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We are writing a scientific article with the current character count of 135,332 and no active comments or suggestions. Since yesterday, any attempt to make a comment or suggestion leads to this popup:

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You've reached the document limit for comments. Please make a copy of the document without resolved comments to continue commenting on the new copy.

Since there are no active comments, I understand that this is caused by the history. Googling shows that this is a very rare problem. Is there any information on the limit of the total number of comments and suggestions? The suggested solution is to follow the advice and make a copy of the document. In our case this is highly undesirable: we have ~10 active editors, the paper is about to be submitted and we really need the history, at least the named versions.

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You've probably already found your own solution to this (which you can share here) but this

The suggested solution is to follow the advice and make a copy of the document. In our case this is highly undesirable: we have ~10 active editors, the paper is about to be submitted and we really need the history, at least the named versions.

doesn't make much sense. Whatever journal you're submitting the paper to doesn't really care that much about its history, does it?

We ran into the same error in the case of a 2-year-old file keeping track of various marketing documents. The only workable solutions were using Google's message to copy the information over (nixing the comment history) or copying the sheet into a new file with the same effect.

Whether you need your document's history for your journal or for internal purposes, just keep both the old and new documents bookmarked. Basically, you have your edit history up to date X in one file and your edit history afterwards on the other one.

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  • Thanks for your comment - what you mean is that there is no solution. I also created a new copy w/o history. I didn't write that we needed history for the journal BTW.
    – alephreish
    Feb 21 at 15:10

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