Filler how to write a rebuttal

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Filler how to write a rebuttal

  1. 1. How to Write a Rebuttal Letter Scott G. Filler, M.D. Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  2. 2. The Grief Cycle Do  NOT  write rebu/al  le/er Write  rebu/al   le/er
  3. 3. The Process •  Contact program officer o Telephone better than email •  Read summary statement closely o  Especially the Resume and Summary of Discussion •  Look for common themes
  4. 4. Common Fixable Problems •  Poor writing •  Insufficient information, experimental details, or preliminary data •  Significance not convincingly stated •  Approach not shown to be feasible, but applicant can demonstrate feasibility •  Insufficient discussion of potential problems and alternatives approaches
  5. 5. Not Fixable or More Difficult Problems •  Philosophical issues (reviewers believe work is not significant) •  Hypothesis not sound or not supported by data presented •  Work has already been done •  Proposed methods not suitable for testing the hypothesis •  Poor investigator or environment score
  6. 6. The Rebuttal Section •  Length: 1 page •  Briefly summarize major criticisms •  Frame criticisms in a positive light The reviewers felt that we were unqualified to do the proposed work. vs. The reviewers felt that additional expertise in statistical analysis would strengthen the project.
  7. 7. The Rebuttal Section •  Some of the same reviewers will likely read the revised version •  Reviewers will comment on responsiveness to previous critiques •  Make suggested changes, if reasonable •  If suggested change is unreasonable, respectfully state why
  8. 8. The Rebuttal Section •  Be polite! “The reviewer is just plain wrong.” “We respectfully disagree.” •  Remember the viewpoint of the reviewer Grant not funded Grant may be funded
  9. 9. The Rebuttal Section •  Keep tone positive •  Try to convey commitment and excitement o Additional data o New publications •  Have someone else read it
  10. 10. Final Thoughts •  Only one resubmission allowed •  Make sure it is the best possible o  Maximize prelim data/publications o  Have others read it

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