Comment When did peer review become anonymous?

A.D. Madden (JFS Learning Resources Centre, 175 Camden Road, London NW1 9HD)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 1 October 2000


Anonymous peer review is an important part of the process by which academic information is evaluated. Some of the problems associated with the process are discussed below. Although the history of peer review is well documented, there appears to be no record of when it became anonymous. Since most criticisms associated with the practice result from the anonymity of referees, this is significant. A number of well‐known and long‐established journals were approached in an attempt to determine when they adopted the process but none of the correspondents at the journals knew.



Madden, A.D. (2000), "Comment When did peer review become anonymous?", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 52 No. 8, pp. 273-276.

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