Is it my responsibility as author to remove author and affiliation before submitting the paper to a journal?

In my opinion it is, but then I read this blog article by an Editor-in-Chief of some Elsevier journal who lists several reasons for rejecting a paper, including:

The manuscript is not complete; it may be lacking key elements such as the title, authors, affiliations, [..].

So my paper can be rejected if I prepared it for double-blind review myself? But how can I make sure that the paper is properly reviewed without my name and affiliation?

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    Why do you think the editor is referring to a double blind review process, in that article?
    – ff524
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 8:44

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It will depend on the journal, and if the journal follows double-blind review, they will tell you how to properly format your paper. For example, the American Journal of Epidemiology:

Manuscripts must be submitted online in a double-spaced, blinded format, with pages numbered, in at least 12-point type, do not insert line numbers.

When uploading the manuscript to the Web site, please delete any text reference to the paper's authors, affiliations, and acknowledgments.


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