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Video clip: Charlotte suggests waiting a day or two before writing the response to reviewers.

So I think my experience with publishing since then - there are all sorts of pieces to it. There's - I had to learn through time. One of the biggest things I had to learn was not to take it personally when you got reviewers reports. It's incredibly difficult. You spend - You put huge amounts of your energy, effort and brain power into something - and not just yours, you've got, you know, students to work on this who've put you know, years' worth of their life into thinking about this and have done everything as far as you know, you'd all thought right and you'd all worked out together, and then you get reviewers reports back And its probably one of the, you know - And one of them writes something that's just totally stupid [laughs]. And you're not allowed to write back, "You're a total idiot." That's like not allowed on the list of allowed responses. So one of the things I had to learn was to always read reviewers reports and then stop, and go away [laugh]. And come back at least a day or two later, when I wouldn't be angry. I'd just be like, "Okay, so how do I now sort this out? This is not staying like this." Whether that's submit to a different journal, the response or whatever.

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