Responding to Peer Reviews during COVID-19

As many of us are unable to be in the lab, we are taking this opportunity to focus on other tasks, such as writing, reviewing, and planning. However, revising a manuscript has an added level of difficulty with our current limitations. A recent piece by Ye Zhou in Science highlights some of these difficulties with thought-provoking questions for the scientific community during these uncertain times.

Responding to Peer Reviews During COVID-19

Working from home: 10 ways to spend your time

Life has changed significantly in a short period of time. Many academics, including myself, have been asked to leave their labs and work from home. This can be difficult as it seems that progress has come to a halt. However, time away from the lab can be a good thing and allow for energy to be put into projects and tasks that have been pushed aside.

A recent post by Karin Bodewits in Science provides some great suggestions on how to spend time working from home.

10 ways to spend your time working from home

How to write a great rebuttal letter

Peer review is an important part of the scientific writing process. Before a manuscript is published, authors and reviewers are working as a team to craft the best possible manuscript to share with the scientific community. Most of the time, a manuscript needs to be revised at least once before it is ready for publication. Once an author has addressed reviewer comments and is ready to resubmit the manuscript for further review, a letter for the revised manuscript is sent to the editors with the author’s response to all reviewer comments. This is often referred to as the rebuttal letter.

The attached article, by Kakoli Majumder, provides detailed information on crafting an effective rebuttal letter.

How to write a great rebuttal letter