It’s very rare that you submit your manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal and don’t receive a request to revise it. Most journals ask to revise your submission at least three or four times before it’s finally accepted.
If that sounds cumbersome to you, this article is not for you.
Because receiving a request from the journal editors to revise your manuscript is far better than absolute rejection. It means that your idea, your research and your manuscript struck a chord in the reviewers’ minds. They understood the significance of your research, but want certain corrections before they can accept the manuscript completely.
So, how should you go about submitting your revised manuscript to the medical journal?
Nothing much! Just keep in mind the following rules to submit your revised manuscript.
1) Ask the following questions to the journal editor if their decision letter doesn’t clarify it:
- Whether to highlight the revisions in your submission.
- If yes, what will be the preferred mode of highlighting: change-tracking, yellow highlighting or colored text?
- Does the medical journal want you to submit two versions of the revised manuscript? One with the changes highlighted and a “clean” version?
2) Submit a response letter accompanying your revised manuscript. Follow these tips to write a good response letter.
- Start the letter by acknowledging the time and effort reviewers and editors have put into assessing the previous version of your manuscript.
- List each of the reviewers’ comments into your response letter followed by a comment. The comment should clearly state the way you addressed the issue in the revised manuscript. In simple terms, state what you have changed and where.
- If you choose not to change the manuscript in response to a particular suggestion from the reviewers, explain why.
Submitting a response letter along with the revised manuscript shows your consideration towards reviewer’s suggestion and that you took time to read their comments and improve your manuscript.
3) Don’t respond individually to each spelling or punctuation or similar trivial errors. A statement like “I corrected all the spelling and grammatical errors pointed out by the reviewers” is sufficient.
4) If English is not your first language and you hire a professional manuscript writing service to polish your writing, state this to the journal editors. This shows you’ve done what you can to minimize the language errors in the manuscript.
5) Finally, don’t conclude the response letter with an audacious quote like “I have made all the corrections requested by the reviewers and expect them to accept my manuscript without further ado!” It shows your disrespect towards the reviewers.
Wind up the letter by saying “I look forward to hearing from you in due time regarding my journal submission and to respond to any further questions and comments you may have.”
Last, but not the least, be open-minded and welcome the reviewers’ comments and suggestions on your manuscript. Don’t view them as your critique but supporters in the journey of medical manuscript writing and journal submission. Their valuable comments will also help you in writing your future research manuscripts. To improve your manuscript acceptance rate contact our journal publication support experts.