ChemistryViews‘ series on submitting manuscripts continues with “After Submission and Handling Referee Comments: Manuscript Accepted or Revision Requested.”
In this post, Richard Threlfall writes about how to revise your manuscript after receiving reviewers’ comments. This task can be the most difficult but considering suggestions from reviewers and “referees” is important for the publishing process.
Here are some of Threlfall’s major points to consider:
- Think about the reviewer’s comments in their broadest sense and try not to just alter the few things that they might have specifically mentioned.
- If you believe that a suggestion is unreasonable or is not scientifically accurate, then say so.
- Electronically highlight all the changes that you.
- Thoroughly describe all the changes in a cover letter.
Threlfall states, “Marking the changes and explaining them clearly in your letter shows you are genuinely interested in improving your work and not trying to do just the minimum to get it published.”
Above all, it is important to examine a reviewer’s recommendations and address them as impartially as possible.
If you are interested in ways to improve your writing, you may be interested in this webinar based on 14 Tips for Writing Better Science Papers. From the team at ChemistryViews, the program will be all how to write high-impact research papers.
Presenters Dr. Richard Threlfall (managing editor of Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry and author of the above mentioned writing series) and Vera Koester (of Chemistry Views) will focus on:
- How to prepare a cover letter
- How important the title of a paper can be
- How to write a concise abstract
- How to prepare graphics
The webinar will take place on November 7th (10 am GMT/ 11 am CET/7pm JST). The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Registration is now open. You can learn more by clicking here.
In the US, a federal judge in the District Court of Manhattan ruled in the eBook pricing case of United States vs. Apple Inc., et al. The decision, ruled against Apple, said that Apple worked with the 5 major publishers to raise the price of ebooks, thus violating anti-trust laws. Specifically, Apple aimed to undercut Amazon’s ebook market share by creating a pricing scheme that would force Amazon to raise its ebook pricing structure above $9.99 (as reported in Reuters).
Here at the blog, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking on how to talk about this issue.
With the popularity of ebooks, it is likely that changes will be afoot. These changes may affect everything from the speed at which manuscripts are processed, the types of manuscripts that are accepted, and the advances that authors receive.
Many experts believe that publishing companies will also choose to merge, as Random House and Penguin did. Others believe there also may be increased self-publishing. As an editorial in The Nation pointed out, ebooks aim to democratize the reading and publishing process. More people will have access to ebooks due to lower price points and increased format options.
The Scholarly Kitchen addressed the issue, pointing out that the ruling represents how ebooks are a larger part of the market and there is a push to protect consumers.
We’ve love to hear what you think of this ruling, as both authors and readers.
Do you think it will change the way you present your work and consume publications?