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Responding to reviewers' comments as part of writing for publication

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Brenda Happell
Aims: The aim of this paper is to provide a resource for authors to help them in getting their work published. The focus is on dealing with, and responding to, the comments of reviewers. Background: The importance to research of nurses writing for publication is widely acknowledged. However, a number of significant barriers to nurses actively engaging in this form of dissemination has been identified. Ways in which nurses can avoid the pitfalls that would make their manuscripts more likely to be rejected have been the subjects of published articles. Significantly less attention has been devoted to providing authors with methods to assist them in responding when their manuscripts are rejected or major revisions are requested. Discussion: This article provides a brief overview of the process of editorial review. It offers a practical but structured approach to responding to reviewers’ comments when undertaking major revisions and to preparing a rejected manuscript for resubmission to another journal. Conclusion: Authors frequently respond negatively to reviewers’ comments and this may result in their being dissuaded from writing for publication. A structured approach to dealing with reviewers’comments may help nurses in making the requested revisions and increase their chances of publication. Implications for research: The publication of research findings and other scholarly work are important for the professional advancement of nursing. Strategies to overcome the barriers to writing for publication are essential to achieving this goal. Helping authors to respond positively to reviewer critique and to make the necessary changes are important steps in this process.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

18

Issue

4

Start Page

23

End Page

27

Number of Pages

5

ISSN

1351-5578

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

RCN Publishing

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Nurse researcher.

Exports

CQUniversity

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