I am writing to you in regards to manuscript # Access-2018-24386 entitled "Reliability of Distribution Systems in the Smart Grid: Research Challenges and Opportunities" which you submitted to IEEE Access.
In view of the criticisms of the reviewer(s) found at the bottom of this letter, your manuscript has not been recommended for publication in IEEE Access.
We do encourage you to revise and resubmit your paper once you have addressed the concerns and criticisms of the reviewers. I believe they have added good insight on how to further improve your article. IEEE Access has a binary peer review process that does not allow revisions. Therefore, in order to uphold quality to IEEE standards, we need to reject an article even if it requires minor revisions.
Please revise your manuscript based on reviewers¡¯ feedback and resubmit; elaborate on your points and clarify with references, examples, data, etc. If you do not agree with the reviewers¡¯ views, then include your arguments in the updated manuscript. Also, note that if a reviewer suggested references, you should only add ones that will make your article better and more complete. Recommending references to specific publications is not appropriate for reviewers and you should report excessive cases to ieeeaccessEIC@ieee.org.
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We sincerely hope you will update your manuscript and resubmit soon. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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Dr. Eklas Hossain
Associate Editor, IEEE Access