Questions tagged [anonymity]

Questions concerning systems where the identity of those involved is intended to be unknown, such as in double- or single-bind peer-review.

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Reproducible, open, transparent, ethical Research when confronted to (patient) data anonymization : is it at all possible in practice?

A lot of Hype goes in reproducible, open and transparency for data analysis theses days in some fields mores that other. The code is to be share as well as the dataset. How to achieve this in a ...
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Does the GDPR cover reviewer blacklists, and if so, how? [closed]

I've served as an area chair for several conferences. Following the review period, the program chairs asked the area chairs to submit to them an annotated list of problematic reviewers. Mostly these ...
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Ethics of “saving a publication for later” through anonymous submission? [closed]

This is more of a thought experiment than a problem. I just want to know how ethical is it. Suppose a student discovered a very cool theorem/result that would yield a very good academic paper in a ...
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Can I submit a paper under an alias so as to avoid trouble in my country?

I have done research on a topic that is very sensitive in my original country. I want to submit a paper to a (well-rated) Computer Science conferences, but I do not want to use my real name or ...
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Does posting paper online anonymously prevent me from publishing it in journal?

I am a high school student and I am trying to publish my first research paper in mathematics. However, I have already had my full paper posted without author information on the website of another ...
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Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

Say a reviewer writes something like This paper is [yada yada blah blah]. Sincerely, Professor John Smith, Big Name University Should the editor just forward the review to the authors ...
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Why we don't mention the names of reviewers?

When a paper appears in a science journal, why do not mention the names of the reviewers so that we, as readers can get an idea about the seriousness of the paper?
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Diverging coauthor opinions - publish anonymously or don't publish at all?

This question is a splinter of an earlier question, posted separately upon advice from commenters. The background is: (1) I audited a course at an institute I don't belong to. As part of the course,...
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Writing homework essay anonymously to avoid controversy

I am attending a course at a neighboring institute purely out of interest. Neither credits, nor grading of any kind are involved. As part of the course, we are required to work in pairs (assigned, ...
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What is “double blind” reviewing?

I have been visiting some journal websites and I found that some of them state that they use a double blind review process. What does it mean?
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How to provide an anonymous copy of work online?

It may seem odd, but I need to put an anonymous part of my work (an algorithm) online. Well, it should be available online as I want to refer to it in a single-blind submission (but not as the ...
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Talking about works under submission without breaching anonymity

I work in a medium/small-sized field within Computer Science. In this field, there are three major conferences. I'm currently submitting my resume/statement to one of these conferences as part of an ...
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Is there any evidence that double blind peer review systems are beneficial?

Every so often, I stumble upon a question concerning "double blind peer review", i.e., the authors don't know the reviewers (as usual) but also the reviewers don't know the identity of the authors. ...
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How to acknowledge an “anonymous” referee who identified themselves

I believe that I'm in a rather unusual situation and, as the title suggests, there is some uncertainty about how I should acknowledge a particular referee. This referee was supposed to be anonymous, ...
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Before submitting a paper, should I remove acknowledgement for the sake of anonymity?

I have this paper to submit. A professor has given great comments on a previous version of my paper. To submit I need to make it anonymous. Should I also remove my acknowledgement. I think that to ...
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Can an associate editor of a journal see my name?

Recently I received a rejection from a top journal. But when the editor in chief sent me the rejection email, she included the name of the associate editor that handled my paper. This associate editor ...
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When does one / who usually anonymizes data?

I'm coding some transcripts at the moment and the data I am working with is not anonymized yet. I'm a research assistant, I did not collect the data and I am obviously not the PI. What strikes me is ...
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Should I preserve anonymity or strictly follow a journal's instructions?

I'm submitting a manuscript to a journal using LaTeX for the first time. This journal is a little unique in that it features open source software packages, and you must provide a link to a public ...
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In a camera ready paper (has been accepted), how to cite my own paper that is still under blind review?

Please Note I am asking how to cite a paper under blind-reviewed in an accepted paper, NOT a new paper to be submitted. Chronologically, First, I submitted paper A that requires double-blind review....
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Citing own work within a paper and being anonymous

I am reading a paper in which the author cites his paper in a very explicit form. The reformulation of one of his sentence in the paper was in this form: I have already made this point in a few ...
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FERPA: Can I anonymously quote a student?

Every once in a while, my students write something outrageously funny in their homework, either on purpose or by accident, and I'd love to share these short quotes with a colleague/friend for mutual ...
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Researcher anonymity in fieldwork

Numerous posts on this site address anonymous or pseudonymous publication, but not anonymous or pseudonymous fieldwork. There plausibly exist situations in which a researcher undertaking fieldwork ...
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Who is responsible for “blinding” a paper for double-blind review?

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 ...
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Is there such a thing as “open” double-blind peer review?

Is there such a thing as "open" double-blind reviewing, where the author's comments, the reviews, and any interchange between author and reviewer are viewable, not just by the editor but also by the ...
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Is it unprofessional for a journal editor to be anonymous?

An editor of a journal asked me to review a paper but did not provide his/her name or institution, signing the e-mail as, essentially, "Editor of ...". The e-mail seems to be based upon a template. ...
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Can I submit my paper without author list (double-blind) to a conference with a single-blind review process?

