We are writing a dedication in the form of an epilogue to honour our colleagues who recently passed away. Both colleagues have substantially changed our field and we believe they deserve to be honoured in a paper that will be published soon so that the next generation could read it and will always remember them. However, one reviewer wants to remove it and placed in the 'acknowledgement' section. Any advice?

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    Can you explain why you don't want to put it in the acknowledgment section? An "epilogue" section does seem strange in this context (it would make more sense if you reprinted a classic paper and added an epilogue to explain what happened since its publication). Are you open to finding a new title for this section?
    – cag51
    Mar 13 '19 at 15:40
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    I would try to keep it, provided that you actually worked with them. You don't need to take the advice of every reviewer - only consider it. But it is the editor who chooses as Bryan Krause says. But if they have changed your field, you might, instead, think about organizing a retrospective volume in their honor.
    – Buffy
    Mar 13 '19 at 16:35

This sort of thing is really up to the editor, not the reviewers. Reviewers are to assess your paper on scientific/academic grounds. The proper position or appropriateness of an epilogue is not really their purview, it's an issue of journal style (though I also don't find it wrong that they commented on it; effectively, they are helping the editor by 'flagging' this for their attention, kind of like is done on StackExchange). To me, the acknowledgment section seems appropriate if it goes anywhere, but I'm not your editor.

If you will be writing a response to the reviewers, thank them for their opinion and inform them you will be consulting with the editor, and do so. The editor could prefer you remove it altogether, place it in the acknowledgment, or suggest you submit a separate entry in some other format, for example to appear as a comment on your paper in the same issue.

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