Thank You, Reviewer 2: Revising as an Underappreciated Process of Data Analysis


  • Stefan Timmermans Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Iddo Tavory Department of Sociology, New York University



qualitative data analysis, coding, scientific writing


Qualitative data-analysis is considered finished after the researcher writes up the analysis for publication. However, if we compare the text as initially submitted to a journal with what has been published, we often find great discrepancies because of the way reviewers push authors to revise their article during the review process. We show how reviewers may initiate a new round of data analysis by focusing their comments on three areas: the fit between observations and theoretical claims, the plausibility of the theoretical framing or explanation compared to other possible explanations, and the issue or relevance or the contribution to scholarships. The result is that reviewers as representatives of a community of inquiry help shape data analysis.


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How to Cite

Timmermans, S., & Tavory, I. (2022). Thank You, Reviewer 2: Revising as an Underappreciated Process of Data Analysis. Sociologica, 16(1), 47–58.