12 Responding to referees
These quotations are extracts from the referees’ reports. Which referee do you imagine I found most useful when asked by the editor to consider them all when making a resubmission? Answer: Referee 2. Referee 1 was complimentary, but did not require much. The report contained only three sentences and was rather cursory. Referee 2 wrote two pages of useful suggestions and I was able to use most of these to improve the paper. Referee 3 wrote at length but required a completely different approach to the topic so that there was not much I could do to meet these criticisms.