Monday, November 16, 2009
What's the Point of Blind Review?
A few days ago, I agreed to comment on a paper at the Pacific. Today, I was asked by a journal to review a paper with the same title as the conference paper. It occurred to me that I should decline to review it for the journal because I know the identity of the author. But then I started thinking that all I know is the name and affiliation of the author-- I don't recognize the name and don't have any particular view of the affiliation. Is simply knowing these things sufficient to undermine blind review? I suppose it does. Does this seem correct?