What to do when you receive a revise & resubmit decision
In her recent webinar, “An Editor’s View From Journal Article Submission to Publication”, Micki M. Caskey discussed the aspects of a Revise & Resubmit (R&R) decision from a publisher and what authors should do in response to such a decision.
First, she says, “celebrate the decision”. Then, respond to the reviewer feedback.
Celebrate the decision
Before addressing the feedback associated with the decision, Caskey suggests celebrating the win that an R&R response represents. She notes that this response “means that the reviewers and journal editors liked your work. It just needs revision.”
Caskey then shares two quotes supporting the positive nature and importance of an R&R decision.
With a celebratory mindset, you can now address and respond to reviewer feedback.
Respond to reviewer feedback
Caskey suggests a four-step approach to addressing and responding to an R&R decision from a publisher.
- Read the editor and reviewers’ feedback
- Develop a matrix to compile reviewers’ feedback
- Make a decision on whether to revise and resubmit
- Communicate your decision with the journal editor
Keep in mind that a R&R response is not a “no”. In fact, it is quite the opposite. It is an expression of interest in what you have to offer – with a little refinement necessary for publication.