An author’s need for language support doesn’t end with manuscript
submission. Except for rare occasions on which a journal accepts an article
“as is”, the reviewers return their evaluations and the editor
requests revision or rejects the manuscript. In either case, the author’s
understanding of and response to their comments is decisive for subsequent
stages of the peer review process.
What do editors and referees say? What do they mean? How should the author
respond? While the answers may seem obvious to veterans, these questions
can pose difficulties for novice authors, especially those whose first
language is not English, as well as for their editors/translators.
The presentation will address ways to help authors learn to analyze and
interpret referees’ reports, to identify constructive criticism,
to determine an appropriate response, and to compose a considered point-by-point
reply to the reviewers’ comments. We will also discuss letters of
appeal, when the author believes that rejection is due to misinterpretation
Mark, authors’ editor and translator, Department of
Immunology & Oncology, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología/CSIC,
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.