Ensuring a Blind Review
Every effort is made to prevent the identity of the reviewers from being known to the authors unless the reviewers have specifically indicated that their identities can be disclosed to the authors. If no indication is made either way, it is presumed that they wish their identity not to be revealed.
As an author, if you wish your identity to be hidden from the reviewers (a "double blind review"), check to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:
- The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
- With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
- With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.