Re: New AA Policies

Ann McMullen (annmm@CSD4.CSD.UWM.EDU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 08:32:10 -0600

On Fri, 4 Nov 1994, Lee Cronk wrote:

> They have not totally done away with it. I recently reviewed a
> manuscript for them, and this is what their cover letter said:
> "Please note that the author was given the choice as to whether or
> not to be anonymous at this stage, and that you have the same choice
> as a reviewer." The referee form has a place to check "yes" or "no"
> to the question "You may identify me as the source of the comments."

The journal _Ethnohistory_ has long had this kind of option for reviewers
to identify themselves if they choose, especially where the reviewer does
this so the author can seek out clarifications of comments made in
reports. However, the identity of the author is usually masked if it can
be done easily, but as Lee Cronk suggests, it is seldom difficult to
figure out.

Ann McMullen
(former editorial assistant, _Ethnohistory_, 1988-1992)