Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Comments on “Anonymous reviews”

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I recently read four letters in Eos against anonymous reviews and zero letters for. I feel the need to add one to zero. When I started reviewing manuscripts, I had the ethical choice of whether or not to sign my name. After some thought, I decided I would not. Today, I feel the same for the same reason: I do not want people to think about who I am; I want them to think about what I write. R.E. Criss and A.M. Hofmeister would have me throw off my “cloak of secrecy—the costume of crooks.” Would seeing my face make my argument clearer or is it an excuse to judge the messenger?

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