I’ve been working on responding to reviews of the last paper submitted from my postdoc work. This process is never fun, and this one is especially tough because I haven’t thought much about this project since I submitted the paper a couple of months ago. I’d much rather be working on this blog, and I have a long list of cool sciency parenting topics that I can’t wait to tackle, but I’m trying to find the discipline to spend a few hours a day revising this paper. And a few hours a day is all I have at the moment. It is a pain, but I need to get it done and get it done well.
On the other hand, I’m trying to appreciate that this peer review process serves a vital purpose, and my paper will be better for it by the time it is published. It isn’t a perfect system, but it certainly goes a long way towards ensuring that scientific data are published with integrity. If you aren’t familiar with this process, here it is in a nutshell: Read more