an article submission indicates or itemises problems with your paper, it may not be the news you were hoping for, but it is a good sign – the editor would very likely not have provided such details unless he or she thought the article interesting and valuable. Such a letter lies somewhere between acceptance and rejection, which makes it a potentially positive response, but also a challenge to deal with. It may be that the letter actually specifies that the paper will be accepted or reconsidered if the problems identified are resolved, usually within a certain period of time. In this case, you will need to decide whether the changes the editor has requested are appropriate for your work.

Whatever the problems might be, the editor’s requests will need to be considered carefully, ideally along with your own critical review of the article, and difficult questions about what to change and what not to change will probably need to be answered.

Once you have decided how to proceed, you will need to reply to the editor and explain your plans. You should begin by thanking him or her for the helpful criticism and making it clear that you understand the problems specified. If you have decided to make all the changes requested, you should explain what you plan to do to resolve each of the problems and assure the editor that you will be able to complete the revisions within the period of time indicated; if no time limit has been given, suggest one yourself (two to four weeks, for instance, would be both efficient and reasonable).

If the letter you have received outlines a number of problems but the editor does not explicitly say that your paper would be reconsidered or accepted if those problems were resolved, it would be advisable to determine that your efforts will in fact result in serious reconsideration before you go ahead with the changes and resubmission.

We provide a sample letter in Word format at http://bit.ly/1CBxf22, which will give you ideas about the format and help you word your own reply to the journal editor.

Why Our Editing and Proofreading Services?
At Proof-Reading-Service.com we pride ourselves on our large and extremely dedicated team of academic and scientific professionals. Our proofreaders and editors are highly educated native speakers of English and their areas of specialisation range so widely that we are able to help our clients improve and perfect all kinds of research manuscripts for successful publication. Many members of our team work predominantly on articles intended for publication in scholarly journals, ensuring that formatting and references conform to author guidelines with precision and correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling and simple typing errors so that our customers are able to report their research in the clear and accurate ways required to impress acquisitions editors and earn publication.

Our editing services for authors of scientific papers and books are especially popular, but we have the experience and expertise to proofread and edit books in every scholarly discipline as well as beyond them, and some of our carefully trained proofreaders and editors work exclusively on helping students improve the formatting and language of their theses and dissertations. Whether you are preparing a conference paper for presentation or publicationpolishing a professional report to share with your colleagues, or tackling the daunting task of editing and perfecting any kind of academic or scientific document, a qualified member of our expert team can provide invaluable assistance and give you greater confidence in your written work. Our translation services for scientific and academic documents have also proven immensely helpful for many of our international clients.



topbanner errow