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    Question What does "Change it by a figure" mean?

    I have obtained a reviewed text back and there is a reviewer's note to a simple table with several values: "Table 3: Change this by a figure".
    Does anyone know what does it mean?

    I initially thought that it might be reviewer's mistake and I should change the table to a figure (graph) but I am not sure now.
    Any idea welcome.

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    Re: What does "Change it by a figure" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by lestoc View Post
    I initially thought that ... I should change the table to a figure (graph)
    I suspect you might be right, but why don't you ask the reviewer for clarification?

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    Re: What does "Change it by a figure" mean?

    Is it possible you have two "Table 3"s and this should be Table 4? Or that you skipped Table 2 so Table 3 should be relabeled as Table 2?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does "Change it by a figure" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I suspect you might be right, but why don't you ask the reviewer for clarification?
    It is a peer-reviewed journal with blind review sent through automatic system. I can hardly reach the reviewer.

    @ Barb_D I have doublechecked the numbers in captions but it is in order. Thanks anyway.

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    Re: What does "Change it by a figure" mean?

    === Not a teacher ===

    Usually the reviewers are not native English speakers, but rather experts in the corresponding research field.

    Besides the already above written suggestions, maybe the table you are talking about contains numbers and the referee wants
    you to add one more "figure" in order to enhance the precision. Or maybe there are too many "figures" and not all of them are
    significative (for example experimental data should agree with the measure "error").

    Anyway, even being a blind review you may mention in your letter to the editor that you did not understand that point, mainly if
    you manage to respond to the majority of the items pointed out by the reviewer.

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    Re: What does "Change it by a figure" mean?

    I think your idea is a good one. The editor will have the final word on this issue.

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