I recently sent a paper to a journal which has now been reviewed by 2 reviewers. Both of them have some good points that I should change. However, both reviewers also suggest to include specific papers to "enhance" my paper.

However: These papers are barely related to my paper.

  • In case of reviewer 1 the whole research group of the papers suggested by this reviewer is identical for each paper.
  • In case of reviewer 2 five papers have been suggested. Even though different authors are listed two identical authors appear on each of these papers. Sometimes as a first author, sometimes not. But it seems obvious to me that one of these two authors must be reviewer 2.

I don't know how to deal with that. Should I write the editor? Should I ignore their suggestions? Should I include at least one of these references to make them happy? Their general opinion about our paper was good.

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    Note that the answers to the marked duplicate address (1) what to do when the suggested papers are relevant, and (2) what to do when the suggested papers are not relevant. – ff524 Dec 6 '16 at 17:33