I am submitting a paper to a computer science conference, can I submit it without author list? The submission guideline says: "submissions are reviewed following a single blind review process, meaning,...
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Revealing manuscript referees' identities after review: Why is this a bad idea?

Motivated by the How can an author get assurance that his work will not be stolen by journal staff or reviewers? question: Authors submit their manuscripts to be reviewed by a journal or conference. ...
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Is there data or research on the tradeoffs associated with allowing anonymous posting on forums like Piazza?

A large amount of research from the EdTech world finds that forums that encourage social learning, if used right, can significantly improve learning outcomes. Of course, there are downsides. One of ...
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Why does the paper award jury have access to the author names in some blinded publication venues, prior to deciding to whom the award should go to?

Quite often, in publication venues where the author names are not visible to the reviewers and where some paper award is given, the authors are not blinded to the individuals who decide to whom the ...
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Affiliation and address when writing under a pseudonym

Quite a few threads have already discussed the issue of publishing articles under a pseudonym, such as Is pseudonymous publication ethical? If I publish under a pseudonym, can I still take credit ...
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Double blind review: anonymise data source?

Apologies if this has already been answered: but I could only find questions relating to paper citations and grants in relation to double-blind reviews on academia. If you are submitting a paper to a ...
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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

Does anyone have any good advice for obfuscating one's writing style when reviewing papers? I have a fear that I would inadvertently use the same turn of phrase in a referee report as in some ...
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Citing oneself in PhD application documents: Good or bad?

Some PhD applications I've gone through involved submitting a research proposal, statement of interests and/or a sample article review (e.g. of a specific, pre-determined article which has relevance ...
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Double-blind review: submit a follow-up paper in a very short time

My colleagues and I are planning to submit to a conference which adopts double-blind review. The deadline of the conference is in 3 weeks. The work we plan to submit is built on our previous work that ...
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How to anonymize research software in an abstract?

I'm writing an abstract for submission to a conference aimed at a rather small research community. The abstract should be submitted anonymously for double-blind review purposes. The problem is that ...
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How to anonymize self-citation of source code repository in IEEE double blind peer review?

I am going to submit a paper IEEE Communications letters. In the paper, I cited my source code repository to provide an open access: ... For more detail, please refer [1] ... Reference ...
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How do I write a cover letter for a journal that has a double blind review process when I need to reference my previous conference paper?

My research area is in Computer Science. I am going to submit a paper to a journal, that has a double blind review process. The paper builds upon our previously published work in a conference paper. ...
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How is publishing under a random pseudonym authorized?

Who decides if someone can author/co-author an academic article under a pseudonym, when you want to do so to hide your identity on Google but still want credit for it for your academic advancement? ...
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How often can the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind?

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at how often the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind? I am aware that the answer is likely ...
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Is it appropriate to ask an editor to have double blind peer review even if journal does not offer such an option?

The journal that I have chosen for submitting my paper doesn't use double-blind review (double blind review means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and ...
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Why do some conferences with double blind review ask for author names when submitting the paper for review?

I wonder why some conferences with double blind review ask for author names when submitting the paper for review. Why not asking for author information once the paper has been accepted?
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Are author names typically visible to reviewers for paper award decisions?

I wonder whether author names are typically visible to reviewers when they decide paper award recipients. (i.e. non-anonymous process) I am mostly interested in the field of computer science (...
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Should I hold back criticism in an anonymous survey for fear of identification by the professor?

At my university, at the end of every course, professors have to submit an anonymous survey to the students. In this survey students can write the good and bad aspects of both the course's program and ...
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Acknowledge grants (which may indicate conflict of interest) in double blind review?

I have run into a bit of a double-bind for double-blind reviews as an editor. In short, the problem comes down to if reviewers should see an author's Acknowledgements section which cites the grants ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

I am from country A and am studying in country B. A researcher from country C would like to collaborate with me. However, my home country (country A) has poor (hostile) relations with the researcher'...
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Will my submission be rejected if I accidentally submit the non-blind version to a conference with double blind review?

I recently submitted a paper for a conference, I'm pretty confident about the topic and contents of the paper, but I just realized I sent the copy where the authors' names are in it, i.e. not the "...
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Research assistant wishes to remain anonymous, what to write in the acknowledgement?

So this is pretty much it. My co-author, who is also the main author, has hired an assistant through Elance (an online work outsourcing platform) for doing statistical analysis and also to collect and ...
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Preparing a manuscript for double-blind review, what is meant by “complete manuscript text minus the title page” and “separate title page”?

I want to submit an article to a journal which uses the system of double peer review, the information that I found was the following: Confirm that you have prepared: (a) a complete manuscript text ...
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Can I have external people proof-read texts from teammates in a group project?

I'm attending a seminar, where we've been tasked to read some papers, extract information for them, and write an essay about our findings. The lecturer has teamed me up with two other students for ...
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Will the origin of anecdote in paper violate double-blind policy?

A paper I am writing utilizes a short story from Japan to make a point. In the paper, I have written the punch-line in Japanese, with a translation added. I am not from Japan, but would such an ...