ASHA journals use single-blind review, which means that the reviewer knows the author’s name, but the authors do not know the reviewers’ identities unless reviewers choose to include their names in the review.
Authors may request a double-blind review, in which both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process, but identities will still be known to the editor-in-chief and assigned editor. Requests must be made at the time of submission and the author is responsible for removal of identifying information from the manuscript. To participate in double-blind peer review, please prepare your manuscript in a way that conceals the identities of all the authors and contact the appropriate journal (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org) before beginning the online submission process.
Please note that editors do not ensure that the authors’ identities are properly masked; that is the responsibility of the authors. The following steps should be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review:
- When you are submitting your manuscript via the Editorial Manager online submission system, the first page that reviewers should see should contain only the title, with no author names or affiliations, acknowledgments, footnotes, or any other information identifying the authors.
- Place any acknowledgments and all the author information (including details regarding the order authors’ names should appear on the paper in the event of publication), in the cover letter and not in the manuscript.
- Do not include names or affiliations anywhere in the paper or in any supplemental materials.
- Check the figures for appearance of any author names or any affiliation-related identifier.
- Do not include any running headers or footers that would identify authors.
- Avoid or minimize self-citation. If it is necessary to cite your own work, then refer to your own references in the third person. For example, write “Smith and Jones (2016) have demonstrated,” not “We have previously demonstrated (Smith & Jones, 2016).”
- Do not include work in the reference list that has not been accepted for publication yet.
- Remove references to funding sources.
- Ensure there is no identifying information, including author names, company, and “last saved by” in the file names or metadata of any of the files submitted. Clear any hidden information, including hidden text, revised text, comments, or field codes, that can remain in a document even though you can’t see them. Metadata containing author information is usually added automatically from the identity information on your computer. In many commonly used software programs (e.g., Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader), author information is displayed (and can be edited) in the “File” tab, under “options” or “properties.” You must edit or remove the custom field to remove that information.
When you submit the final draft of the manuscript for publication, you will need to put back any references to yourself, your institution, grants awarded, and so on.