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Double-Blind in Light of Internet – Note on Review Processes

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  • Holm, Håkan J.

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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This paper analyses the credibility of author anonymity provided by double-blind review processes. It is argued that authors have strong incentives to disseminate information about their papers before publication. A sample from two economics journals, both using double-blind review processes provides evidence that author revealing information of most accepted papers is available on the Internet before the review processes are finished. The difficulty and cost of identifying authors of anonymized unpublished manuscripts are examined in an experiment where subjects are paid according to their identification performance. The vast majority of authors can be identified within 60 seconds.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009:5.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 19 Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2009_005

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Keywords: Review Process; Scientific Publication; Experiment;

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  1. Holm, Håkan J., 2011. "Double-blind in light of the internet: A note on author anonymity," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 24-26, March.

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