Peer reviewers are essential participants in the academic publication process, and their comments and suggestions are aimed at making our work more scientifically robust and clearly understood. Toward this end, they often work without pay to review manuscripts and uphold the quality of the published literature. Responding to the suggestions made by reviewers is, therefore, an important part of the peer review process. However, sometimes we might disagree with some of the suggestions made.

In this article, we provide some phrases and strategies to use if you decide not to make a suggested change to your research paper. We have classified these phrases according to 4 common reasons that authors tend to disagree with a comment or suggestion received.