evising Your Paper
What should you do if IREF advises you to revise and resubmit your paper?
These suggestions will help you expedite the editorial process.
- Note that there is a time limit for resubmission, 1 year
from the date of the invitation letter. A paper that
is resubmitted after the deadline will be automatically
- Remember that this invitation is made on the basis of reports by some
referees who had good first impressions about your
paper. Do not wait until that positive aura vanishes.
- If you do not intend to revise and resubmit the paper for
whatever reason, let the editorial office know of your
intention (via email).
- If you have an important question concerning a planned
course of revision, you can email the editorial
office (always mention the manuscript number). The editorial office may transmit the
to the referees, provided that they can be contacted by
email. However, the questions must be brief - requiring short
answers like yes, no, or where (e.g. references) - and should
not be used to challenge the view of the referees. This service
would be especially useful when
you disagree with the referees and are contemplating a different course of revision.
- Remember that for all practical purposes this is your last
to revise the paper for publication in IREF. The probability that you will make it is about
Sloppy, rough revisions will surely result in rejection. The editorial
office will not continue to provide mediation between the
referees and authors because there are other papers demanding attention.
In the first round, papers that are not
accepted fall into two categories: they are either rejected or accorded
a chance to revise.
In the second round, papers that are not in publishable shape
are simply rejected, rather than receiving a chance for another revision.
- You received an invitation to revise the paper because
it might contain a publishable idea. However, no papers will
be accepted unless they are presentable and polished enough
- When you submit a revised paper, also include the following:
- Your cover letter which briefly explains what you did.
The cover page should contain complete correspondence
information about the author: (i)address, (ii) telephone and
fax numbers, and (iii) email address. This enables the editorial
office to contact you quickly should the need arise.
- Prepare a package ready to be mailed to each referee. This would include:
- Copies of the referee reports. (The referee might have
lost the files that contain the Reports or might not remember
even vaguely what s/he asked you to do. Copies of the reports
help the referee remember what s/he said about your paper.
Accordingly, the referee cannot deviate much from his/her
earlier report. The editorial office also has copies, but it
is your responsibility to provide the copies of the reports.
- Your responses to individual referee reports. Explain
what you did or did not do in response to the comments. You need
to respond to every comment made by the referee.
- The cover page of the revised papers should include the
current date (or month and year) of revision; you do not want
the office to send an old version to the referees by mistake.
- If there were any complaints about the writing style,
try to get some editorial assistance. In
particular, if you are not a native of an English-speaking
country, you might consider getting professional editorial assistance.
Remember that many papers are rejected because of writing style problems.
- Eliminate typographical errors in the cover page and
the abstract. This is an absolute minimum courtesy.
- Last, but not least, make sure that there are no pages missing
in any of the three copies.