Thank you for submitting your paper “The Pursuit of Excellence: Can Academics Join the Dots?” to this journal. I have been assigned as your handling editor and look forward to working with you. I have read the paper very carefully myself, as well as the comments of the two reviewers who you kindly commissioned. My overall decision is to invite you to revise and resubmit the paper but I should emphasise that this will be an extraordinarily high risk revision. Please understand that this is much more of a risk than even a very high risk revision, and certainly riskier than a high risk revision which is the lowest level of risk that a top-ranked journal can accord a revision. If you find this extraordinary then do please understand that as a top-ranked journal we can only publish rank papers and this is a risky business.