Thursday, September 21, 2006

On manuscript revision.

I'm not sure what it says about me that one of the things I have really come to enjoy is submitting manuscripts for publication and then responding to the reviewers with remarks and revision.

It's like a game, somehow. The manuscript revision process is very tactical and strategic and I like that (as opposed to the proposal review process, which still seems capricious and wholely un-strategic). I make a move, the reviewers make a move, I make a countermove in response. Sometimes when a paper goes through the review process relatively unscathed, a feel a little guilty or let down, as if I have won the game because my partner/opponent was incapacitated somehow (um, but I still celebrate the win, and it still goes right into my career stats).

1 comment:

Ms.PhD said...

I hope someday I will learn to enjoy it. But I know what you mean- because you can have a kind of dialogue with reviewers of manuscripts, it's a bit different than reviews of grants, for which you have basically no recourse whatsoever.