Advice on Resubmitting Your Revised Article to the Journal Editor

Advice on Resubmitting Your Revised Article to the Journal Editor
You will need to write another carefully worded letter to the editor when you have finished making your revisions and are ready to resubmit your paper. This time, however, you should explain exactly what you have done, which may differ somewhat (but ideally not too much) from what you were planning to do. It is unwise to assume that the editor will remember you, your paper or your planned revisions in detail or with complete clarity – many, many letters and articles cross a journal editor’s desk each week – but it is wise to assume that he or she can (and very likely will) return to your earlier letter to check what you have done against what you said you were going to do. Be sure to describe your solutions to all of the editor’s criticisms (a list is an effective and concise way in which to present this information) and provide clear and detailed explanations of your reasoning regarding any problems that you were unable to resolve – the problems, that is, that you forewarned the editor about in your initial reply.

If you discovered during the revision process that you were in fact able to make some changes that you had initially thought impossible, do highlight them in this second letter. If, on the other hand, you discovered that you simply could not resolve the problems that you had said you would be able to resolve in your initial reply, you will need to explain why with special care and keen awareness of the fact that such differences may well be unwelcome and could change the agreement that you have made with the editor. It is also a good idea to make it clear that you are more than willing to consider further revisions if they prove necessary. Your letter and resubmission should be sent to the editor well within the deadline, and if you have had the article proofread by a professional proofreading service, you should inform the editor of that fact – PRS, for instance, can provide you with a certificate confirming that your revised paper has been professionally proofread.
PhD ThesisEditing Services
We provide a sample letter in Word format at, 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 we offer the highest quality journal article editing, phd thesis editing and proofreading services via our large and extremely dedicated team of academic and scientific professionals. All of our proofreaders are native speakers of English who have earned their own postgraduate degrees, and their areas of specialisation cover such a wide range of disciplines that we are able to help our international clientele with research editing to improve and perfect all kinds of academic manuscripts for successful publication. Many of the carefully trained members of our expert editing and proofreading team work predominantly on articles intended for publication in scholarly journals, applying painstaking journal editing standards to ensure that the references and formatting used in each paper are in conformity with the journal’s instructions for authors and to correct any grammar, spelling, punctuation or simple typing errors. In this way, we enable our clients to report their research in the clear and accurate ways required to impress acquisitions proofreaders and achieve publication.

Our scientific proofreading services for the authors of a wide variety of scientific journal papers are especially popular, but we also offer manuscript proofreading services and have the experience and expertise to proofread and edit manuscripts in all scholarly disciplines, as well as beyond them. We have team members who specialise in medical proofreading services, and some of our experts dedicate their time exclusively to PhD proofreading and master’s proofreading, offering research students the opportunity to improve their use of formatting and language through the most exacting PhD thesis editing and dissertation proofreading practices. Whether you are preparing a conference paper for presentation, polishing a progress report to share with colleagues, or facing the daunting task of editing and perfecting any kind of scholarly document for publication, a qualified member of our professional team can provide invaluable assistance and give you greater confidence in your written work.

If you are in the process of preparing an article for an academic or scientific journal, or planning one for the near future, you may well be interested in a new book, Guide to Journal Publication, which is available on our Tips and Advice on Publishing Research in Journals website.

topbanner errow