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

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My paper has been criticized by an anonymous commenter online; what can I do?

There are many websites who let people anonymously attack studies just to disparage the authors. An example is Pubpeer (I confess that I had never heard of it before being warned by a colleague). If I ...
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Contacted by COI PC

I have a little bit of a weird situation. In a submission to conference (which is anonymous), I marked a member from the PC as conflict of interest (COI) due to personal reasons (rivalry). The chairs ...
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If I publish under a pseudonym, can I still take credit for my work?

Is it possible to publish under a nom de plume (pen name, pseudonym)? ... and still take credit for the work? I may have a chance to publish with the professor I am working with soon and if I am on ...
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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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Is it appropriate as a referee to contact an author after the editor rejected the manuscript?

This is related to this question, but it is more a special case of it. I reviewed a manuscript, which was submitted to a reputable traditional journal. The journal has a single-blind review system. I ...
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Ask Area Chair/Editor to reveal one of the reviewers of my paper [duplicate]

We submitted a paper to a venue and got accepted. The venue is single-blind, reviewers know our names, but we don't know who they are. During the review process one reviewer made very good suggestions ...
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A journal asks me "Do you want to get recognition for this review on Web of Science?" Anonymity and benefits?

Recently, I submitted a review to a major journal in my field. They asked me during the submission process, "Do you want to get recognition for this review on Web of Science?" How does this ...
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How to approach a continuation paper in such a way that promotes / ensures anonymity

I recently had a paper accepted into a conference, and am now working on a continuation of that paper. In the first paper I used one tool, while in this second paper I will use two tools. In the new ...
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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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Is it appropriate to try to contact the referee of a paper after it has been accepted and published?

I have a paper that was refereed, accepted, and published. The referee's report was overwhelming positive and enthusiastic about my paper and results. Now that the paper is fully published, is it ...
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In single-blind peer-review, can you reveal your identity without the editor's consent?

In my field (chemistry), review is always done in a single blind process, i.e. the author does not know who the referees were, but the referees do know who the authors are. In ten years, I have never ...
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How would using pseudonym for an article impact career? How can I still gain credit? [duplicate]

I am a student in the humanities and for my Masters degree dissertation I did an ethnographic research on a rather politically sensitive topic. I would love to publish an article or two about my ...
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Why don't we 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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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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How to reference a pilot study in an academic paper written in a foreign language?

I presented a paper at a conference and later the conference published it in the (non-academic) conference journal. It was done in a foreign language. Afterwards, I used the same idea but a different ...
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Conference optionally requests prior versions and reviews - should I submit this info?

Besides the anonymized manuscript of the paper, a conference in my field (HCI) "highly encourages" to also submit the venue and ID where the paper was previously submitted (and rejected) a ...
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What is the purpose of making authorship of scientific papers public? [closed]

Anonymity has the advantage of removing unnecessary bias. It draws the reader's attention on the subject without allowing it to check the authors' affiliations out. Public display of authors' names ...
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Why write papers anonymously?

The author Anonymous has 74,305 publications in the Scopus publication database. Those include 32,476 peer-reviewed articles, most from the 1980s and 1990s. Why would anyone write a peer-reviewed ...
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Is it fine for an author to ask the editor to disclose the name of an anonymous peer-reviewer if the review was exceptionally helpful?

I teach a seminar where I organize an anonymous peer review procedure among the students. One of my students gave another colleague an exceptionally helpful feedback. The recipient was so grateful and ...
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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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How to deal [as a reviewer] with a paper in peer review that breaks anonymity

I work in the field of organization theory and labour sociology and to this point of my career, I have reviewed about 4-6 papers. I have been asked by a journal to review a paper. The journal's scope ...
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How to cite statements in book based on unverifiable sources

While reading books on Indian politics (not aware if this happens outside as well), frequently the citations for a particular claim is some interview with a person being talked about. In this case, ...
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Handling collaboration requests from the authors of double-blind reviewed papers (after submitting the review)

(I apologize if this is a duplicate, but I was not able to find any similar case on AcademiaSE) I am finding myself in a very odd and unpleasant situation. The subject is "ethical" peer ...
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Why is peer review anonymous?

There have been a number of questions asked here, such as this question, or this question. The first question asked about how to find the authors of peer reviews. The second discussed the benefits of ...
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How to report a misconduct in methods in an article published by a top journal anonymously?

I found a potential wrong application of machine learning validation methods in one paper recently published in Nature Energy, which is the best energy journal (>50 impact factors). The authors ...
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How to deal with blinding when the new paper is a continuation of one's own prior research? [duplicate]

I wrote a paper (P1) which went through peer review and got published. The paper introduced a new graphical user interface (GUI) primitive. I then wrote P2, which extends P1, turning it into a new ...
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How can I timestamp my paper without violating double-blind review?

I submitted a paper to a top tier conference and it did not get accepted. The paper contains an original idea, and I am afraid that the paper could get plagiarized between the time I send it to ...
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Why don't all disciplines follow a double-blind review system?

I'm new to the journal publishing world, and I can't but help wonder why the review process isn't completely blind? By blind, I mean the reviewers don't know who performed the research or (more ...
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Should I suggest my sources as reviewers?

Authors are often asked to suggest reviewers for their article. In my own experience, the principal domain experts I can suggest are often the authors whose work I have cited, but suggesting them ...
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'Expert' interviews of academics - Consent and Ethics

I am conducting a research trip to another country where i will meet with academics (individually and as groups), industry professionals and other experts to explore different aspects of a particular ...
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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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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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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 because ...
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Open versus Blind reviewing process

A question I have been wondering for a while is if there exists an actual proof that a blind reviewing process (i.e. where the reviewers are anonymous, and the reviews not published) is better than an ...
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Asking a question in SE might be considered a breach of anonymity?

I find the SE sites, especially Math.SE, MathOverflow and CompSci.SE, extremely useful for solving specific problems I encounter during my research. But I have one concern: if I ask a question in an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 pseudonymous publication ethical?

From this MathOverflow question: William Sealy Gosset published a result under the pseudonym Student. (Because his employer, the Guinness brewing company, did not allow their employees to publish ...
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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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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 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 ...