I have submitted a paper and got a R&R. After the submission, I have learned new method techniques for my research and I found those very compelling.
Now, I would like to use them and I was wondering whether I could change the method section of the reviewed paper and re-submit the changed paper with the new method?
It would still be the same research question, the same dataset and theoretical framework (with minor adjustments). Of course, I would explain in detail that the newly discovered method would suit very well to the same dataset used before, would present the results better and thus, improve the paper a lot. However, the reviewers haven't criticized the used method or suggested a new method approach for my paper.
- Is such a change in the method section after the first peer review round possible?
- Is such a change acceptable and okay for the journal editors and the reviewer?