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Two Can Play the Game of “You”: Behavioral Consequences of Second-Person Pronouns in Written communications Between Authors and Reviewers of Scientific Papers

In peer review, authors addressing reviewers using second-person pronouns receive fewer questions, shorter responses, and more positive feedback. This is because “you” (vs. non-“you”) usage creates a more personal and engaging conversation. Here, the authors offer some reflections on their work.
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Jan 08, 2024