Asking editors for referee clarifications?

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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

I’m working on revising an R&R, but for one comment by a reviewer, I’m finding it difficult to understand exactly what the reviewer’s concern is. Part of the issue is that the comment is full of typos and incomplete sentences. But that aside, my question is more general: Is it ever alright to ask the journal’s managing editor to reach out to the reviewer on your behalf in order to ask the reviewer a question of clarification?

This is an interesting question, and I’m not sure what the answer is. I’ve never approached editors with a query like this, and wonder whether any readers have (and what editors and referees might think if approached in this way). Anyone have any helpful experiences/tips to share?

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