Need to publish results of one my research in a journal. Springer’s manuscript guidelines prompt me to make a blinded manuscript containing no author information, but links in the References section (this one and to my images published with explicitly advertized authorship) quickly reveal who the author is.
Should the author
formally obey the blindness rule and ignore its silliness in the conditions given,
or replace such references (at least for the peer-review time) with some stuff included directly,
Would it be acceptable to hold the paper/preprint accessible by URL (especially with links from third-party sites) during expected peer review?