This question falls in the general category of another question from 5.5 years ago with the addition of the explicit request from the reviewer.
A comment from a reviewer requested that units of all physical quantities must be clarified (e.g., N, N/m, etc...). eg, F = m * a. Assuming based on the review, it would be m is mass in kg and a is acceleration in m/s^2 and F is force in N.
Now I see a few issues and wanted advise:
- The equations are not empirical, hence it can be any unit for mass and acceleration.
- If I use units in terms of fundamental dimensions (as per the link) I do not satisfy the requirements of the reviewer.
- Personally, I have not come across any data historically that has units associated to equations in a manuscript.
Hence, I am seeking advise as to, either:
- How to reply politely to the reviewer.
- An IEEE or any other journal guide to author that explicitly states how to make such connection for the units in the equations.
Manuscript Field : Civil Engineering / Computational
UPDATE: Going with the suggestion below (and accepted answer) we wrote to the editor about it, and clarified that we will use units in fundamental dimensions for all equations. The editor and reviewer were both satisficed and the paper was accepted. Looking back, I just think it was a misunderstanding of the how the comment was written plus the fact that one equation parameter had a unit missing.
Thank you for the help and suggestions.