I have a paper submission that now is going through the second round of revisions.
Reviewer #1 suggested publishing after some minor changes, while reviewer #2 has been more critical of the piece. Anyway, I submitted the revised paper and reviewer #2 now requested some minor changes, which editors agree with and asked me to address.
The reviewer wrote:
If the author can addresses these comments then the paper would be suitable for publication. (sic)
Is such a tone normal/usual for reviewers to use? I mean it is the editor who decides whether a paper is suitable for publication or not; what reviewers are expected to share their comments on the paper.
I have sensed a kind of gatekeeper attitude with that tone. Am I being too sensitive or has the reviewer indeed gone a bit too far?