I am trying to publish a second experiment using a model that was previously published and has the ODD available online here at CoMSES. In the methods section I did a short summary of the model schedule and roughly what it does, without going into detail on every parameter and calculation, because 1) the model was previously published with a detailed description, 2) there is an open access document with the ODD available in CoMSES, 3) the code is freely available and the reader can see for him/herself.
One of the reviewers says he/she doesn’t have to read external stuff, and didn’t understand a thing about what parameters are and what the model does in detail. Sooo… now should I just include all the details again in the methods (risking having to copy-paste exact phrases from the original paper and ODD), or do I just ask “what is the purpose of a model description if everytime I publish something with the model I have to describe it again?”
Thanks for any tips/previous experience with this.