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«Received reviews for a manuscript I've submitted»

I have just received reviews for a manuscript I have submitted. I have a whole mix of emotions. I am angry, I feel that many of the comments are stupid and unqualified and – on top of everything else – there are so many comments that I do not even know where to start.

If you have been given the opportunity to revise your paper you have every reason to celebrate. You have a foot in the door. Whether you can convert this opportunity into a publication depends entirely on you and how you will respond to the reviewers. My recommendation would be to set the reviews aside for a few days so you can calm down. Then, emotions aside, work carefully through all comments and determine which of the comments you can address. Address all the comments you can address without compromising your research integrity. You will find that acting upon many of these recommendations will actually improve your manuscript, which is the most important outcome of this process. After you have modified the manuscript, make sure you take the time to respond respectfully and in detail to the reviewer explaining what you have changed and why. If there is a recommendation which is not feasible or you totally disagree with, express this respectfully and explain your decision to not act upon it. My responses to reviewers are often 15 pages long, almost as long as the manuscript. The review process is a scholarly discourse. Harvest it as best you can to improve your manuscript. Even if this journal ends up rejecting it, you will have a better manuscript ready for submission to another journal. 

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