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May 26th, 2016, 01:20 AM  #1 
Member Joined: Apr 2013 Posts: 36 Thanks: 0  How to replying to comments of referee when doing revision
Hi, I am a Ph.D. student and I have submitted my first paper to a mathematical journal. The referees proposed a major revision and resubmit a revised version. They gave a detailed list of amendments to make. Unfortunately, I cannot understand one of the comments made because it refers to part of texts which I cannot find. Can someone suggest ideas to reply very politely to the referee to ask what he means? I went through the whole paper again, but I cannot understand which part he's referring to. Thanks! Last edited by skipjack; May 26th, 2016 at 01:54 AM. 
May 26th, 2016, 02:06 AM  #2 
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Is it possible for you to ask for your supervisor's opinion first?

May 26th, 2016, 02:33 AM  #3 
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Hi, yes I did, he suggested first to try my best to do some form of amendment and if I don't have a clue to ask for further clarification. But i am not sure how to write it politely as I don't want to risk paper not getting published because of this.

May 26th, 2016, 03:18 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,353 Thanks: 464 Math Focus: Yet to find out. 
Just say it like it is. If the publisher is not going to publish your paper because you didn't understand what needs to be amended, then it's likely that making your interaction with him/her more polite won't help (much). The point is, just state what was not understood, and state it clearly such that there is no ambiguity in your question. This will hopefully result in the publisher replying with the answer you seek, and you not having to inquire further. 

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