Today I’m working on revisions prior to resubmittal on a manuscript that has been a very long time coming. While I’m busy with the revisions and reference formatting, I offer up this multiple choice question for your discussion.
You’ve got a manuscript that you think is ready for submission to a journal. It’s been through a significant reworking since the last time your co-authors have seen it, but now you think it is (finally) ready for prime-time. You’d also like to get the manuscript off your desk, so that you can focus on some other science for a while. In this scenario, which of the following co-authors are the best sort of co-authors to have?
- ones that sends back comments highlighting the weak spots you already knew about in the paper
- ones that sends back comments picking up on weak spots you didn’t know about in the paper
- ones that doesn’t offer any comments (has she read the paper?), but pats you on the head and tells you to submit it
- ones that doesn’t respond to emails, including the email where you tell her that you’ll submit the manuscript with her tacit approval if she doesn’t respond by X day
Pick an answer and justify it in the comments, dear readers. I’ll be back when I’ve had enough revisions to deserve a break from them.