6. How to get into graduate school
7. How to succeed in graduate school - Part 1
8. How to succeed in graduate school - Part 2
|Image credit: Nick of http://www.lab-initio.com/.
(By complete coincidence, a related post appeared today at Dynamic Ecology. And here is another recent one at Scientist Sees Squirrel.)
|How editors select reviewers - Grod et al. (2010) Front. Ecol. Evol.
|Types of reviewers - for more details see the awesome page:
4. Make actual changes to the MS whenever possible
As an aside , it is good to do these things even if your paper is rejected and then submitted elsewhere as it is reasonably common to get the same reviewers, who are annoyed at having to say the same thing they said previously and you seemingly ignored. And they really like it if you did what they suggested even if your paper was rejected. This happened to me once. I made many comments on a paper that got rejected from Journal A. I was then asked to review the same paper for Journal B. The author had - even though under no obligation to do so given the switch of journal - implemented essentially all of my suggestions, which were not trivial. I was very impressed and pleased and had many positive things to say about the MS, which as published in Journal B.
Of course, the above won't always work and, indeed, I have had papers rejected on the second round of review – although rarely. However, I do think the above steps will help you out. In closing, I will leave you with the famous video of Hitler responding to a peer review of his manuscript (which is apparently a lot less funny if you can speak German.)
Improving the reviewing process in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology