Receiving Reviews

It’s that time of year when decision letters (well, emails, really!) go out for Academy of Management submissions. It’s a good time to talk about handling reviewer feedback. How do you handle receiving reviews?

Back in the pre-electronic age of snail mail, the story was you could tell something by the thickness of an envelope–the thicker the better as acceptance letters often included long instructions about manuscript preparation. That led some to put off opening thin envelopes for days.

Some people have a trusted colleague, spouse, or significant other read the notification first and give the news to them gently. Others skim the letter quickly, spend a day or so working through their emotional response (positive or negative!) and then get down to the business of carefully reading the reviews for constructive feedback.

How about you, what’s your style?

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