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I have submitted a manuscript to a journal. After some months, the submission is in the revised statute. One of the referees suggested the following to me.

Sections 2 and 3 should be synthetized

What should I do over Sections 2 and 3?

My field is math.

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    Congratulations on submission... Google says it means to combine... – Praphulla Koushik Apr 12 at 16:34
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    @PraphullaKoushik You are welcome. – user3568 Apr 12 at 17:44
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    In general, people say “thank you” when the other person says “congratulations”.. :) never mind... – Praphulla Koushik Apr 12 at 17:49
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    @PraphullaKoushik Ok I got it! Thank you. – user3568 Apr 13 at 16:37
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Synthesize in this context means to merge the sections into a coherent whole. So the reviewer is probably suggesting that these two sections would make more sense structurally (from their perspective) if they were combined.

Beyond this, it is not possible for us to understand the exact purpose of the reviewer's suggestion, as we do not have access to the article you wrote, nor the rest of the review(s). In general, suggestions or comments in any review are best understood in context -- what is this reviewer's understanding of the paper? What is their likely background? What did they think of the paper overall; which sections did they like and dislike? Based on the answers to these questions you may get a better idea of why they are suggesting merging the sections, and how you might go about doing it effectively (or alternatively, how to respond to the reviewer if you disagree).

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    Thanks for your complete and nice answer. – user3568 Apr 12 at 17:03
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In addition to the meaning of this word in English, this may have been a mis-translation (a false friend from the referee's native language).

If the referee were Italian, for instance, they might have meant that you should reduce the length of these two sections.

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  • Although, I have accepted the first answer, I really like to interpret the word ` synthetized' to reduce the length. Thanks for your useful link. – user3568 Apr 12 at 17:02

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