I had a mistake in my paper and I had a duplicated paragraph in my paper. Now, reviewer told me that it is duplicated and ask me for a description for the problem.

I have deleted the paragraph but I don't know what to say in the response letter about the comment?

May you please tell me that what is a good sense response to tell to the reviewer about the paragraph. I think that it is not good to say that it was just a mistake.

Thank you

  • Was it just a mistake? In the future you should take one last moment to read through the paper before submitting... – Jon Custer Apr 27 '18 at 13:48
  • @JonCuster Sure, as I told, it was just a mistake. Now, what do you think about the response to the reviewer? – Ali Apr 27 '18 at 13:50
  • If it was an oversight, just indicate that you have deleted the repeated paragraph. Simple and direct. – Jon Custer Apr 27 '18 at 13:53

Say that it was a mistake and the extra paragraph was removed in the revised version.

I can not see the need for going further in this issue. You should be pragmatic, I bet that there are several important points to address in your revision and this is not one of them.

  • Sure, there is some other comments that I am responding to them. But because I need a good response letter, I asked this question. – Ali Apr 27 '18 at 14:11
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    Sometimes the best response is the shortest. :) – The Doctor Apr 27 '18 at 15:05
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    Agree. In particular, you should probably go point-by-point through the original notes, inserting your responses to each. Some of your responses will be long and technical; it's quite refreshing if there are also some that are exceptionally short (my favorites are "Done!" or "Fixed!"). – cag51 Apr 28 '18 at 17:34

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