It is important to realize that the journal editor makes the decisions about rejection or revision and final acceptance. Some journals may treat reviewers like referees, and send a manuscript to two reviewers and then to a third in a tie-breaker situation. One reviewer may be asked to focus on only one angle, while the editor moderates.
But the advice from the reviewers about acceptance or rejection can always be overridden by the editor. He or she might see the value of requesting revisions to improve the paper and will override the reviewer’s advice of rejection. Or perhaps the editor knows that articles have been recently published on the same topic, and overrides the reviewer’s advice of acceptance.
If the journal editor asks you to revise your manuscript, you will have three options. Your choice will reflect the extent of revisions requested by the journal editor, whether you disagree with their decision, and how urgently you wish to publish.
In the last two cases, it is important to respond politely to the editor of the original journal and explain that you are withdrawing your submission. Remember to thank them for their time and comments.
In the next lesson, we will look more closely at how best to respond to a journal editor about reviewer comments.
Always discuss your decision with your co-authors first to avoid any conflicts. All authors need to agree on withdrawing a submission before you can resubmit elsewhere.