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Blind Review

Postby jdalton » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:12 pm

Hi:

We have a journal with an assistant acting as a managing editor to the 4 original founding editors. The four editors are asking that when they log in as 'editors' they NOT see the author names on current submissions, though the managing editor should so she can forward it on to a selected reviewer and move it through the system. Can you help explain how we can do this? (We're still using 2.0)

J Dalton
University of Windsor
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Re: Blind Review

Postby jmacgreg » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:27 pm

Hi J Dalton,

If your four editors are logged in with the role of either Editor or Section Editor, there's no way to easily remove the author information from the submission metadata they can see. What role will your four editors be playing, exactly -- what kind of permissions do they need?

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Re: Blind Review

Postby jdalton » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:38 pm

Thanks James.

The four editors have published this journal in print for 30+ years, and the contributor pool is very small - small enough for the editors to know most of the authors submitting. They want to select reviewers based on a perusal of the content but they don't want to know who the author is until the review is complete. Problem is that the author names appear when they log in as editors to check on the number of submissions recv'd and where they are in the process, etc.. I understand the software is designed to block author names from reviewers only, but wondered if there was a way the managing editor could strip author names and rely on submission numbers for tracking while the submissions work their way through the review process.

thanks

Joan
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Re: Blind Review

Postby jmacgreg » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:51 pm

Hi Joan,

The main editor would be able to do this, although it could introduce problems if not tracked carefully.

When an article hits the "unassigned" queue, the editor can click the "Edit Metadata" link and change the author's first and last name and email address. These fields can't be completely blank, so something will have to be added there; in addition, if you change the email address, system emails won't work as expected. Normally, you'll have the option to edit/add the email address for any correspondence between the author and editor, but again this would be adding a certain layer of complexity to the arrangement. As well, the editor would have to re-add their names before publication, otherwise you'll be getting some very strange results in your ToC.

I would suggest trying that; also, what you may want to try is adding the four editors as reviewers, and sending the content-stripped papers to them for a preliminary review round. They could then simply use the review comment box to suggest the reviewers to be chosen for the next review round. They wouldn't have so much in the way of hands-on control, and it would again add a layer of complexity for the main editor, but it would guarantee they see the papers blind.

Cheers,
James
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Re: Blind Review

Postby jmacgreg » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:02 pm

For future reference: Joan tested option #1 above, and while the author information has been obfuscated, section editors can still see 'submitter' information under the article summary page. Since the submitter is almost always the same person as the author, my first recommendation would not work.
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