Responding to Reviewers’ Comments

WebinarDate: Tuesday, November 19, 1-2 pm ET
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Presenter: Mark Pedretti, Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, Claremont Graduate University

Mark PedrettiWhether submitting journal articles or book manuscripts, academic authors can expect their work to be anonymously reviewed by expert peers. Sometimes helpful, sometimes infuriating, reviewers’ comments can make or break a publication; a negative review can bring your piece to a screeching halt. This webinar will discuss strategies for engaging with reviewer’s comments — both positive and negative. We will explore ways to figure out the importance placed upon comments in a given publishing context, the relationship between editor and reviewer, and whether comments are in fact “make or break.” We will talk about strategies for documenting responses to suggestions, and how to politely decline to make changes that are off base. Our goal will be to equip webinar participants with a set of tools for navigating the unspoken rules of the review process.

Mark Pedretti is the Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Claremont Graduate University, where he teaches courses and conducts faculty development on writing in the disciplines. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously published in Composition Studies and Studies in the Novel.

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