Thanking referees at other journals?

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

A paper I am working on has been rejected by a journal, despite two positive reviews. One reviewer gave me excellent, very helpful suggestions for improvements which I have now made in the revised version. If the paper ultimately gets accepted somewhere, I think this person deserves an acknowledgement and if they read the published version will see that I took up their suggestions. Will it look bad to thank an ‘anonymous reviewer for Journal X’ in a paper published in Journal Y? Maybe my concern is pure egoism and not wanting people to know it was previously rejected, but is there any etiquette on this?

Good questions, and I’ve recently wondered this too. I often thank reviewers in my papers, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever published a paper in one journal and explicitly thanked referees from another one. I suspect one can sort of do whatever one wants here, but I too am curious: is there a particular etiquette here?

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