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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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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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Academic discretion: Should one participate in online forums or Stack Exchange sites anonymously?

As we may ask and answer various questions on online forums or stack exchange regarding teaching, research, publishing etc; it may reveal our lack of knowledge on any basic topic. This might hurt us ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Who benefits from the anonymity of the peer review process?

I was reading an answer to another question, which says on the topic of a reviewer potentially contacting an author under a special set of circumstances Some would say you should wait until it is ...
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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 to make a paper anonymous for reviewers when it heavily extends on your own previous work?

I am writing a paper that continues and extends my previous paper (the usual situation), and I plan to submit it to a journal that conducts a double-blind review. It is a research that started ...
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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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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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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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Add acknowledgments and self citations to paper only after the blind review?

I am writing a conference paper of the first time, and the conference I am targeting requires anonymized submissions for the peer review. But at the same time, we (as in, my research group) are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keeping marking unbiased when work is not submitted anonymously

I'm used to a system in which all important exams or pieces of coursework are marked anonymously. (That is, papers are identified by candidate number, not by name, and the examiner does not know which ...
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Mentioning that my paper extends my project X: compatible with double-blind review?

I am going to submit a paper to a conference that uses double-blind review. The paper extends my project X, which was published somewhere else last year. In order not to break the anonymity, in the ...
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How can I cite my dissertation in a paper that will be double-blind reviewed?

A chapter in my dissertation has not been published in an archival conference. I am writing a paper based on the chapter for a conference that does double-blind paper review. The paper will include ...
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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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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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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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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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Referee access to a not-yet-public URL cited in a paper?

I am reviewing a publication, in which the authors give the URL of an online tool (data analysis and sharing) they have developed. This URL has apparently not yet been publicized, as searching for it ...
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Can I lose my job over writing a negative comment on (anonymous) faculty evaluation of institution?

I'm faculty and I work at a place that does faculty evaluations of our institution. I wrote a pretty harsh, but true comment on the back. While it's supposed to be anonymous, I'm still afraid it could ...
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How to anonymize a business in a paper?

I am assisting with a research paper about a single business. The business owners agreed to participate in the study on condition that their name remain anonymous. What is the proper or common way to ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I chase up confidential feedback not being "sanitised"

I'm not sure how to phrase the question exactly in the title, but the issue is essentially this. I gave some feedback for a subject I did, which I was told was confidential. The lecturer found out I ...
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What are the potential ramifications of a student intentionally deanonymizing his/her class evaluation?

Presumably, evaluations are anonymized to protect the students from possible retaliation by the instructor or institution. Is there anything in the reverse direction (keeping that information hidden ...
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If one got good feedback from a double-blind review, is it ever possible/ justifiable to find out who the reviewer was?

I got some impressively lengthy, detailed and mostly positive feedback in a double-blind peer review for a paper. Is it ok (or even possible), or is it against best practices (and considered taboo), ...
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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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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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Additional data for anonymous submission

I've recently submitted a paper to a conference requiring anonymous submission, meaning that the name of the authors should not be included, and no obvious self-reference should be made. The problem ...
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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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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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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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After revision: the paper is not anonymized - what does it mean?

I finally got the revision of my paper, but one of the reviewers complained that the paper is not anonymized. Since I'm not the native english speaker, it's quite strange to me. Does it mean that I ...
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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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Double-blind review with four references in a row?

I've read a lot of answers here about double-blind reviews and thesis or single articles. My problem comes from having four self-references in my article. I feel that if I include them all, could be ...
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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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