For whatever reason, authors are occasionally able to guess who the reviewers of their papers are. Sometimes these guesses have even gotten published:
"We appreciate the very candid critical insights of 2 anonymous reviewers, M. Gompper, and K. Beard." In Conservation Biology.
"We do not gratefully thank T. Appourchaux for his useless and very mean comments." In ESA.
What is the best way for an editor to handle these not-necessarily-correct guesses, if they are noticed:
- during peer review (e.g. in the cover letter or author response to reviewers)
- after acceptance?