Double Blind Peer Review Process

This journal uses a double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  The editor of journal first gets a review from one reviewer. If the report by the first reviewer is positive then the editor gets another review report from a second reviewer. The manuscript would be accepted after the positive report from both reviewers otherwise the manuscript would be returned to authors for revisions. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity.  To help with this reparation please ensure the following when submitting to the journal:

Author details must be at the start of the manuscript just after the title line. Author details should include the authors' name and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including telephone or e-mail address.

Information to help prepare the Blinded Manuscript

Besides the obvious need to remove names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript, there are other steps that need to be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review.  To assist with this process the key items that need to be observed are as follows:

  • Use the third person to refer to work the Authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before”.
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier
  • Do not eliminate essential self-references or other references but limit self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper.
  • Cite papers published by the Author in the text as in style recommended by the journal.
  • Remove references to funding sources
  • Do not include acknowledgments
  • Remove any identifying information, including author names, from file names and ensure document properties are also anonymized.