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Hiding Behind the Curtain: Anonomyous Versus Open Peer Review

  • Andrea L. Suárez
  • Jeffrey D. Bernhard
  • Robert P. Dellavalle


For more than 50 years peer review has guided the decision-making process of editors regarding the merit of publishing scientific work. Peer reviews can be influenced by knowledge of the authors’ identities as well as anonymity of the referee. The value of the current peer review system apparently offsets areas of dissatisfaction that include: (a) reviewer bias as a result of knowing author identity, (b) unequal valuation of reviewer versus author anonymity, (c) resource expense for authors, reviewers, editors, and journals, and (d) inhibition of free communication. This chapter discusses the merits of hiding reviewer and author identity in the peer review process as well as the increasing importance of post publication review.


Peer Review Process Open Review Author Identity Author Anonymity Review Bias 


Funding: None.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea L. Suárez
    • 1
  • Jeffrey D. Bernhard
    • 2
  • Robert P. Dellavalle
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Denver VA Medical CenterUniversity of Colorado DenverAuroraUSA
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of EpidemiologyColorado School of Public HealthAuroraUSA
  4. 4.Department of Veterans Affairs, Dermatology ServiceEastern Colorado Health Care SystemDenverUSA

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