In single blind reviews, the authors are not given the identity of the reviewers, but the reviewers are given the identity of the authors. The editors handling the submission know the identities of everyone involved in the process, and the authors may or may not be given the identity of the editor handling their submission.
- Pure Math
- Physics (single blind is natural given the lively preprint culture)
- Some parts of Computer Science:
- Atmospheric Science / Meteorology (typically Open Single Blind, i.e. reviewer reports and author responses are openly available)
- Library and information science
(if your discipline primarily uses single blind reviews, add your discipline here)
In double blind reviews the authors are not given the identity of the reviewers, and the reviewers are not given the identities of the authors. The editors handling the submission know the identities of everyone involved in the process, and the authors may or may not be given the identity of the editor handling their submission.
- Some parts of Computer Science:
- Natural Language Processing
- Economics (although preprints common in practice)
- Public Policy/Administration
(if your discipline primarily uses double blind reviews, add your discipline here)
This is a system where the authors are not given the identity of reviewers, the reviewers are not given the identity of the authors, and the editors do not know the identity of the author and only find out if/when a paper is accepted (partial after-decision unblinding).
(if your discipline primarily uses triple blind reviews, add your discipline here)
Some disciplines use a hybrid system that is not easily classified as one of the above. If your discipline fits this description, note it below with a short explanation.
- Human Computer Interaction (HCI) - examples: CHI and UIST
- 2-3 "outside" reviewers review a submission double-blind. 1-2 reviews are single-blind reviews or meta-reviews by the equivalent of editors (members of a program committee), which both summarize the previously obtained external reviews and include the reviewers own judgement and discretion in assigning scores of their own. A light anonymization process is used, so blindness at any stage varies by submission. Final decisions are made collectively by a larger program committee, based heavily on the judgements of the editors as informed by external reviews, often using a score-cutoff (submissions receiving less than a certain score will not be discussed by the committee and are rejected automatically).
(if your discipline primarily uses such a hybrid system, add your discipline here)
Note that in all fields, how strict the blindness of submissions must be varies. Sometimes the submission must be scrubbed of any hint of who the authors might be, up to and including censoring citations that might suggest identity, rewording phrasing to speak of work in the third person, etc. Some venues within fields may even check to ensure that a search for the title of the submission does not return identifying results from previous talks or pre-print copies. Others take a light approach, and allow authors a great deal of discretion in choosing how heavily to censor their submission. Blindness does not mean that one party absolutely cannot figure out or determine who the authors might be, only that the identity of a party is not made intentionally explicit.
The Patterns Community in CS and other fields (including Poetry, actually) assign a shepherd to each paper. The shepherd works with the authors through several versions of the paper, seeking improvements. The shepherd reads a version and make suggestions. The authors produce a new version in light of the advice. Usually after about three rounds, the shepherd gives a recommendation to the conference committee.
If the paper is accepted by its shepherd and the committee then the resulting version of the paper will go to the conference, and be workshopped by peers of the authors in a session in which the authors take notes but, in the classic version, don't participate. A workshop isn't a presentation by the authors. The authors then write a final version of the paper that will appear in the proceedings.
Rejected papers might need to go through the process again.
There has been some evolution of the concept, but it is still used. If you read a paper in the proceedings of a patterns conference or in many books by community members it has gone through this process.
AFAIK, this process was first developed in the poets community where I assume it is still used.