Peer review process

Template for Responding to Peer Reviewer Comments

If you have an academic career, you already know that those venturing into the world of academic publishing will encounter the complex peer review process.  

This is the stage where it can shape their destinies and determine their chances of reaching the coveted publication stage.

 Now, consider that you have received the peer reviewers’ comments, and now it is your turn to respond and defend or agree with them. A template for responding to peer reviewer comments is one of the best things to help you.

 You can find two of the fullest templates to respond to peer reviewer comments. Let’s start the process.

Templates to Respond to the Peer Reviewer Comments: Brief & Detailed

Before beginning, let’s talk about what types of responses we have for the peer reviewer!

 There are two main types of responses to peer reviewer comments:

 Point-by-point Response (Detailed): This type of Response, which you can read about on our previous blog pages, addresses each reviewer’s comment individually and systematically. It is the most common type of Response and is typically used when there are multiple reviewer comments to address.

 Overall Response (Brief):
This type of Response summarizes the main points of the reviewer’s feedback and provides a general overview of the changes made to the manuscript.

 It is better to use only a few key reviewer comments or when the reviewer feedback is relatively minor.

 While the feedback received from reviewers serves as an invaluable compass for improvement, it can sometimes appear as an enigmatic code to read!

Now let us provide you with 2 comprehensive templates for each Response to peer reviewer comments.

Template for Responding to Peer Reviewer Comments
Template for Responding to Peer Reviewer Comments

A Brief Template for Responding to Peer Reviewer Comments

You have to begin with writing an introduction.

 Step 1: Introduction

We (if you have worked alone, you can use the first-person point of view) would like to express our sincere gratitude to the reviewers for their careful consideration of our manuscript and for providing valuable feedback. We have carefully reviewed the comments and suggestions provided by the reviewers and have made significant revisions to the manuscript in Response to their feedback.

Step 2: Overall Summary of Revisions

In summary, we have made the following revisions to the manuscript in Response to the reviewer’s feedback:

 [List of specific revisions made to the manuscript, including page numbers]

Specific Responses to Reviewer Comments

 Reviewer 1:

[Quote the reviewer’s comment verbatim] [Response to the reviewer’s comment] [Justification for the revision] [Examples to support the Response] [Limitations acknowledged and future work plans] [Rebuttal to the reviewer’s concerns, if applicable] [Acknowledgment of the reviewer’s feedback] [Page number references]

 Repeat the process for each reviewer’s comment.

Step 3: Write an Overall Conclusion

We are confident that the revisions we have made to the manuscript have significantly improved the quality of the work. The revised manuscript is now ready for publication in [journal name]. We would again like to thank the reviewers for their valuable feedback.

Step 4: Additional Notes

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the revisions.

We have attached the revised manuscript for your reference.

Step 5: Conclusion

Thank you for your time and consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


[Your Name]

A Detailed Template to Respond to Peer Reviewer Comments (Point by Point)

Start with Reviewer 1:

 Step 1: Comment

[Quote the reviewer’s comment verbatim.

Step 2: Response

[Provide a clear and concise response to the reviewer’s comment.]

Step 3: Justification

[Explain the rationale behind your revisions.

Step 4: Examples

[Provide specific examples to support your responses.]

Step 5: Limitations

[If the reviewer identified limitations, acknowledge them and explain how you have addressed them or plan to address them in future work.]

Step 6: Rebuttal

[If you DISAGREE with the reviewer’s concerns, explain your reasoning respectfully.]

Step 7: Acknowledgment

[Thank the reviewer for their feedback.]

Step 8: Page Number References

[Provide page number references for any changes you have made to the manuscript.]

Continue with Reviewer 2:

Continue for each reviewer until step 8, and then:

Step 9: Overall Response

[Summarize the main points of the reviewer feedback and provide a general overview of the changes made to the manuscript.]

Step 10: Conclusion

[Express gratitude to the reviewers and editors for their time and feedback.]

This template can be a starting point for writing your point-by-point responses to peer reviewer ideas. Be sure to adapt it to fit the feedback you receive from the reviewers.

Read More: Point By Point Response to Reviewers


Please write the most accurate Response to peer reviewers’ comments and make them accept your article to publish without further editing.

These are the best templates for briefly responding to peer reviewer comments and point-by-point.

You can ask us in the comments if you encounter any issues while writing your Response to the peer reviewer.

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