Windows-based Instructions

Who sees the file I attach to my review?

An attached file is usually the submitted manuscript that a reviewer may have added comments to using Microsoft’s Word’s Track Changes tool. In a double blind review process, the attached file is not delivered to the author directly. The Program Director will receive it and decide whether to forward it to the author.

By default, Microsoft Word includes your name along with the comments you have added. In order to preserve your identity, you must follow the steps in the link below to strip your name from the document. You must take these steps in a double blind review process.

Make reviewer names anonymous (Windows Users)

You can save a document without the names or initials of reviewers who are associated with the
document.

  1. Open a document that has been saved with comments that you want to make anonymous.
  2. Click on File, then Check for Issues, then Inspect Document, and then click the Inspect button at the bottom.
  3. Click the Remove All button that is next to the Document Properties and Personal Information heading.
  4. Click Remove All next to Document Properties and Personal Information. IMPORTANT Do not click Remove All next to Comments, Revisions, Versions, and Annotations, which will
    permanently delete all of the comments from the document.
  5. Click Reinspect, and then save the document.

When you reopen the document, all comments that appear in the document will appear without
names or initials.