Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 16: Selling your soul to the devil? Mistakes authors make when responding to reviewers
The academic publication process is not for the faint of heart. First, as authors, we all need to cope with rejection occasionally (read: all too often). If you are not used to receiving decision letters that begin with “thank you for your submission, however … ,” start steeling your nerves now. Second, many management scholars believe publishing involves unfair politics. We know that overcoming rejection and the perceptions of politics are part of the publication process, but more important than both is responding to reviewer/editor comments – here is how. If you are responding to editor and reviewer comments, congratulations! This is great news! It means that the door is still open for a possible publication. Even if the decision to allow a revision is “high risk” (most editors and associate editors use this phrase), I encourage all researchers to work hard at their revision. As Jim Carrey remarked in the classic film, Dumb and Dumber, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance … . Yeah!” First, it is a myth to believe you must agree with and make every suggested change made by reviewers. Often reviewers have excellent suggestions to help your research appeal to more scholars, to improve the rigor of your data analysis, to deepen your theoretical contributions, and so on. However, there are times when reviewers ask for changes that are simply not needed or that take away from the primary message of your research.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.