Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 17: Respond to me – please!
Dear Author, I am a busy person. My spouse and kids want my time. My university places ever greater teaching and service demands on me. I believe in our profession and that what we do matters. As such, I am active in the Academy, and I serve as an editor, on editorial review boards, and as an ad hoc reviewer. Amidst all of this, I keep an active portfolio of research projects and I work hard to keep these projects moving toward publication. It is in this context that I sat down one evening to read your paper and spent much of the following day writing comments that I thought you needed to hear if you are to bring your research to a successful outcome. Your action editor read my comments and those of the other reviewers and gave you an opportunity to have your successful outcome at this journal: congratulations to you, more work for me! When it came time for me to open your revised paper and response document, I did so with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the combined document is 90 pages – it’s going to be a long night! On the other hand, I am invested in your paper and eager to see where it is going. We reviewers are not all alike in how we approach a revision, but I think that many are like me in that we start with your response document.
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