What to do when you receive a revise & resubmit decision

quality controlIn 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.

Quotes regarding 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.

  1. Read the editor and reviewers’ feedback
  2. Develop a matrix to compile reviewers’ feedback
  3. Make a decision on whether to revise and resubmit
  4. 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.

The complete session recording is available in TAA’s Presentations on Demand library.


Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder is the Membership Marketing Manager for TAA. He has taught computer technology concepts to curriculum, continuing education, and corporate training students since 2001. A lifelong learner, teacher, and textbook author, Eric seeks to use technology in ways that improve results in his daily processes and in the lives of those he serves. His latest textbook, Web, Database, and Programming: A foundational approach to data-driven application development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and PHP, First Edition, is available now through Sentia Publishing.