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I recently submitted a manuscript, and the referee's response is that I did not discuss one aspect of the theory I am interested in. This is true, because I am new to this topic, so I missed that aspect.

I am wondering if I can ask the referee for help point out some references or even discuss with him/her. Is it OK?

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I see no problem with asking the referee (via the editor) for relevant references. The referee is under no obligation to reply, but I don't think it's wrong to ask. But I don't think you should ask to communicate directly with the referee.

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  • @Drake The referees must remain anonymous to the author. The editor will not give their contacts at all. Try what Andreas said. – The Doctor Dec 29 '17 at 16:01
  • @TheDoctor Thank you guys very much! I will contact the referee via the editor. – Drake Marquis Dec 30 '17 at 2:04

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