"In previous work (Smith and Jones, 1999), we observed that..."Do screenshots, photos or videos reveal identifying information?
"Smith and Jones (1999) have observed that..."
The presence of names, email addresses, location names, institutional logos,etc. in screenshots, photos or videos can provide identifying information, if it is clear that the submission describes work in the authorsí institution. Eliminating this source of identifying information requires careful attention to producing and editing such materials. Is a large proportion of the references in your bibliography to your own work?
If a large proportion of the references in your submission are to Salmoth and Billingsgate, many readers will infer that you are Salmoth and Billingsgate. You may wish to remove some references to your other work; they can be added in the final version if your paper is accepted. Do you explicitly or implicitly (by thanking well known colleagues by name) reveal identity in the acknowledgements?
Saying thanks "to my colleagues at Sneezylabs" or "my doctoral advisor at Euphoric State" may compromise anonymity. It is best not to make acknowledgements in the submission; they can be added if the submission is accepted. Does your submission contain bookmarks?
Make sure not to leave bookmarks in your submission, since these contain user or organizations names. Does your document file contain meta-information?
MS-Word and other word processors may generate and store meta-information which will be preserved in the PDF file. Therefore, do not enter any meta-information (author, organization etc.) for your submission file. In Microsoft Word, for instance, you can check whether the system generates such info: Does your PDF file contain Meta-Information?
- Open the document in MS WORD
- From the "File" Menu, select "Properties". If your or your institution's details are revealed in here, delete them before saving the file and converting it to PDF.
Check the PDF file for meta-information before submitting it: In Acrobat Reader, Select "Document info" from the "File menu", then "General info". If the filename or author reveal your identity or whereabouts, you can erase them from the original document and convert it again.