How to Handle Revise and Resubmit Requests

  • Robert MacIntosh

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A career advice column for Times Higher Education

Period1 Feb 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleHow to Handle Revise and Resubmit Requests
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletTimes Higher Education
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Size800 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionPublishing well is key to a successful research career yet, like many aspects of modern academic life, it is an activity that has intensified and industrialised over recent decades. The editors of top-ranked journals face a deluge of new submissions whilst struggling to convince their colleagues to take on reviewing work and to do so in a timely fashion. Rejection rates have soared and surviving 3 or 4 rounds of the revise and resubmit cycle is an exercise in creativity and persistence. The attitude of aspiring authors in the context might best be summarised by Baumeister’s observation that “in view of the misanthropic psychopaths you have on your editorial board, you need to keep sending them papers, for if they weren't reviewing manuscripts they'd probably be out mugging old ladies or clubbing baby seals to death."
    The article offers some advice on how to survive and thrive in the land of revise and resubmit.
    Producer/AuthorRobert MacIntosh
    PersonsRobert MacIntosh