A cover letter is your opportunity to respond to feedback from reviewers and describe the goals that motivated your work in revision and the decisions you made to improve your paper.  Here is a general template for a cover letter: 

  • Summarize your approach to revision.
  • List the major concerns from reviewers and how you responded to those concerns and/or why you chose not to address the feedback.
  • List minor concerns from reviewers and how you responded to those concerns and/or why you chose not to address the feedback.
  • Address in general how your revisions improved your paper and argument.
  • Conclude with a statement that explains the state of your paper now and the implications of your writing and research.