Often, one gets a notification email with, typically 2 to 5, review reports compiled together and one would respond to each of these reviews with a list of "quote/response" items (if needed, referring to the revised manuscript) in form of a response letter. Now, facing the case of both an email with review reports and a commented PDF basically replacing/extending one of the reports, how would I pragmatically write the response letter? Should I respond to the PDF-based review ...
- by copying each of the PDF comments into the main response letter, add a reference to the commented PDF, and add my response item?
- with another commented PDF (i.e. my comments would be next to the reviewer's comments and, if needed, refer to the revised manuscript) and refer to this PDF in the corresponding section of the main response letter?
The first solution sounds more coherent to me while the second solution may be more easily usable by editors or reviewers. Apart from that more general guidance, I haven't found anything. This might be a bit of a trivial question but I appreciate any suggestions about best practices.