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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

It's not worth it. Few waste time trying to unblind their reviewers to take retribution for bad reviews. It's just not worth it. The average journal submitter doesn't have enough power to do damage to ...
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Is there any evidence that double blind peer review systems are beneficial?

Yes, there is scientific research on this topic. Using data from ACM WSDM'17, A. Tomkins et al. showed that double blind reviewers are less likely than single blind reviewers to accept papers from ...
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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

Assuming that you really want to do this, here are some strategies that should not strongly diminish the readability of your review: If you are from an English-speaking country: Use the spelling ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

You are clearly in a tricky situation that the usual customs of academic publishing are ill-prepared to deal with. There definitely doesn't seem to be a standard, off-the-shelf solution to your ...
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Can I submit a paper under an alias so as to avoid trouble in my country?

This is a highly sensitive topic, see Brian Borchers' comment: As a practical matter, even if the publishers of the conference proceeding were willing to keep your identity secret it would probably ...
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Why is peer review anonymous?

The big reason for anonymous peer review is to allow the reviewers to speak their mind without fear of the authors taking revenge. Even if it's easy to identify, retaliation can happen: it's already ...
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Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

If the journal is structured with a blinded review process, as most are in my experience, I would censor the name as an editor. Only if there is some sort of explicit journal policy allowing ...
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Citing own work within a paper and being anonymous

If this is in the context of double-blind reviewing, the correct response to this situation is to alert the handling editor or PC chair to this situation. Different venues are differently strict about ...
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How to deal [as a reviewer] with a paper in peer review that breaks anonymity

Ask the editor that sent you the paper how you should proceed. Give them a synopsis of your concerns. It is really up to the journal how seriously to take possible breaches of double blind protocols. ...
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Revealing manuscript referees' identities after review: Why is this a bad idea?

Note that I can see pros and cons of optionally permitting reviewers to disclose their identity, or even making peer review completely transparent. But the following focuses on the problems of ...
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My paper has been criticized by an anonymous commenter online; what can I do?

I know pubpeer only for being sued by a researcher who, it turns out, had to subsequently retract over 40 papers. So I wouldn’t call them a “swindler website” or probably the ACLU wouldn’t have gotten ...
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Can I submit a paper under an alias so as to avoid trouble in my country?

You can write any name, and no one will check your ID. The reality is that you can submit a paper to any scientific journal under a fake name, and no one will ever check whether your name is real. ...
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How can I timestamp my paper without violating double-blind review?

The most typical way to time-stamp a piece of work is to place it in a public repository: arXiv is a good example when it applies; many institutions also have a technical memo or technical report ...
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How to make a paper anonymous for reviewers when it heavily extends on your own previous work?

Disclaimer: I work in a field in which double-blind reviewing is either completely absent or so rare that I have never encountered it. Would it be acceptable that I mention that this paper extends ...
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Research assistant wishes to remain anonymous, what to write in the acknowledgement?

There are several reasons for which that person might want to remain anonymous (e.g. s/he has been a victim of stalking). I'd then write something like: The authors would like to thank an ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

I would like to somewhat second David Mulder's idea to use cryptography to support your authorship claim in case it is ever needed. However, there is a simpler approach. Use a pseudonym in the paper ...
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Who benefits from the anonymity of the peer review process?

The readers and the editors can benefit. I know this is a contended issue, and there are many different views. But as you've asked specifically whether there's somebody else who is interested in the ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

Publishing under a pseudonym and receiving credit later has been possible under rare circumstances. For example, William Sealy Gosset published under the name "Student" because of restrictions ...
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Is there any evidence that double blind peer review systems are beneficial?

It's always struck me as a rather odd system, with no discernible benefits Given the ample evidence that non-blinded peer review is biased against a number of different "types" of authors, ...
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Should I suggest my sources as reviewers?

The fact that you cite their work, and that you use their work to inform your work, does not present a conflict of interest, and it's fine to suggest them as reviewers. Doing so might even be a good ...
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Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

So, I have heard of people not censoring when people do so. There have been at least some controversies in some fields where this has happened. See for example, https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-self-...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

Honestly, depending on just how sour the relationship between those two countries is it might not be a good idea to openly in your paper mention that the name of one of the authors was withheld due to ...
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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?

As @SE318 explains (+1), it is unethical to try and find out who a reviewer is. However it is not unethical for a reviewer to identify themselves if the so choose (some journals specifically give ...
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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

To add to Bill's answer, most scientists would agree that it is not productive to try figuring out who a reviewer may be, and consciously avoid thinking about it too hard. I make that a point when ...
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Can I submit a paper under an alias so as to avoid trouble in my country?

Others have mentioned that in most cases there's no real issue with submitting under a fake identification. As user111955 points out, the technical details of how to handle this are complex and you ...
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Mentioning that my paper extends my project X: compatible with double-blind review?

Yes, refer to Project X without stating that it is yours. In my field, instructions to authors for conferences that are double-blind reviewed often say: Do not omit references to provide anonymity,...
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Research assistant wishes to remain anonymous, what to write in the acknowledgement?

Your suggestion #2 is the best, I think. I've got a paper on my desk just now that acknowledges me (and a few colleagues) in this way - we're referred to as the staff of X group. It doesn't ...
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Before submitting a paper, should I remove acknowledgement for the sake of anonymity?

I would remove the acknowledgement. It's better to be on the safe side when you are submitting and do not disclose the data that could be used for author identification. You could always add that part ...
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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

I would suggest that you forget your current train of thought. Openly sign your review and write it as if you would tell it to the author's face. If your colleague wrote a bad piece, then help him by ...
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Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

There are a few different cases to consider. First of all, there is the question of whether a journal's policy even allows for signed reviews. I think that most journals do not have an official ...
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