Skills Earth Sciences

Incorporating feedback

Often you will receive feedback from peers or supervisors in the form of track changes and comments. Be aware that reviewers always make suggestions to your text, not final decisions. It is up to you to accept or reject them16. Moreover, you can learn a lot from track changes and comments, especially when they are made by someone with more research or writing experience than yourself. Therefore, always go over each suggested edit and check if you understand why it was made, and if you agree with it before accepting.

Sometimes, you will be expected to respond to reviewer’s comments. Do so respectfully and constructively and explain with clear arguments what you have changed and, if applicable, why you disagree with them and chose not to follow their suggestions.