My paper received a good review, but we've been implicitly asked (interpretation of my supervisor, not mine) to do two experiments to verify a method I use. We then asked the editor for some time to perform these experiments, which the editor accepted. Then two things happened:
- The experiments were messed up due to some unfortunate technical error and now I can't meet the deadline.
- After some deep digging in preliminary experiments and literature, I found data that could replace these experiments just good enough in my opinion.
The question is now: Should I ask for more time to retry the experiments, or should I just send the literature/preliminary data to the reviewers? Which choice would be wiser?