Smith & Bailey (2017a) have raised concerns over the methodologies we applied for time series analysis in our study of the cyclic Devonian lacustrine deposits of northern Scotland (Andrews et al. 2016). Similar concerns have been raised on a number of occasions for similar studies (Bailey et al. 2009 on Kemp & Coe 2007; Smith & Bailey 2017c on Howe et al. 2016; Smith et al. 2016 on Fang et al. 2015 and Smith & Bailey 2017b on Perdiou et al. 2016). Indeed, a recent in-depth and technically robust rebuttal...

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