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Manuscript preparation for double-blind journals

Preparing your manuscript for submission to a double-blind journal

Where a journal uses double-blind peer review, authors are required to submit:

  1. A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymised. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
  2. A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymised material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers.

Anonymising your manuscript

Where present, the following identifiable information should be treated as follows:

  • Remove author names, emails and affiliations
  • Remove the Acknowledgements
  • Remove identifying information from file names and document properties using Document Inspector
  • Anonymise the Conflict of Interest statement where a competing interest exists, e.g.:
    • The author(s) declared following potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: [details omitted for double-anonymised peer review]
  • Anonymise the trial registration number and date
  • Anonymise the funding source(s), e.g.:
    • The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was funded by [details omitted for double-anonymised peer review]
  • Avoid using self-citations. If you include an essential self-citation then:
    • The citation should not be anonymised  
    • If necessary, it should referred to in the third person, e.g. write "Jones and Xi (2020) have shown", not "we have previously shown (Jones & Xi, 2020)".​