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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Is it acceptable to submit papers anonymously to Computer Science conferences that don't ask for anonymity?

Normally, a CS conference will give a clear indication in its Call For Paper (or in its submittion instruction) if the peer review of the conference is blind. However, if an author forget the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How to allow survey participants to contact me without breaching anonymity?

I started a survey yesterday as a part of an empirical experiment, using an online questionnaire. It is among the employees of the institution where I work to pay the bills (that's not the university ...
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Personal project vs. blind peer review

As a researcher in industry, I am interested in pursuing personal projects in my field (computer science) in order to improve my potential employability. With that objective in mind, I'd like to ...
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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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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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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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Should the editor share the names / institution information of authors with the reviewers

For most journals, the reviewer is aware of the names and the institution that the paper is coming from. IMO, if the paper is from a top institution, the reviewer might judge it differently than the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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