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?