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I don't think it's worth anyone's time in this scenario. The referees won't reject it based on two paragraphs; they'll just note that the argument there could be clearer. Even if the paper is accepted outright, you'll have the chance to fix those paragraphs.


This isn't directly an answer to the question, but exactly for this reason, I have a policy of never sending something out until I've sat on it for a week.

It's amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can see.

Marcus Arvan

Postdoc: sitting things on a week is a good policy. But still, for all that, my experience is that no matter how long one sits on something, one still nearly always finds things to quibble with post-submission. This, it seems to me, is just the way of things. No paper is ever perfect, and it's easy to fixate on things post-submission, no matter how much time or care one has taken. That's my experience, at any rate.


I have never done what OP is suggesting. And I agree it wouldn't be worth the energies of all involved--and might piss someone off!

In the past, I have had a revise-and-resubmit paper get accepted where one of the reviewers just noted that the added prose was slightly inferior to the original prose. That observation didn't get in the way of the paper getting accepted. And I was able to improve the added prose before final submission.

one referee

It is a very bad idea to contact the editor after you have resubmitted your revised manuscript. I usually refer a paper within three days of agreeing to do it. This would effectively render my assessment irrelevant. And there is NO WAY I would review a manuscript again, after I have submitted my evaluation.

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