I want to reply to the reviewer's comment (see below) on my paper,

My concerns have been addressed satisfactorily and the paper is acceptable.

My own reply would be like:

Your recognition of our work is much appreciated.


Your encouraging comment is greatly appreciated.

However, it seems unnatural to read, How to give an more appropriate reply?


There are a few points that have to be considered here.

First, a reviewer will usually not see an authors response to their review except if the reviewer has accepted to review also the (major) revision and the manuscript is not accepted after the revisions. This means such a response has no audience and editors will not typically convey such messages between author and reviewer.

Second, All reviews and rebuttals pass an editor, with the explicit exception of an open review (visible online), which occurs in a few journals. So for the most part the response you provide should be directed to the editor. It is perfectly fine to tell the editor you really appreciate the reviewers comments but that will most likely not reach the reviewers as pointed out above.

Third, most authors provide an acknowledgement in their published papers and it is in most, or at least many, circles considered polite to thank reviewers in the acknowledgement. A common phrase could be that "the manuscript was improved by the [insightful] reviews by X and y [or: the anonymous reviewers]" or something along those lines. The square parentheses indicate places where alternatives are necessary depending on ones view of the reviews. There is no need to involve very complicated thanks here as has also been pointed out in other replies. Simple and straight forward is better.

As a final point, the quote you provide stating that "My concerns have been addressed satisfactorily and the paper is acceptable." is not what I would consider an overwhelmingly positive response and your thanks should be written with this in consideration. If someone says the manuscript is just ok but publishable, a response glorifying the review and the effect of the review will certainly seem odd from all perspectives. So make sure there is a match between the "verdict" and your "thanks". Keeping it simple and non-convoluted is always a good reciepe.

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For this sort of reply, I personally like to keep it short and sweet:

Thank you!

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    What about this one: thank you for your kind recommendation. – wayne Feb 7 '15 at 3:46
  • @WangyanLi That works too: anything simple, really. – jakebeal Feb 7 '15 at 4:33
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    How about 'Thanks bro fistbump!'? – Marc Claesen Sep 7 '15 at 7:58
  • This. There's very little served in anything other than "Thank you." – Fomite Sep 8 '15 at 4:30

First, "your recognition of our work", although not intended as such, sounds slightly egotistical. Second, "your encouraging comment" seems to read too much into what is being stated: simply that your paper has met the necessary standard. While that may be encouraging to you (it would be to me), encouragement is not the purpose of the statement.

If you wish to thank your reviewer, you shouldn't directly address your thanks to that specific comment itself, but rather address your appreciation directly to the whole of the effort and time that the reviewer provided to help you to improve your work. Here's one possible way of starting such a statement:

We wish to express our appreciation for your in-depth comments, suggestions, and corrections, which have greatly improved the manuscript.

Ideally you should be specific in stating how you believe that the reviewer's comments have improved the paper: e.g. added clarity; technical accuracy; correction of specific errors; language; suggested analyses or experiments; etc...

Giving such feedback tells a reviewer that their anonymous review is valued and that their time was well spent. Remember: the anonymous peer reviewer is doing this as a community service for which they receive no payment and little recognition, if any.

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  • Thank you for your kind suggestion, I would like to use We wish to express our appreciation for your in-depth comments, suggestions, and corrections, which have greatly improved the manuscript as opening words in my response. It seems more official. – wayne Feb 7 '15 at 8:27
  • That is First of all, we wish to express our appreciation to the editor and the anonymous reviewers for your in-depth comments, suggestions, and corrections, which have greatly improved the manuscript.. My original words are First of all, the authors would like to express their sincere thanks to the Editor and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions, which I found it's not as good as yours. – wayne Feb 7 '15 at 8:39
  • It may be advisable to avoid condensing your expressions of thanks to the editor and the reviewer into a single sentence. – MurphysLab Feb 7 '15 at 8:46
  • It's an opening words, I would like to thank them again when I reply their detailed comments. – wayne Feb 7 '15 at 8:50

I would suggest the following response to the reviewers:

That's great to hear! Thank you for trusting us. Have an awesome day!

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    Sorry dude, but this doesn't answer the question. It deserves to be a comment at most, but I understand you don't have enough rep points to comment. So, I'm flagging this for the moderators to convert to a comment. :) – 299792458 Sep 7 '15 at 5:52
  • What does trust have to do with it? – Corvus Sep 7 '15 at 6:39
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    @TheDarkSide: This is not even a comment. The intended ways for expressing thanks are upvotes and bounties. – Wrzlprmft Sep 7 '15 at 6:41
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    This was not a "thank you" comment; it seems to be an actual answer to the question, as seen in context. – ff524 Sep 7 '15 at 7:54
  • this answer looks more like an attempt of trolling, like I had not seen yet on any Stackexchange forums. – Fuca26 May 15 '16 at 16:51

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